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Wednesday, June 15

How It Feels to Fly (Alicia Keys)

In this house, we do airplanes in a BIG WAY!  So it seems fitting to share this extensive unit study for National Aviation Day with you, our friends.  Of course...every day is aviation day here...  *chuckle*  National Aviation Day is August 19th
My grandfather would have been 86 this week...on Father's Day.  We always held a big family cookout and then the 'boys' would go to the airport for the afternoon.  Being the oldest grandkid, I tagged along with them, because I really really loved flying!!

Not a day goes by that I don't remember my grandfather's voice.  He was the 'one,' the one special grandparent that you connect to more than any of the others.  I'm sure each of you has one, too.  If s/he is still alive, would you pick up the phone and have a conversation with them today?  For all of those who can no longer do so.

This post, and unit study, are dedicated to him.
Since the Flying Ace, our resident pilot-in-training, has been wanting to visit the airport again, we popped into the airport I grew up in, while we were in the area.  A few faces are missing, and it was raining, but ......everything changes, right?
The oldest was most interested in all of the vintage aviation gear out in the sitting room of the airport.  When I was growing up, none of this was here....it was definitely a man cave back then!!
Here the boys are playing around in the plane a few years ago...and this trip.  They're just a tad bigger now!
This airport happens to house the local medical emergency helicopter for a larger hospital in the area.  We were able to see how helicopter controls are different from airplanes.
One of my uncles works on airplanes as a job, and builds them for fun.  I guess you could say this whole 'flight thing' is in the blood!  Here, he is showing the boys a plane he just helped finish.
The boys got to see how these light airplanes are built, from start to finish.  They also learned how to use navigational charts to create a flight plan.  They had the privilege of working with one of the best flight instructors in the area as part of our older son's Boy Scout Aviation Badge.
Ace had a chance to play around in the cockpit of a plane that was awaiting repairs.  Nothing like a real plane to fuel some imagination play!
We topped off our aviation tour this week with a stop at the Wright Brothers Museum in Kitty Hawk, NC.

Aviation Unit


Vocabulary Words

flight
wind tunnel
air flow
air pressure
force
flight simulation
prototype
propulsion
aviation
aircraft
paper airplane
aerodynamics
balloon
spacecraft
airplane surfaces
test pilot
military aircraft
airplane
aircraft design
wind
glider
boomerang
kite
Bernoulli's Principle
wing
lift
parachute
air resistance
Air Traffic Control
thrust
Peregrine Falcon
pitch
roll
gravity
drag
Venturi Effect
blimp
airship
balloon
Concorde
seaplane
warbird
experimental aircraft
home built
cargo plane
hanger
airline
helicopter

More Aviation Units (full unit studies at each)

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