Sixth graders are learning aviation science in three sessions courtesy of an airport co owner and a grant from the local education foundation.
The sessions are conducted in January, April, and May by Linda Fritsche Castner, co owner of the Alexandria Field Airport. The aviation education program is funded by the Kingwood Township Education Foundation, and the $1,205 grant was obtained by Tanya Brooks, a Kingwood math and science teacher.
The students learn the basics of air pressure, drag and lift, and then build a model known as an FPG-9 which stands for Foam Plate Glider made from a 9 inch disposable foam plate. The same principles of flight that work with the flight of a Cessna also apply to the kids’ models.
Students test fly their aircraft, record their observations, and also make solar balloons. They also learn about velocity. They meet young pilots who assist Castner, members of the Central Jersey Aviation Education Science Club.