Duluth Civil Air Patrol Seeks Teachers For Aerospace Education Membership

By KBJR News 1

October 24, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2010 at 12:07 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
The Civil Air Patrol is the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
Members volunteer their time to help with domestic missions like search and rescue.
Denfeld grad Pat Lawler is an Air Guard tech sergeant and a captain in the Civil Air Patrol.
"I like to give back to the community and volunteer my time because its very rewarding being able to search for people if an airplane has crashed." said Lawler.
The CAP also takes part in disaster relief, has a cadet program for teens and has an education program.
"The aerospace education program is a way for us to inspire and instill aerospace in the community." said Lawler.
Becoming an aerospace education member of the CAP costs 35 dollars a year in dues.
Members get plenty of educational materials for that money.
"We have curriculum and lessons for all different levels of education from elementary, middle school, high school and also into college." said Lawler.
You don't have to be a licensed teacher to sign up.
"It can be any youth organization like Cub Scouts and different organizations such as that can be involved with the aerospace education program." said Lawler.
Along with free aviation books, lesson plans and hand outs, one of the perks of membership is a free airplane ride called a TOP flight.
"The TOP flight is a way for teachers and youth organization leaders to see aviation from the perspective of flying in a plane and bringing that back into the classroom." said Lawler.
Civil Air Patrol pilot Gary Lemasters says that first flight could be the hook that casts a teacher into a life long love of flying.
"When I started flying in 1984, I still remember my very first flight like it was yesterday. It's something you'll never forget. You'll retain it forever." said Lemasters.
The mission for aerospace education teachers is to get young people off the couch and into the air.
I n the Northland, that could lead to a career in the clouds.
"Specifically in Duluth, we have a huge industry of aviation from the 148th to Cirrus to North Star Aerospace. To be teaching kids and have them inspired and get excited about aviation and go into that field going to be important for Duluth." said Lawler.
In Duluth, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.
Information about the Civil Air Patrol and the Aerospace Education Program can be found at www.gocivilairpatrol.com