The Aviation Club kicked off the semester by attending and volunteering at several booths at the annual Miramar Air Show. The Miramar Air Show takes place over a span of three days and is a showcase of Naval Aviation consisting of thunderous fly-bys and dynamic and thrilling aerobatics performed by the best pilots our nation can provide. It is a great opportunity for club members, especially incoming freshmen, to spark their interest in Naval Aviation.
We then hosted a pizza and movie night to help foster communication between individuals interested in the aviation community and set our goals for the semester. It was agreed that the Aviation club should put more emphasis on practicing and training for the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB). The ASTB is a test required for all aviators and a great overall score can almost guarantee individuals a fast track to flight school. With the help of the senior club members, we were able to host a series of ASTB workshops and practice tests. The ASTB workshops dealt with Spatial Apperception, Mechanical comprehensions, as well as a class on Aviation and Nautical Information. These classes were designed to better prepare our future aviators for the main sections of the ASTB.
While the emphasis of the Aviation club was prepping our club members for the ASTB, we still made an effort to participate in flight simulations. Our flight simulators ranged from the Sh-60 to the F-18. Simulators are an excellent way to gauge whether or not aviation is the career path that Battalion members want to take. Overall, the Aviation Club had a great and successful semester. We met our goals of better preparing the future aviators in our battalion for the tests they have in their near future.
- MIDN 1/C Brian Entzminger
Aviation Club President