Explorer Orientation Flight Pilots


As part of the EAA mission to promote interest in aviation and aviation careers among young people, EAA Chapter 92, in cooperation wih the Orange County Pilots Associaton at John Wayne Airport, is assisting in finding pilots and aircraft to fly members of the Orange County Aviation Explorer Post 445 on their periodic orientation flights.
This website should give you a feel for what an Aviation Explorer Post is permitted to do under BSA rules as far as flying is concerned: http://resources.learningforlife.org/exploring/aviation/index.html
Post 445's plan is to offer  Basic Orientation Flights every 3 months or so and Advanced Flights twice a year.  The Basic Orientation Flights are typically with 2-3 Explorers in the plane and they fly for approx 30-40 minutes each and then land and rotate positions.  It gives them time to take control of the airplane as well as learn from observing in the back of the airplane.  Basic Orientation Flights have to stay within 25nm and must land at the originating airport.  The Basic Orientation Flights are with the Explorers only, no other adults other than the pilot.  The Advanced Flights can go up to 50nm and land at a different airport before returning.  The plan is to have 2 Explorers in each airplane and perhaps 1 adult.  This way each Explorer can fly 1 leg of the flight. The other option is to put all the Explorer adults in one airplane and meet at the destination airport.  The first place the Explorers wanted to go was Catalina.
The pilot in command of the Advanced Orientation flight must have a Private Pilot Certificate and 500 hours of total flight time and be current under FAR 61 to carry passengers and have a current medical certificate issued under FAR61. The pilot in control of the aircraft must have an IFR rating for after-dark flying. The aircraft must have FAA STANDARD Certificate of Airworthiness, other proper documents, and must be current in all FAA required inspections.
The pilot in command of the Basic Orientation flight must have a Private Pilot Certificate and 250 hours of total flight time, and meet the other requirements above.

Examples of hands-on flying experiences available to aviation Explorers include:

  • Fundamentals of Fight—Straight and Level Flight, Climbs and Descents, Turns, etc.
  • Navigation by Dead-reckoning
  • Radio Navigation
  • Two-way Radio Communications
  • Ground-track Maneuvers—Turns about a ground point, S Turns, Rectangular Patterns, etc.

Aviation Explorer posts cannot operate flights using aircraft with FAA SPECIAL Certificate of Airworthiness such as experimental class aircraft, hang gliders, hot air balloons (whether or not they are tethered), sport parachuting, and ultralight airplanes.
EAA Option: For EAA Young Eagle Flights, aviation Explorer posts can operate experimental class aircraft by only using the YOUNG EAGLES REGISTRATION FORM. A Young Eagle Flight using aircraft with FAA SPECIAL Certificate of Airworthiness is covered by EAA Liability Insurance. Explorers and adult volunteers who choose to operate experimental class aircraft must do so as private individuals and not as participants in aviation Exploring.
The current pilot and airplane Permit form can be accessed HERE.  If you are a pilot and are interested in participating, please review the Permit form, fill out page 3 with your pilot, aircraft, and insurance information and make a copy of your pilot certificate and current medical, and send it to the Post 445 Advisor via the Post 445 website.