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Aviation Venture Crew to meet, readies for new season

The Stevens Field Aviation Venture Crew (The Crew) typically meets the second Tuesday of every month, though a scheduling conflict has pushed this month’s meeting to Thursday, Oct. 14. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center, 269 1/2 Pagosa St. (behind the Humane Society Thrift Store).

Thursday’s meeting will include a class on flight line management, or how to properly park an airplane. Youth Center access is from Hermosa Street, where ample parking is available.

As a new Venture Crew season begins (Nov. 1), The Crew encourages all young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 — and their parents — to join. An annual membership is just $15 for a fascinating year-round program. Membership fees are prorated, so a prospective member joining today would pay just $1.25 until the end of the month.

The Crew is now planning upcoming events and will examine the exciting world of aviation, including air traffic control, becoming a licensed pilot, military flying, available scholarship programs, and a variety of aviation careers. Throughout the year, members will participate in the many Stevens Field activities, assist with servicing aircraft, and meet pilots and crews.

While gatherings include crew business, awards updates and aeronautical training, the third Sunday of every month is reserved for flight-related activities, such as remote control flight games.

However, as a special event, The Crew will meet at the High Country RC Club Airfield on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. Crew members will learn about, observe and even operate remote control aircraft, including fixed-wing, multi-wing and helicopters.

The field is located just south of the PLPOA Clubhouse, and the Stevens Field Auxiliary will provide lunch outdoors. Participants must wear a hat with a bill, while organizers may cancel due to high winds or inclement weather. Because space is limited, attendees should pre-register.

For more information on the Stevens Field Aviation Venture Crew, when it meets, how to join, or to register for the Oct. 23 event, call Private Pilot Ground School Instructor Anne Kautzky at 903-7718, or Airport Manager Bill McKown at 799-1920. You can e-mail Anne at ladyjetpilot@skywerx.com, or e-mail Bill at bmckown@archuletscounty.org.

chuck@pagosasun.com