What is Aviation Exploring?

Exploring is Learning for Life’s (Boy Scouts of America) career education program for young men and women who are 14 (or 13 and have completed the eighth grade) to 20 years of age.

The young adults for the the area get together at a designated location, and are supervised by local/area "Aviation Organization" Representatives coordinated by Community Network Foundation. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, or citizenship is not criteria for participation.

Exploring is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults by giving back to their community. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities. It’s a commitment of your time, effort and desire to become a professional in aviation or aerospace engineering. Lead by professional that want to give back.

Participants will learn all aspects of aviation, as well as, receive opportunities one might only dream of on their own. Exploring also opens the doors for countless scholarship and community merit programs. During the year, explorers participate in charity events, fund raising activities, community projects, and social programs which will all benefit youth aviation for the futures as well as their own programs.

To be eligible, the student must first sign-up on one of our registration pages in your local area to be assigned to a first nighter orientation date. The exploring program runs year round and can be joined at any time.  However the season usually operates parallel to the local school system calendar.

So What is Aviation Exploring?


Aviation Career Exploring like most exploring posts is open to young men and women ages 13 (and completed the 8th grade) and 20 years old (not yet 21), but, with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Aviation.

Aviation Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes young people to Piloting, Aeronautical Engineering, Air Traffic Control, and Aviation Management. It offers aviation experiences, as a possible career or for the sheer pleasure of being around airplanes.

The most popular Aviation Exploring careers include:

  • Pilots
  • Aircraft mechanics
  • Flight Engineers
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Avionics Technicians
  • Air traffic Controllers
  • Flight Attendants

Career Exploring combines some classroom training with outside flying lessons or field study. You get to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a pilot, aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, aircraft builder, program manager or air traffic controller.

You will learn

  • Aviation policies & procedures
  • Pre-flight lessons
  • Airline Pilot Experiences
  • Aircraft manufacturing
  • Equipment
  • Aircraft construction techniques

You will develop

  • Flying Skills
  • Aviation Protocols
  • Leadership methods
  • Teamwork

You will have an opportunity to participate in

  • Flight scenarios
  • Flying Lessons
  • Tours of airport and Aviation facilities

You will have an opportunity to network with

  • Pilots
  • Flight engineers
  • Air traffic Controllers
  • Flight Attendants

You will learn about the educational requirements for a career in Aviation and will receive tangible advice on steps you could take now to prepare and position yourself for a successful career in the field of Aviation.

Aviation Career Exploring offers the following benefits:

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Leadership experience and social network development
  • Fun and Exciting “hands-on” career experiences
  • Community service opportunities
  • College & Career Readiness preparation
  • Scholarship opportunities

Most Aviation Explorer posts meet at local Airports. We take visits to Airports, Manufacturing Plants, Flight Museums and Traffic Control Towers. We provide opportunities to participate in National events and regional training sessions.

When do Aviation Explorers meet?
Aviation Exploring posts typically meet twice a month with the specifics being determined by the local Aviation Explorer adult advisors.

The Aviation Career Exploring program is delivered through local participating agencies such as the airports, aircraft manufacturers, local/national aviation foundations & government agencies. Programs are flexible enough to fit in with other activities during the year to meet the needs of the host organization and the youth participants.

How much does it cost?
The Aviation Career Exploring basic annual program participation fees are in the range of $20.00 to $30.00. Plus uniform and some field trip expenses, however scholarships and some money earning opportunities are avalible.

How can I join?
Participation is easy:

  1. Attend a meeting or activity.
  2. Fill out the Youth Participation Form and pay the Participation Fee.


Or Click...

"How do we get involved or Started?"


www.ae491.org Home Page | Locations and Local Contacts | CNF Charter Rep. Michael w. den Hartog michael@ae491.org or 913-219-1370
Site Sponsored by Community Network Foundation.  All content is the opinion and feelings of the Community Network Foundation as a sponsor and this site. This site has no affiliation with the "Learning for Life" or the "Boy Scouts of America" Council nationally or locally.  All information on this site is to support known youth aviation programs recognized and financially supported by CNF.
National Aviation Exploring Site = http://exploring.learningforlife.org/services/career-exploring/aviation-career-exploring/