Fledgling pilot Greg Stein of El Dorado Hills no longer is a fledgling at scouting: He recently attained his Eagle ranking with a project that will help Placerville area pilots communicate.
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When his eagle eye spotted the lack of a bulletin board at the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter, Greg, 14, decided to help the public and private pilots see that there is a local EAA chapter and give them a way to communicate upcoming activities and events.
He planned, researched and built a unique bulletin board, a project that took a total of 407 hours to complete.
This is no ordinary bulletin board.
From Greg’s Court of Honor program, which was held at the airport:
“Greg’s project is an outdoor bulletin board for the Placerville EAA Chapter 512, located just outside of the EAA hangar at the Placerville Airport. This is not just a bulletin board; this project took to flight and is inspired by the theme of aviation. The roof is a mockup of an actual wing, with a plexi-glass window to see inside. The bulletin board is being used to provide information to pilots both visiting and local about upcoming events and regulations.”
The Placerville EAA chapter enjoyed the services of a bulletin board many years ago but it had been removed for unknown reasons.
Officials there gave Greg a thumbs-up on the project to complete his requirements to attain Eagle Scout status. The EAA supports the community with multiple programs like the Young Eagles, Eagles, and basic ground school training at no charge.
Flying is a passion for Greg, who joined the Civil Air Patrol at the age of 12 and is learning to fly.
“I first got to fly an airplane with the EAA Chapter 512 Young Eagles program and have wanted to fly ever since,” said Greg, son of Kim and Dan Stein. “I hope to take my ground school with the EAA next year and attend the CAP National Flight Academy in Oshkosh, Wisc., when I turn 16.”
Greg said he also would like to attend the U.S. Air Force or Naval Academy once he graduates high school, with the ultimate goals of obtaining a degree in engineering and becoming a pilot in the Air Force or Navy.
Beginning as a Wolf Scout in Pack 528 in El Dorado Hills, Greg has been in scouting since the age of 8. He attended Rolling Hills Middle School and now is enrolled at Oak Ridge High School.
His experience gained through the Boy Scouts has served him well, the young man said.
“Through scouting I have chosen to take on many leadership roles and classes on how to become a better leader. I have gone on many camping trips and have met many nice friends.
“The merit badges provide some really cool life skills, from managing money to surviving in the wilderness,” he continued. “There are also fun merit badges like aviation and shotgun shooting.”
Greg said he has earned 41 merit badges so far and there are still a few more he would like to acquire.
“Scouting is what you want to make of it,” he added. “It is a great way to find fun hobbies and learn life skills.”