The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division education outreach office coordinates a summer orientation program for high school and college summer student hires. "Thursdays at Three" features a different research, development, test and evaluation tour orientation or flight observation each Thursday starting at 3 p.m. Each session is no more than one hour.
The program kicks off at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International student competitions June 14 at Webster Outlying Field. Students will observe test flights of UAVs built by teams from around the country, including an entry from the Great Mills High School engineering club. The afternoon's competition sessions emphasize the presentation segment of the competition and test flights. This is a self-directed visit.
The following tours are confirmed this summer: June 21, Aircraft Vehicle Maintenance and Instrumentation or Air Operations Tower; June 28, V-22 Osprey or the Manned Flight Simulator; July 12, Laser Imaging Laser Communications Lab or the Anechoic Chamber; July 19, SMART Scholars briefing or the United States Naval Test Pilot School; July 26, Cockpit Lighting and Night Vision Goggle Labs or the Atlantic Test Range or the Quarter Dome Simulator or HX-21 test squadron; Aug. 2, Becker Materials Lab or the Altitude, Gas and Fluid Flow Labs or the Atomic Physics Lab; Aug. 9, Atlantic Test Range or VX-23 (1:30 pm start time for the VX-23 tour). Due to the popularity of the program and the number of student employees, multiple tours are scheduled simultaneously. Switching tours is highly discouraged and students are urged to make their selections carefully.
Advance registration is required. Contact Julie Lemmon at julie.lemmon.ctrnavy.mil or Kathy Glockner at Kathryn.glockner.ctrnavy.mil. Registered attendees will receive an appointment via the Outlook Calendar with details of the tour. All tour sites have limited capacity. As tours are filled, additional tours may be scheduled.
Updates will be sent using the Pax River student distribution list maintained by Dominic Cucinotta at the Total Force department. Call Cucinotta at 301-757-4108 to ensure your name is on the list. For information call Kathy Glockner at 301-342-2281.