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Safety & Education Bureau Hosts West Yellowstone Students at Airport

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Several students and teachers gather around the Air Methods Helicopter to get a first hand glance at the instruments.

Forty students from the West Yellowstone Elementary School toured the Yellowstone Airport on June 1st, as part of an annual open house and aviation education day. The first and second graders learned about aircraft controls on the Aeronautics Division Cessna 206 and received a simulated stick time on two desktop flight simulators. Pilots and paramedics from Air Methods air ambulance showed the students their medical transport helicopter, a flying intensive care unit based at Yellowstone Airport. The pilots of a Navy F-18, en route to Nevada on a fuel stop at Yellowstone Airport, showed the students their jet and talked about flying for the Navy. Airport manager, Jeff Kadlec, demonstrated the firefighting capability of the new crash-fire rescue truck, and toured the students through the airline terminal and TSA security checkpoint.

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