New Long Beach Scout Post Takes off | News

Youth ages 14-20 interested in the aviation field now have an opportunity to gain hands-on learning experiences in Long Beach.

Hosted by the Long Beach Airport Association, the new Aviation Exploring Post will focus on introducing youth to the aviation field.

The first meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 16, and introduced students and their parents to the program. Currently, eight teens have signed up for the program, but there’s room to accommodate 12 more.

In the months ahead, explorers will have the opportunity to network with aviation professionals such as pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, flight attendants and airport managers. Additionally, explorers will develop flying knowledge, learn aviation protocols, leadership methods and teamwork skills.

Justin Castagna, operations and project manager at Aeroplex Aviation, will serve as post advisor. He will lead explorers through the program. Other leadership members include Curt Castagna as executive officer, Cindy Goodfellow as the committee chair, and Lewis Eddie Garcia and Michael Duckhorn of Signature Flight Support will serve as associate advisors.

“We’re very excited to welcome the new members of the Aviation Explorer Post to our Long Beach Airport family,” Aeroplex Aviation President/CEO Curt Castagna said in a press release. “Interested students should sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to explore the possibilities and excitement found only in an active airport environment.” 

The Explorer program offers interactive activities that help youth pursue their interests in different career fields. The program is available to co-ed youth ages 14-20 through Learning for Life, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America.

To match the address of the Aeroplex Aviation building, the new Aviation Post is numbered 3333.

To learn more about the Explorer program, contact Coordinator Rosa Talag at (562) 427-0911 ext. 271 or at


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