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|eServices Short Name||Cadet Participant
|Activity Full Name|
|MARC Academy||316||323||Model Aircraft & Remote Control Flight Academy
Minimum age: 12
Minimum Achievement Level: Curry Award
Must have completed a CAP Encampment prior to beginning this activity
Must have a current 2017 AMA “Youth” membership card
Limited to 30 cadets
Senior Member Fee: $100
Do you want to take the first step in becoming a model aircraft remote (R/C) control pilot? This is a step in the right direction, like 320 cadets have already done in 2012 - 2016. Are you already flying R/C and want to become a better RC pilot? We will be flying tricycle landing gear and Taildragger type aircraft as well as powered gliders.
Aspiring R/C pilots will receive formal AMA ground instruction and will fly with an AMA flight instructor/pilot. Through the use of buddy-boxes and hobby industry recognized basic and intermediate level model aircraft, you will learn from the best instructors. Many cadets will not only solo, but move on to complete higher levels of competency at this academy! Once you can show you are competency flying the Sensei training aircraft, we will have several low-wing taildragger aircraft for you to progress on to, so you can experience the differences. We plan to have the Calypso powered glider there as well for those who a proficient enough to fly it.
Warning: If you come to any MARC event with the goal of doing fancy maneuvers, spins and stalls that are beyond your abilities, and have an attitude, you will be sent home early.
The learning environment is specially designed for cadets, and the low instructor to student ratio of 6:1 provides opportunities for mentoring and individual attention. Participants in the Model Aircraft & Remote Control (MARC) Flight Academy will receive over 4 solid-hours of “hands on” flight time learning the basics of flying an electric model aircraft, 4-hours of ground instruction and up to 6-hours R/C flight simulator training. When not flying at the flying field, time is spent repairing damaged aircraft, charging batteries and supervising cadets. Evening time will be spent building various rubber powered and catapult free-flight gliders. The current evening plan is to build several “scratch built” RC planes for the cadets to fly on the last days of the event as a “fun fly” activity.
We recommend you have a current Academy Model Aeronautics (AMA) 2017 membership card prior to attending the MARC flight academy. Youth membership cards are free on the AMA Education website, and it takes about 2 weeks to receive your card after registration. This is not an encampment, but we will wear BDU uniforms, have morning/evening formations and pay strict attention to customs/courtesies and the Cadet Protection Program (CPPT). In the evening we will build RC planes so you also learn how to assemble and fix a plane, in case you return home and wrap your plane around a tree or sign post. If it cannot be fixed, you will know how to strip it of key parts off and how to build another replacement plane.
We have a good time, and we have cadets returning for their second, third and forth MARC RC Flight Academy. We are looking forward to meeting you as well.
In the Spirit of CAP and Flight,
Randall Carlson, Lt Col USAF (Ret), CAP