Dates: Session 1 – 6-13 June 2014, G1000 Familiarization or Powered Flight Training in C-172
Session 2 – 13-20 June 2014, Powered, Glider or Balloon Training (select 1)
Location: Coles County Airport, Mattoon, IL
Cost: $1,025 for C172 Flight Training, $1,125 for G1000 familiarization and $550 for Balloon
This Great Lakes Region activity has been the premier cadet aviation academy at Mattoon, IL, since its inception in 1967. The academy is named after its founder and long-time commander who is still an active member in the Arizona Wing.
Flight operations are conducted at Coles County Memorial Airport in Mattoon, IL. Billeting is in dormitories at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. Along with daily flight instruction, cadets receive ground instruction in their respective programs. Johnson Flight Academy Website
Activity Director, Lt Col Rick Gale, stated, “JFA has always drawn cadets from across the country. In fact, one year we had a cadet from a USAF base in Germany.”
JFA is unique in that cadets can receive hands-on flight training in powered aircraft, gliders or hot air balloons. Many cadets attend for three years to attend all three programs.
Session 1 has openings for 20 powered flight training and 8 for G1000 familiarization. G1000 requires previous attendance at a flight academy.
Session 2 has openings for 8 power, 24 glider and 8 balloon students,
The academy is in need of senior members as well. There are openings for: power, glider and balloon certified flight instructors; tow pilots, public affairs officers, administrative and other support positions. Seniors need to enroll for each week they wish to attend.