Remote-Controlled (RC) Aircraft STEM Kit
Model & Remote Control Aircraft
Recommended ages: middle school and older
Sky Streak and Cub balsa airplanes will be included in this kit for very beginning building and flying of model aircraft. This simple model building and experimentation with flying will lead to learning to fly remote-control aircraft via a Real Flight Simulator computer program, a hand-held controller, curriculum, and two DVDs: Wings Aircraft and AeroLab- which are all included in this kit. Everything a young potential enthusiast will need to determine if a career in general aviation or either manned or unmanned aerial vehicles/systems will be provided. This kit is designed to promote a beginning interest in aviation and/or remotely piloted aircraft vocations (careers) and avocations (hobbies). This program complements the new CAP AEX Model Aircraft and Remote Controlled (MARC) modules developed by a CAP volunteer which will be included in the kit.
This kit is intended to take advantage of the added bonus of the opportunity for youth to receive a FREE membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and work with area AMA clubs for mentorship in learning to fly real remote-controlled airplanes in TAG (Take-off and Grow) programs. NOTE: This kit provides the R/C computer simulated program and controller. It is intended that recipients contact a local AMA chapter to assist in real R/C flight experiences and instruction. These experienced R/C pilots will bring this program to an exciting level with expert instruction on the program. AMA and CAP members can be excellent mentors for general, commercial, and military aviation and remotely-piloted aircraft career exploration. Then, after the training portion is completed, your group will be ready to try to fly the Mini Apprentice R/C airplane that will also be provided to your group.
Click HERE for Lt Col Ted Spitzmiller's revised AeroLab guide book he created for anyone's use. He is a very experienced CAP pilot from Rio Rancho, NM.
AEMs and Air Force JROTC will need to register their Mini Apprentice with the FAA before flying. After you receive your kit, click on the following link to take you directly to the FAA Online Recreational Registration: https://federaldroneregistration.com/registrationform
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTES: Follow all directions in the Mini Apprentice airplane package for building the plane--- AND, for charging the battery (lithium polymer batteries can cause fires if charged incorrectly, i.e. too rapidly). Also, follow the manufacturer's instructions in the Tactic controller's binding process, as well, to avoid injury. (One user stated that completing the binding process with the motor control set to the minimum position works best to avoid having the transmitter inadvertently switch off while the receiver is powered, which could cause injury.) Important take-away? Connect with an experienced AMA member to assist in learning how to build, charge, and fly your new Mini Apprentice- as once it crashes it may not be repairable. R/C flying is not as easy as it appears!