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This site lists Civil Air Patrol's upcoming Cadet Special Activities (CSAs). It includes national activities and those wing and region activities approved to receive the CSA ribbon. These activities are designed to explore civilian and military aerospace careers, provide flight training, develop leadership, and enhance emergency services skills.

NCSA Registration Status Updates

EServices Registration & Payment System is open for LATE applications for summer activities. Applications submitted in eServices after 15 Jan are considered after all "On-Time" applicants.  Use this "Apply Online" link to access the application site on eServices. Notifications of winter placements went out in December. Notifications for on-time summer applicants will go out on 1 March.  Those cadets who remain on alternate lists after 1 March may be contacted at anytime to fill a slot.

Use the following course numbers to verify you are selecting the correct activity in the eServices preferences tab of your application.  Activities appear alphabetically, but will have the course number next to them in the tab.  You can download a sortable spreadsheet on the homepage for a complete listing of activity preference numbers.

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant
Course #
Staff Participant 
Course #
Activity Full Name
MARC Academy 316 323 Model Aircraft & Remote Control Flight Academy
Contact for Activity: TBD
Activity Website (if applicable): 
How to Apply:

Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System.  Applicants will need to complete the application to include uploading the following documents in PDF format to the supplemental tab of their eServices application.  All staff must apply via eServices, or they will not receive credit for the activity in their records. For staff applicants, you will be contacted to let you know whether or not you have not been selected. Applications will be accepted from 1 December onward.  To be considered for priority placement status, the completed application including supplemental documents must be submitted by 15 January.  Applications submitted after 15 January are accepted but are marked "late" and will be considered AFTER all applications submitted before the deadline. Priority timelines do not apply to staff applications. 

Participants: No additional application instructions specific to participants 

Staff: No additional application instructions specific to staff

Reservists: Use Sharepoint site to apply if you are CAP-USAFR. If activity is not listed on Sharepoint under National Activities, then days have not been allocated for it. Contact Cadet Programs Reserve Support Liaison at, if you would like to attend on CAT E status.  Support for this activity is a liaison mission rather than oversight.

Eligibility Requirements:

Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
Minimum age: 12
Minimum Achievement Level: Curry Award
Must have completed a CAP Encampment prior to beginning this activity
Must have a current 2019 AMA “Youth” membership card 

Senior Members:

Graduation Requirements: 

Complete 80% of the activity requirements 
Actively participate in 80% of the contact hours and not dismissed early for behavior
Activity Director determines course objectives met


Activity Staff will provide transportation to and from TBD
Required Staff Training: TBD

Activity Goal:

Do you want to take the first step in becoming a model aircraft remote control (R/C) 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 R?C 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 tricycle gear training aircraft, we will have several low-wing taildragger aircraft for you, so you can experience the differences. 

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) 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. 

We have a good time, and we have cadets returning for their second, third and forth MARC Flight Academy. We are looking forward to meeting you as well. 

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