NFA-MD Wing Robert Ayres Solo & Ground Academy
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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. Typically, advertisements for activities we plan to offer in Winter are posted here by mid-October, and spring/summer activities are posted by mid-December. A list of past activities is under the "Helpful Links" section of this web page under the title "eServices Event/Activity Preference Numbers."
NCSA Registration Status Updates
*****WINTER & SUMMER CADET ACTIVITIES--updated 6 June 2021
Please note activities that appear as "not scheduled" on NCSAS.com, don’t have confirmed dates, but we are working to host the activity unless noted that the activity has cancelled. We posted the last activities on 29 April 2021. Encampment requirement is removed for some activities. Look at the activity ad page to see if it is required. We have removed the "late" date for registration so that preferences can be added without penalty. EServices Registration & Payment System is OPEN for applications for Summer 2021. Applications submitted in eServices through 20 Nov for winter and 15 Jan for summer are considered "On-Time" and are given priority placement into "primary" status. Use this "Apply Online" link to access the application site on eServices. Notifications of winter placements go out by mid to late December. Spring placements are as outlined on their advertisements on this site. Notifications for summer applicants will go out on or about 1 March and as activities fill vacancies after 1 March. Those cadets who remain on alternate lists may be contacted at any time to fill a slot.
2021 Cancelled Activities
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 ncsas.com homepage for a complete listing of activity preference numbers. If you can't see the course number on your device, try changing the zoom on the page.
|eServices Short Name||Cadet Participant Course #||Staff Participant Course #||Activity Full Name|
|NFA-MD Wing Robert Ayres||409||410||NFA-MD Wing Robert Ayres Solo & Ground Powered Flight Academy|
Financial Support: Go to the eServices CadetInvest Module to apply for Cadet Lift and Take-Off Program Cadet (TOP), needs-based financial assistance, and for flight scholarships. These programs are designed to offset costs associated with attending some NCSAs, as well as flight academies. They include payment of your activity fees and transportation to and from the activity. Go to the CadetInvest pages for more details. Deadline to apply for scholarships and financial assistance is 31 December. Being offered financial assistance is not a guarantee of acceptance into an activity. You must compete for and receive a slot at an activity. You will be notified if you are a recipient of financial aid/scholarship before you are required to accept or decline a slot at an activity.
Contact for Activity: firstname.lastname@example.org
Activity Website (if applicable): http://mdwg.cap.gov/index.php/a7c-cadet-programs/solo-school/ and https://www.facebook.com/Robert-Ayres-Flight-Academy-402464026443640/
How to Apply:
Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the ncsas.com homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System. In addition forward a copy of all your package documents to the activity contact listed above. 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. In addition, accomplish the following:
See the Academy's website for application instructions. You will need to combine both letters of recommendation into one file to upload them in eServices, as the system only allows one file in each category: resume, letter of recommendation and supplemental application. In addition, you will need to combine the essay and your academic certification into one document to load into the "supplemental application" file area.
Senior Members: See the Academy's website for application instructions.
1)Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
2)Age 16 by activity start date
3)Start application for Student Pilot Certificate--Getting a Student Pilot Certificate is a multi-step process which typically takes 6-8 weeks. Student pilot certificates issued after April 1, 2016 do not expire. If you currently hold a certificate which will expire before 31 Aug 2021, you need to get a new one issued. There is no charge to create an account and begin the certificate application process. Go to https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/Default.aspx to create an account and begin application. Go to https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/HelpandInfo.aspx?id=5 for help on creating account and applying for a student pilot certificate. If selected to attend, you will have to provide copy of your student pilot certificate to activity staff by the 31 March initial deposit date.
4)If selected, you must be able to qualify to obtain a valid Third Class Medical Certificate (for a list of Aviation Medical Examiners--AMEs--in your area, go to www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification)
5)Hold a government issued photo identification card (driver's license or photo identification card issued by your state or federal government - not a school ID card)
6)Competed Powered Orientation flights numbers 1, 2 and 3.
7)If you are slotted for the activity, you will need provide proof of citizenship. A list of acceptable documents is listed in Code of Federal Regulations: Title 49:Subtitle B: Chapter XII: Subchapter C; § 1552.3(h). Please follow this link for information regarding why you must bring ORIGINAL and/or UNEXPIRED identification to the academy. http://www.aopa.org/tsa_rule/uscitizen.html. If you are not a US citizen, please contact the activity director when you are slotted for the information to provide in order to participate.
8)If selected, complete two ground school weekends prior to the activity. Dates listed in Note above.
Senior Members: Opportunities for those with cadet supervision, food services preparation, primary flight instruction, ground instruction, mission administration, and/or mission operations experience
Great attitude and willingness to work a long day on the flight line
Need those who will drive to have CAP Driver's permit allowing operation of 12-pax van
Current FAA CFI (If only teaching ground school, then appropriately-rated Ground School instructor.)
Prior experience instructing pre-solo students in a Part 61 or Part 141 school
Current and qualified CAP IP listed in CAP Ops Quals, check pilot preferred
Completed and current TSA CFI Security Course and be able to present copy of certificate at check-in
Activity Staff does not provide transportation Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall (BWI); Dulles International (IAD). See note above.
Required Staff Training on TBD time TBD.
The goal of the National Flight Academies is to give cadets an opportunity to fly approximately 10 hours, weather and schedule permitting, and receive instruction from an FAA Certified Flight Instructor. Participants in this unique powered flight academy receive 15 hours of “hands on” flight time learning the basics of flying a powered aircraft (Cessna 172) and 60 hours of ground instruction to prep for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test. The learning environment is specially designed for cadets with 1-to-1 instructor-to-student ratio providing opportunities for mentoring and individual attention. Additionally, cadets get the opportunity to work with aviation professionals, civilian and military, who share their expertise on how to prepare for a career as an aviator. For those interested in a career as a pilot, this is your first step towards a private pilot certificate and could help you achieve one item on the Cadet Wings "ideal candidate" list if you solo!