A Successful RC Test Flight

A successful flight!

On May 12, 2012, the Porterville Flyers in Mukwonago hosted an RC fly day for the CAP Timmerman Composite Squadron.  Cadets Cooper Dozzi, John Klein, Travis Maxwell, and Adam Moore participated in the RC flight day.  All were entertained by the amazing RC flying skills of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) members and their high performance aircraft models.

Each cadet (and even some senior members) had the opportunity to test fly the planes that they built themselves over the course of  5 lessons.  Both RC aircraft constructed by the cadets flew flawlessly and one craft even sported an onboard camera that was used to fly the aircraft using a computer monitor and video goggles.

The Timmerman Composite Squadron would like to thank AMA members Tab Hornburg, Bryan Holly, & Dave Holly from the Porterville Flyers club.  Their donation of time, experience, and aircraft truly made the event a success.

This completes phase 1 of a three phase program to build a functional unmanned aircraft system (UAS).  During this phase each cadet participated in the complete hands-on build process of an RC Aircraft leveraging best practices from the CAP MARC Program. Aerospace education (AE) lectures were combined with hands-on build time to ensure that each cadet could apply theory taught as part of AE to the real-world project.  Lectures and activities included learning about aerodynamic & electronic principles, radio control systems, RC aircraft/wing/engine design & construction, as well as electricity and electromagnetic radiation laws and formulas.

Phase 2 (Video FPV) – Cadets will construct a first-person view (FPV) video system to control the RC plane from a first person perspective via an on-board camera fed wirelessly to video goggles or a video monitor. A pan-and-tilt gimbaled camera will be controlled via a gyroscopic sensor.

Phase 3 (Autopilots & Mission Planning) – Cadets will leverage the ArduPilot open source autopilot platform and various sensors to create an aircraft capable of flying programmed missions via geospatial waypoints.

This event highlighted the collaborative relationship between AMA and CAP in their efforts to nurture and grow youth interest in aviation.  Thanks to Monique Serpas for her excellent photos and to senior members, John Bruwer, Bob June,  and Dan Turkal for their support and participation in the event.

Links
CAP MARC Program
MOU between AMA & CAP
Free AMA Membership (under 19 years older)

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About 2d Lt. Jeffrey Serpas

Aerospace Education & Professional Development