Click to view the November 25 article about CYAP on Philly.com
Click to view an article in the February edition of Jersey Man Magazine about CYAP
Since its inception in September 2010, the Camden Youth Aviation Program has had a number of successful activities. Partnering with the Catholic Partnership Schools, Camden City Office of Youth Services, the Camden Police Cadet Academy, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Camden County, Camden Multi-Agency Life Line (MALL) Program and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Camden, we have:
Three of the Catholic Partnership Schools middle schools doing an Aviation Adventure club which uses aviation to teach young people about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles.
Done a basics of aviation class at one of Camden’s youth centers for approximately 10 youngsters ages 7 to 11.
Had a ground school course given by a Certified Flight Instructor for 8 young people.
Had the Tuskegee Airmen speak to our young people numerous times.
Toured Philadelphia Airport five times both inside the terminal and onto the tarmac.
Had the youngsters visit the Air Victory Museum (www.airvictorymuseum.com) and the Pine Barons R\C Club.
Had 10 youngsters participate in the 2012-2013 International Aviation Art Contest.
Taken 14 youngsters to the McGuire AFB 2014 Airshow.
Had 1 youngster attend the Tuskegee Airmen\Hampton University week long Aviation STEM Camp.
Introduced young people to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program and have had approximately 100 Camden youngsters take Young Eagle Flights.
Since September, we have been working with UrbanPromise’s High School Senior Science Class using aviation to demonstrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) principles. As of January 2015 we will be building a Bede BD-5 kit aircraft with the same senior High School students. The BD-5 will never be flown but our ultimate goal is to have the young people build an aircraft that they can take flight lessons in.
As of February 2015, we will be starting an Aviation Adventure Club with LEAP Academy in Camden (http://leapacademycharter.org/). We are also working with the LEAP Academy’s High School to field a team to participate in this year’s Fly to Learn contest ((http://www.flytolearn.com/) which is a nationwide contest where high school student’s design a virtual aircraft to fly a specified mission. The winning two teams have for the past two years been flown to Seattle for two weeks to build a light aircraft. The all expenses paid trip was paid for the by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Also in February 2015 we will be starting our th year of doing a STEM Based Aviation Adventure Club with the Catholic Partnership Schools.
We have also been in talks with Civil Air Patrol (CAP) about bringing a CAP squadron into Camden. The Civil Air Patrol is an official auxiliary of the US Air Force with three missions: 1) Disaster Relief including search and rescue, 2) Aerospace Education and 3) Cadet Programs.
Starting next week we will be doing a full inventory of the Europa aircraft’s construction status with the LEAP Academy students, where we will be comparing the builders manual (http://www.europa-aircraft.co.uk/assistance/manuals.php) against the builder’s log. We will also be building a pair of radio control aircraft models with the students and then flying them. Once we complete and fly the R\C aircraft, we will be teaching the students how to work with composites and will have each student do a small composite project. Our expectation is that the Europa building project will take 2 to 3 years depending on how quickly the students work and our ability to raise funds.
Our New Website
January 4, 2015
Welcome to our new website. We hope to use this resource to introduce our organization and further our vision of giving youth the dream of flight. Pease bear with us as we get this site up and running.