This is a list of past events (starting 2017) to offer the viewer a broad spectrum of programs offered here:
~ 12/5 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron welcomed Vernon Robinson as our December speaker. Mr. Robinson spoke about African-American Aviation Pioneers. As an applied military historian, he knows this topic well. He is the son of a Tuskegee Airman (the first squadron of African-American military aviators who served during World War II); the great, great grandson of civil war veterans; and the 5 great grandson of a veteran of the battle of New Orleans in 1815. Bio:Mr. Robinson is a former US Air Force Captain, conservative political activist, former candidate for U.S. Congress, and a former City Council member in Winston-Salem. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1977 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. While in the Air Force, he trained and served as a nuclear missile launch commander. During his service in the Air Force, Mr. Robinson earned an MBA from the University of Missouri. After leaving the Air Force, he moved to Winston-Salem with his wife Helene, and taught business administration at Winston-Salem State University. Mr. Robinson was an appointee to the US Dept. of Education during the George H.W. Bush Administration. Mr. Robinson was also instrumental in getting charter legislation passed for the North Carolina Leadership Academy. He is currently the president of Robinson Stratavision Consulting in Winston-Salem.
~ 10/21 Rowan Aero Modelers Societywelcomed all AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) members and guests with any size and type of RC aircraft to a (RAMS) Fly-in held at SVA.
~ 10/10 SVA Composite Squadron welcomed Caleb Padiak as a monthly speaker, presenting on a topic of "Respect." Respect is one of the 4 CORE VALUES of Civil Air Patrol. Cadet Padiak has increasingly taken on new responsibilities in the squadron, and exercises a significant leadership role for the other cadets. Among his current responsibilities is being the point person for the Squadron Color Guard, representing the squadron in the Cyber Patriot program and serving as the Information Technology NCO (non-commissioned officer). He will also be assisting with website management as the squadron revives and expands the squadron website.
~ 9/23 Girls in Aviation Day, presented by First in Flight, a Women in Aviation International Chapter and Sugar Valley Airport.
~ 9/12 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron welcomed Karen Iacopi as our monthly speaker. She shared about her life and career in aviation. About Karen:Working now as a Certification Specialist with Honda Aircraft in Greensboro, Karen has extensive experience working within different areas of aviation. She has served as a pilot in many types and models of aircraft, taught for over 10 years as a CFII, and was Assistant Chief Instructor of a Part 141 flight school. She worked at a Houston flight school in partnership with a local community college to develop and certify a College curriculum course. During that time, she had primary oversight of and taught the majority of the initial classes. While teaching, she also flew charter aircraft and even dabbled in aircraft sales for extra income. After moving back to NC, Karen flew with her husband for a company in Concord as part of a Part 135 Freight operation before taking a more "settled" position with an international freight company managing all the aircraft technical publications as an "FAA Liaison" for that company. A few years ago, she left that position to join Honda Aircraft Company (which was a move from aircraft operator to aircraft manufacturer). Along with a very full career in aviation, Karen serves the community in volunteer activities with Boy Scouts and the Girls in Aviation program.
~ 7/4, 7/18, 8/1, 8/8 The pottery studio had a hand building workshops. Pinch pots and hand building for ages 6-10.
~ 6/27 The pottery studio had a hand building workshop. Participants worked with slabs to create bowls, mugs and plates.
~ 6/10 FAA Safety Team and the Greensboro FSDO sponsored a WINGS safety program: "Getting Personal With Your Airplane." Topics: Inoperative Equipment, and Stabilized Approaches. Participants learned how one might legally operate his/her aircraft with inoperative equipment and why it is so important to insure one always conducts a stabilized approach. Door prizes & refreshments. There also was a Master Pilot Awards ceremony to honor two former Piedmont pilots. To view further details,click here.
~ 6/6 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted Michael Batalia, Ph.D. presenting "The Perlan Project". ~ 5/2 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted a special edition of the Speaker Series. Lt Brian Mobley and Senior Member Charmane Shuping, members of the Sugar Valley Composite Squadron, joined forces to inspire and inform cadets and seniors on physical fitness and much more. The “more” aspect is the mental training and attitude as it connects with setting and achieving goals. Lt Brian Mobley, in his pursuit of excellence, has developed the ability to visualize performing physical feats successfully to accomplish goals. Lt Mobley has had life experiences, some in dire situations, that have required calling forth his training, faith, and inner strength. A little-known fact about Brian, the squadron Safety Officer, is that he is also a Highland Games athlete and an event record holder. Senior member Charmane Shuping’s life passion has been to help others. With kindness and a gentle approach she serves through physical therapy and training. Her greatest joy is to see people break through personal barriers and limitations. Shuping has taken a lead in motivating the cadets in our squadron to reach higher goals in their physical training, which is a part of the cadet program. The cadets are stepping up and displaying increased positive mental attitude and emotional toughness as they perform their physical training here-- challenging themselves and inspiring each other. Both Mobley and Shuping have what it takes to bring that message and “more” home. ~ 4/25Open House of the Sugar Valley Composite Squadron.
~ 4/1 Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hostedNC WING event "NCWG Aerospace Education Day". This AE event featured:
Virtual Reality demonstrations using the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift
Rocketry launches and competition.
Drones, drones and more drones
~3/7 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted Charles Willard of The Blimp Works in Statesville, who presented on “All About Blimps”. ~2/7 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted 1st Lt. Jack O'Connor of the Winston-Salem CAP Squadron for the monthly Speaker Series program. He talked about the importance of airborne photography in Civil Air Patrol. Speaker's bio:1st Lt O'Connor has been a CAP member since 2013. He earned his private pilot's certificate in 2012. Serving with the NCO82 Composite Squadron in Winston-Salem, Jack is the Professional Development Officer (PDO) with a Master rating in PD. He is also an Assistant Information Technology Officer. He is qualified as Mission Scanner(MS), Mission Observer(MO), and Aerial Photographer(AP). He has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and Masters degrees in Human Relations and Management. Jack retired after 40 years working in Information Technology, most of that time in various management roles. Jack is an active life-long learner and enjoys helping others learn as well. Jack proactively trains new CAP senior members in all three disciplines in which he is qualified - Scanner, Observer, and Photographer. He has led (or co-taught) four Aerial Photography weekend classes for CAP in his 4 years of service. Thirty-five senior members have attended these AP classes and more than half have gone on to become qualified as Aerial Photographers. Many have gone on to serve in CAP's real AP missions, taking photos after hurricanes and flooding. When asked why he joined (and stays) with CAP, he says: "I like to learn, teach, fly, and take pictures. CAP provides all of these in a supportive and fun environment".
~ 1/31 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron 2017 Winter Awards Banquet. NC WING Commander, Col Jason Bailey was the keynote speaker.
~ 1/21 FAA Safety Team WINGS program "Too Cold for Comfort- Preparing for Winter Operations". Click here for more information.
~1/14 Civil Air Patrol Cadet Orientation Flights
~ 1/3 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted John Knall to begin the 2017 Speaker Series with the topic “The Difference between Seeing and Observing: Insights from Two Remarkable Men.” He also shared about the “Fly North Carolina Program.” John served in the US Navy as a propulsion engineer. Now retired, he is a private pilot, member of EAA chapter 1083 and AOPA.