This is a list of past events (starting 2018) to offer the viewer a broad spectrum of programs offered here:
~ 4/14 Rowan Aero Modelers Society (RAMS)hosted a fly-in for AMA members and guests at SVA. The Rowan Aero Modelers Society (RAMS) was chartered in 1968 and is the oldest Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sanctioned Club in North Carolina. RAMS leases property in eastern Rowan County for their home flying field. All members are required to obtain AMA membership. Throughout the year, many neighboring clubs host fly-ins at their own home fields and several of RAMS members are regular participants. RAMS hosts a few fly-ins at locations other than their home field, which includes Sugar Valley during Spring and Fall. RC flying out of a full-scale airport adds another level of uniqueness to this hobby. RAMS welcomes any AMA member to fly with them at any of their off-site events. Any size and type of RC aircraft are welcome. Speaking of size and type: Model aircraft have really blossomed in recent years. Virtually ANY full-scale aircraft that has ever flown has been represented as a flying model aircraft. The advent of lithium polymer batteries and brushless motors has made fully-electric model aircraft a reality and with impressive performance. Gas/glow motors still have a healthy presence and have enjoyed improved performance and reliability. Real jet engines and electric ducted fans now make model jet aircraft an option for real adrenaline junkies. For more information please connect with John Gaskey- John.Gaskey@duke-energy.com.
~ 2/17-18 & 3/24-25CAP Wilderness Advanced First Aid class. Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or WAFA, is a 32 to 38 hour class that covers nearly all aspects of advanced first aid for both injuries and illnesses that occur more than 1 hour from rescue or higher level health services. During the course, participants explored techniques for assessment, triage and response to injuries or illness involving all body systems under a wide variety of circumstances. Whether the rescuer is involved in a multi-victim incident or working with a solitary individual, the fundamental approach emphasizes observing, thinking, planning and personal safety. In addition to the didactic or book-learning material, participants experienced a wide variety of illness and injury scenarios that provided hands-on opportunity to develop and practice the skills necessary to helping those who are victims. WAFA is especially designed for those situations where the victim(s) need to be cared for, stabilized and potentially transported to locations where more advanced health care can be made available.
~ 3/6 The CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted author Ray Haas, who talked about the poem “High Flight,” and the book he has written about the poem’s writer, John Gillespie Magee. His book, “Touching the Face of God,” explores the life of Magee and how he was able to capture the essence of flying in his poem: “Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings…” Ray Haas developed a passion for aircraft and flying at an early age. He earned a private pilot’s license for both gliders and aircraft while serving in the US Navy as an electronics technician. He is a member of Civil Air Patrol and EAA, also a member of the EAA Speaker Bureau. This fascinating evening about history, aviation and one man’s mission to serve was open to public.
~ 1/30 The CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron’s annual Awards Banquet. This was the squadron’s time to honor the hard work and accomplishments of senior members and cadets in the past year. Along with great dining and some entertainment, family members and invited guests from other squadrons joined in fellowship and fun. Our keynote speaker was James R. Gorham, retired Brigadier General from the NC National Guard. He is the first African American to achieve the promotion to General in the NC National Guard. Most of his adult life has been in service to the country, as an enlisted soldier in the US Army, followed by serving in the NC National Guard as an officer.