This is a list of past events (starting 2019) to offer the viewer a spectrum of programs offered here:
~ 11/5 Sugar Valley Composite Squadron welcomed Girls on Fire, a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team (Team 5679). Girls on Fire is the only all-girl FRC team in the Triad and one of only two all-girl FRC teams in North Carolina. Team members have the opportunity to build science, technology, engineering, leadership, and communication skills in ways that both build life skills and are directly applicable to the workplace.
The mission of FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to “inspire young people to be science and technology leaders in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
Event open to all.
~ 10/12 Fall event of the Rowan Aero Modelers Society (RAMS); a Radio Control airplane group came to SVA for their 3rd annual "air show". John Gaskey is the contact for the RAMS club. Please contact him at
John.Gaskey@duke-energy.com for more information.
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.
~ 9/3 The CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron welcomed TC Freeman to share with the squadron and community about opportunities with UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems). Tom works with and understands the FAA’s rules and regulations, and is an invaluable resource for drone pilots in learning the secrets of operating successfully within FAA regulations. TC has a passion for spreading the thrill of aviation to others. He published the Remote Drone Pilot Certification Study Guide to help others earn commercial drone certification.
TC Freeman (firstname.lastname@example.org) was taught to fly manned aircraft as a boy by his father, and raised in an aviation family handling the controls of an aircraft before he could qualify for a driver’s license. He earned a BAS from Campbell University, RTP Campus, in addition to FAA certifications; Flight Instructor/Instrument (CFI/I), Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic and Remote drone Pilot Certification.
This event was open to public.
~ 7/2 The Sugar Valley Composite Squadron welcomed Todd Mullenix with a presentation (open to all) on Climbing Rescue and Emergency Medical Care. Todd represents the Appalachian Mountain Rescue team, which serves as a regional mountain rescue source for the southern Appalachian highlands. Their specialty is climber-based rescue activities.
Michael Todd Mullenix (Todd) is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Mountain Rescue team and owner of Rescue Climber Mountain Guides. Todd works at Wake Forest Baptist Health as a Paramedic Program Coordinator. Todd is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Single Pitch Instructor Apprentice Rock Guide. He spent seven years in the Army as an Airborne Infantryman and is thankful that his back and knees still allow carrying backpacks uphill. Having raised two children to adulthood he is ready to spend even more time working with people in the mountains and exploring empty nest life with his wife, Kimberly.
~ 6/4 The CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron’s Open House took place in the Blue Hangar. Hot-dog cookout, amazing displays, flight simulators, videos, search & rescue equipment show-and-tell, as well as airplanes were for all to enjoy! This was an opportunity to learn a lot about Civil Air Patrol: cadet programs, aerospace education and emergency services.
~ 4/12-4/14 SVA hosted a large Boy Scout Camporee. We had over 100 scouts plus their leaders. On Saturday they participated in many aviation ‘stations’ in order to get their aviation merit badge, including young eagle flights. A number of EAA-chapter 1083 volunteers, some representatives from CAP, as well as SVA volunteers offered their generous service, creating a memorable experience for all involved.
~ 2/23 Safety Meeting. The theme was "HOW TO MAKE FLYING SAFER IN 2019" and covered a variety of topics for young pilots, seasoned (old) pilots, students and pros. It was open to all pilots in the area and offered a chance to meet other pilots and understand different types of flying. It was an informative and interesting session, held in the large classroom of the Blue Hangar.
Here is another group of happy students who completed private pilot ground school on 1/25/19. Congratulations to all the participants and a special thanks to the instructors Sandra Smith and Lee Kosub, who generously share their knowledge, skills and time. SVA Aviation Ground School is a free training offered twice a year by our amazing volunteers. The next session begins on May 24, 2019. Sign up if you'd like to take advantage of this opportunity and spread the word. Learn more here.
Look at all these bright faces! They sure do have a reason to shine, as they've just completed the spring course of our free aviation ground school. Next session begins in October! Find more info here.
The past two Saturdays, Ray Travis and Michael Oliphant led a 2-part raku sculpture workshop. Here is a short clip for all to have a glimpse at the creative happening that took place.
Our friends at EAA Chapter 1083 in Rowan County are once again hosting the spectacular ASCEND aviation camp this Summer (June 18 thru Saturday June 23, 2018), open to youth of 13-18 years of age. The camp has proven to be a great success for budding aviation enthusiasts, and has inspired many young people to pursue aviation as their carrier.
Just recently this note was received from one of the ASCEND graduates Delante' V. Sykes (see photo), who now got his private pilot license. “Please let everybody know who helps put the camp together of my success, and I thank all of them for embracing me and helping me fall in love with aviation.”
Click here to learn more about the camp and the program offered.
You can also check out their Facebook page.
We have a treat for your eyes today. Though this event took place last September, the memories are still fresh, and this new video clip will revive the magical moments that happened then, yet can be enjoyed now. Check it out!
To read more about this fun event, see our earlier post.
One of SVA friends, Steve Fritts, has offered 3 wonderful classes to some children (and a few adults 😊). The first class was about building a toy airplane, followed by a class in which they worked on constructing a radio. In a recent class, the theme was electricity and magnetism.
Since early childhood, Steve has been fascinated with “how things work.” What he wasn’t able to learn about electricity tinkering in the family’s garage, he made up for by joining 4-H where he discovered many opportunities to learn more. This only increased his interest in all things electric. After his service in the Air Force, Steve became involved in a career as an A&P (Airframe and Powerplant mechanic) in the aviation industry with a focus on avionics. Steve is now retired and owns and flies his Cessna 140 at every opportunity. A gifted and enthusiastic teacher, Steve continues to share his enthusiasm for “how things work” with youngsters all over the Piedmont Triad. Enjoy a few photos from these sessions, and see the children participating in and focused on learning “how things work.”
In addition to classes with Steve, children and young adults have enjoyed some pottery classes, art classes, as well as woodworking classes with local volunteers.
If you are interested in exploring what opportunities might be found at Sugar Valley Airport for you or your children, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. SVA offers a beautiful platform for people to share, connect, learn with and from each other. Come and experience for yourself!
This is a list of past events (starting 2018) to offer the viewer a broad spectrum of programs offered here: