FTAC are an adventure packed, co-educational,
residential 3 to 9-week summer camp, a school in which people
get a chance to learn to do extraordinary, exciting and challenging
things a challenge to grow and develop in ways they never
dreamed of. They are at the same time a learner oriented flight
school with emphasis on team work, learning through real life
situations, fun and adventure. The camps provide young people
with an opportunity and an environment in which they can discover
and unfold their creative potential.
The desire to become an airline
pilot is optional in this camp. It is open to all active minded,
adventure seeking teens (youths ages 14 to 21), boys and girls,
who have a desire to excell. That desire, however, is mandatory.
The camp, especially the six week version which prepares for the
license, is designed to instill a sense of team work, social responsibility,
creativity, self sufficiency, situational awareness, good judgement,
discipline and a positive attitude -- for these are not only the
mark of a good pilot, but of any successful person in life! An
airplane will do that to a person!
But for those who are in
the market for a pilot license or even a pilot career, the thousands
of miles which the camp travels through the Southwest during training
expose the aspiring pilots to new situations every day, preparing
them for the real world of aviation! It is much more than "just"
flight training -- it's a life experience your logbook will never
FTAC are not just a great way of
learning to fly, they are the best way of learning to fly. They
are intense, you live and learn in a focused group of likeminded
youths, your instructors are there 24/7, they are fun. (the camps,
but the instructors too)
Learn to fly, expand your horizons
(pun intended). Do your first solo flight in an airplane or in
a glider and possibly even get a pilots license. Plus many
outdoors activities on a 3000 mile trip through the American Southwest.
Live like a gypsy, or like a barnstormer, travel & study in
our moving class-room. Enjoy adventures such as river rafting,
water skiing, open air theatre, caves, horse back, hiking, primitive
camping, parachuting, swimming, cliff jumping, museums, bicycling,
mini golf. Count shooting stars as you fall asleep under an airplane's
Motto: Flexibility in Action!
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Scholarship provides assistance for needy students on a merit
basis. Combined with FTAC's own work-study program, it has enabled
students in the past to earn their pilots license for less than
the cost of food during the camp's time.
The camp was founded in 1990 by
a FAA certified flight instructor from Switzerland, in the USA.
FTAC are also an ideal package for
incentive programs, as well as motivational and therapeutical
social programs for youths and adults.
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The 3 to 9-week youth camp offers
three programs. Scholarships are available for all three:
Economy Camp: a two-week
or longer stationary camp based in Cañon City, Colorado
and/or Fairfield, Iowa offering very much the same activities
as the Tour Camp, except for the actual tour itself. Also offers
glider training and an opportunity for first solo in gliders for
students 14 years or older.
Tour Camp Expedition (aviation appetiser
program): Three week expedition, covering over 3000 miles with
the Magic Bus, assorted ground vehicles, and airplanes. Includes
12 hours of inflight flight instruction, all necessary ground
school and tests, and terminates with the first solo flight for
students 16 years or older.
License training program, which
is broken down into two parts: Base Camp and Tour Camp
The Base Camp is dedicated to basic
flight instruction and ground school (theory) which includes the
following topics: aerodynamics; FAA regulations; aircraft performance
computations including weight and balance; airspace; cross country
navigation including pilotage, dead reckoning and radio navigation;
flight planning; sectional navigation charts; aero medical factors;
flight service stations; weather services; and meteorology. It
is concluded with the Federal Aviation Administration written
exam. The Base Camp is stationary, usually in Iowa.
The Tour Camp, in this program,
is dedicated to the cross-country portion of the FAA Private Pilot
curriculum. Instead of flying round trips and triangles, we travel
one big circle of over 3000 miles, through the following states:
Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California, plus
possibly some others; visiting monuments and national parks such
as, Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, Lake Powell in Glen
Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion, Bryce, Snow Canon near St. George
Utah, Rocky Mountain N.P., Valley of Fire S.P., Mesa Verde, Four
Corners, Meteor Crater, and of course the Grand Canyon, and famous
towns like Moab, Utah or Sedona, Arizona.
During this trip we engage in a
number of "extracurricular" outdoor fun adventures,
such as: such as river rafting, water ski, open air theatre, caves,
horse back riding, boating, hiking, primitive camping, parachuting,
swimming, cliff jumping, museums, bicycling, mini golf, rapelling,
Food during this cowboy-style trip
is very simple, mostly sandwich lunches and, time and location
permitting, campfire cookout dinners. Accommodation is campground
or wilderness camping in sleeping bags under the stary sky, or
sometimes under an airplane's wings. Tents are reserved for wimps
and anti-romantics. Flexibility in Action is the camp's motto,
which translates into team-work, social responsibility, creativity,
self-sufficiency, and a positive attitude -- qualities which are
not only the mark of a good pilot, but of any successful person
The Tour Camp is escorted by a number
of vehicles, depending on the size of the group. A special feature
of FTAC is our Magic Bus, nick-named "One-O-One Mike Bravo",
a former Denver transit bus, prominently painted in the FTAC color
scheme, which holds our moving class room, equipment storage,
and camp headquarters.
The youth camp is designed for youth
15 to 21 years of age, who are willing to learn a completely new
skill and who have the courage to face their inner boundaries
and expand their horizons -- literally.
All camp programs are also open
to time builders for add-on ratings for the instrument rating
or commercial license.
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