Adventure packed learning camp for people interested in learning
something completely new, exciting and challenging. Learner oriented
flight school with emphasis on team work, learning through real
life situations, fun and adventure. The desire of a career in
aviation is optional to succeed in this camp -- the desire to
excel, however, is mandatory! Learn a few unordinary skills in
an unordinary way. Discover and unfold your creative potential,
have fun! Expand your horizons -- literally. The camp's motto
"Flexibility in Action!" translates into team work,
social responsibility, creativity, self sufficiency, and a positive
attitude -- for these are not only the mark of a good pilot, but
of any successful person in life!
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
The camp was founded in 1990 by Dominik
Strobel, a FAA certified flight instructor from Switzerland,
in the USA.
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FTAC Overview *
The 6-week aviation camp 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 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 about 7000 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, and more.
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 in life.
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.
FTAC for Youth
FTAC's youthcamp version, Flight Training Adventure Camps for
Youth (FTAC-Y) is a co-educational residential three-week summer
camp in the same style, with two main distinctions:
- One, the training curriculum per session is "only"
the first solo, with an extension up to seven weeks for Private
- Two, there is no Base Camp, since there is no written test.
For PP applicants, a one week Base Camp is offered between the
two three week Tour Camps.
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
Both camps are also open to time builders for add-on ratings
for the instrument rating or commercial license.
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