Cadet Airman John Klein and Cadet 2nd Lt. Travis Maxwell perform a final preflight inspection of their plane.
Cadet Airman John Klein (left) and Cadet Airman Basic Cooper Dozzi work on their plane before launching it.
Cadet Airman John Klein looks on as 2nd Lt. Jeff Serpas demonstrates the remote controls.
Cadet Airman Cadet John Klein watches 2nd Lt. Jeff Serpas launches the remote-controlled plane under Academy of Model Aeronautics and Porterville Flyers member Tab Hornburg’s watchful eye.
(Front row, from left) Cadet Airman John Klein, Cadet 2nd Lt. Travis Maxwell, Cadet Airmen Basic Adam Moore and Cooper Dozzi, 1st Lt. John Bruwer, (second row, from left) 2nd Lt. Jeffrey Serpas, Lt. Col. Robert June; AMA and Porterville Flyers member Dave Holly, 1st Lt. Dan Turkal and AMA members Bryan Holly and Tab Hornburg.
Photos by Monique Serpas
2nd Lt. Jeffrey Serpas
Assistant Aerospace Education Officer
Timmerman Composite Squadron
WISCONSIN – Members of the Timmerman Composite Squadron recently devoted a day to flying without ever leaving the ground or even coming anywhere near a flight simulator.
Instead, under the expert guidance of members of the Porterville Flyers radio-control flying club in Mukwonago, the flying was guided via radio controls.The two aircraft involved were built by Timmerman members.
Cadet 2nd Lt. Travis Maxwell, Cadet Airman John Klein and Cadet Airmen Basic Cooper Dozzi and Adam Moore all had the opportunity to test-fly the radio-controlled planes, as did four of the unit’s officers – Lt. Col. Robert June, safety officer; 1st Lt. Dan Turkal, emergency services officer; and 1st Lt. John Bruwer and 2nd Lt. Jeffrey Serpas, assistant education officers.
One of the planes sported an on-board camera, enabling the craft to be flown using a computer monitor and video goggles.
The Porterville club’s Tab Hornburg, Bryan Holly and Dave Holly, all member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, earned the squadron’s thanks by donating their time, experience and aircraft to make the day a great
For the squadron members, the event marked the completion of the first phase of a three-phase program to build a functional unmanned aircraft system, with each cadet participating in the hands-on building of a remote-controlled aircraft through Civil Air Patrol’s Model Airplane and Remote Control program.
Aerospace education lectures were combined with hands-on construction time to ensure each cadet could apply theory learned through aerospace education lessons to the project. Lectures and activities included learning about aerodynamic and electronic principles; radio control systems; aircraft, wing, engine design and construction; and electricity and electromagnetic radiation laws and formulas.
Lt. Col. Arthur Stroede, professional development officer for Milwaukee Senior Support Squadron 10, also participated in building the planes, as did the following Timmerman cadets:
- Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Carter Welsh.
- Cadet Staff Sgt. Tyus Stoltenburg.
- Cadet Tech. Sgt. Brittany Waltho.
- Cadet Senior Airmen Kristopher Hildebrand and Jacob Fuiten.
- Cadet Airmen 1st Class Amber Wycklendt and Andrew Parr.