The Bob Pickens Junior Pilot Program
Founded by Barry M. in 2014, the Junior Program has become an integral part of the LVSC experience. Funds raised throughout the year provide any needed assistance to the youngsters that might otherwise preclude them from participating in the program. Previous students have received everything from batteries and receivers up to full RTF packages at no cost to them or their parents.
Bob, a long time member of the Las Vegas Soaring Club, was an aviation enthusiast extraordinaire. He was a full scale pilot at a very young age, involved in RC and loved getting others involved. He believed that it was important to pass this knowledge and experience along to the younger generation and expose them to aviation of all types.
This program seeks to emulate that enthusiasm for aviation and youth by providing a structured entry program for youngsters up to the age of 18 into the hobby of RC flying.
Students prepare for this experience by completing, along with parental input, a short questionnaire that lays out the learning path for their particular program. Students not only learn how to set goals and achieve them, but also develop social and coordination skills with practical experience alongside other pilots.
Upon completion of the program the instructor signs them off for solo flight in their particular RC category and they are free to be on the flight line with other pilots. Each student is given scheduled, personal time with an AMA instructor that remains with them throughout their club experience.
Sunday, 12 Mar 2017
New Junior Member Sara H. gets her solo check ride with Barry M. Club members Bruce K. and Robert S. look on as she sets up for a landing.
Proud dad Daniel waits in the wings. Parental involvement is an important part of the program and their support is essential as their son/daughter learns much more than how to fly an RC aircraft. The pride of achievement brings out the biggest smiles as they master the skills of RC as well as social skills in working alongside other pilots.
Great job Sara! Congratulations.
June 10, 2018
At only 11 years old, Shayan recently completed his Solo flight Certification under the careful guidance of Bruce K., Past President.
While Bruce doesn't plan on taking on the instructor role on a regular basis, he felt that Shayan was interested and gifted in learning to fly RC. Shayan, a straight A student at a local school, pianist and Viola player has been to the field every weekend (with the great support of his mom) learning proper safety and flight techniques. On this day he demonstrated his natural flying ability, and without any guidance, as he brought his plane in for a perfect landing in gusting crosswinds.
If you see him at the field say hi. He's intelligent and charming. Great traits for an up and coming LVSC member.