Desert Eagle Flight Academy
Camp Boucher - Ephrata, WA (EPH)

Staff: 13 - 25 July 2020

Students: 14 - 25 July 2020

Ground School (Optional Add-On Class: 25 - 28 July 2020

Desert Eagle is now a National Flight Academy!
Applications are currently open for all cadets, nationwide.

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2020 Flight Academy Information

Pre-Solo Glider students will receive approximately 22 ground tow and 8 aero tow instructional flights.

Solo Glider Students will receive approximately 15 aero flights or 6 hours of flight time.

Powered students will receive approximately 10 hours of flight training.


All students will be notified of selection per the information on the NCSA website.  Selected students  must submit a $100 deposit by the end of March and the remaining $700 by the end of April. 

The total cost for Pre-Solo (Basic) Glider Students is                                       $800

The total cost for Solo (Advanced) Glider Students is                                       $800

The total cost for Power Students is                                                                    $800

The cost for the add-on Ground School is                                                           $350

We don’t want finances to hold anyone back, ask your Unit Commander for support. Many units have funds to support members for training. Your wing may also have scholarship money donated by organizations and individuals. Ask your Commander for details. 


On-Time Application Deadline: 15 Jan
(Late applications are still accepted with a lower slotting priority.)

Initial Student selection and notification: 1 Mar

Initial deposit due: 31 Mar.

Final payments and scholarship funds due: 30 April.

Medical Issues, Medication:

Safety and health of Cadets are of paramount importance to us. Cadets who have medical concerns should note them on their Form CAPF160 and inform the Senior Staff upon check-in. 

Under Washington State Law, it is illegal for any person other than a Parent or Legal guardian to administer medication, prescription or not, to minors. Cadets with prescriptions should bring appropriate doses, carry them if needed, and self-administer appropriately. You must also submit a completed, signed CAPF163. Please refer to the OPLAN for more infomation on medications.

Training Information:

For the students, the flight and ground school training is intensive. The students will be in class or flying most of the day. There will be limited free time each day.  Students also help maintain the building and help in the kitchen as needed.

The optional add-on Ground School is strongly suggested and available only for the advanced glider and power students. Students will receive classroom instruction to prepare them to take the FAA Private Pilot written exam. The fee to take the exam is approximately $160. This fee is added to your lodging and meals for a total cost of $350. The Ground School is intense preparation for the written examination. Free time will be very limited for the 4 days of ground school, but your efforts will pay off handsomely when you walk away from the testing facility with the written portion of the Private Pilot test COMPLETED.

Glider and power aircraft students may be allowed to make a single solo flight if they meet all of the training requirements and have demonstrated flying abilities. All must have a Student Pilots’ Certificate and the power students must also have an FAA Class 3 Medical. Glider solos will be accomplished only with approval of National Headquarters.  Advanced Glider students will spend much of their time flying solo to build the hours needed for their Glider License.  That being said, there is NO GUARANTEE of solos.  Lack of proficiency, weather, aircraft maintenance issues, etc, can all play a part in whether or not students are ready to fly solo.  

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