Culver Academies Aviation
Summer Camp 2019



Alphaflight LLC will be providing training and Discovery Flights for the 2019 Culver Summer Schools and Camps Aviation Program.  Co-owners Dan Marohn and Ken Norris wish to welcome new and returning students and parents.

We bring a wealth of military, airline and civilian training to the program.  Standardization and consistency are vital to the goal of bringing up the next generation of safe, knowledgeable and skilled aviators.  Whether you just want to try a Discovery Flight or take a few lessons to see what flying is all about; or you want to take it a little further and solo an airplane or get a Private Pilot License to make yourself a more well rounded person; or you decide to pursue aviation as a career, nothing takes the place of learning the right way from day one.  We will accomplish this goal with our standardized, industry leading Jeppesen curriculum broken down into three different “Stages”, our newer, lower time aircraft, FAA approved Advanced Aviation Training Devices (Simulators), hand-picked professional flight instructors, state-of-the-art electronic scheduling and friendly and professional customer service and support staff.

We’re excited to give Culver students and parents the best possible experience for the 2019 season and look forward to getting to know each of you this coming summer.


With our goal of providing you with the best possible experience, please review the  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page before you begin the process of enrollment.  While we hope this will address most questions you might have, but realize it won’t be able to cover them all.  If, at any time, you have a question, problem or issue, please call us for help.

I am a returning student. What Stage should I select?
If you are 14, regardless of previous flight time, select Stage #1 (Age 14). If you are 15, regardless of previous flight time, Select Stage #1(Age 15). If you are 16, regardless of previous flight experience, or 17 or older, and do not have or cannot get the required flight time for the Private Pilot License, select Stage #2. If you meet or are close to meeting the requirements for the Private Pilot License (see those requirements in this FAQ), select Stage #3.
May I fly if I am NOT a United States Citizen?
Yes, but you must apply to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and be approved before you may receive flight instruction (Discovery Flights and ground instruction are exempt). During the application process, we have provided a link to help you navigate to the appropriate site as well as an example form with the relevant information you will need.  The cost is $130, paid directly to the TSA.
Do I need a Student Pilot License?
Yes, if you are age 16 or older and your plan is to solo or pursue your Private Pilot License. A link has been provided for you to explain and start the process.
How many flights should I purchase?
That depends. If this is the student’s first year, the amount of hours included with each stage should allow them adequate flying hours for this year’s camp.  If the student does not demonstrate the required level of proficiency required to complete the Stage they are enrolled in, AlphaFlight will contact the the student’s guardian to discuss the individual situation and work with them to formulate a plan on the necessary hours required to get the student proficient.  If a student has previous flight experience and is age 16 or older, this may require a pre-enrollment  conversation with an AlphaFlight representative if the student wants to pursue soloing the aircraft or working toward their Private Pilot License.
How much do the flights cost and why aren’t they listed?
In the interest of privacy for our Culver families, you will find more details on the enrollment pages after entering the password provided from the Culver Summer Camp enrollment page. Please scroll to the bottom of each enrollment page to see the price of each Stage, extra flight time and extra simulator time.
What are the requirements to earn a Private Pilot License?
FAA Requirements to Obtain a Private Pilot Certificate (Summary)

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English
  3. Obtain at least a third-class FAA medical certificate
  4. Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course
  5. Pass a knowledge test with a score of 70% or better.
  6. Accumulate appropriate flight experience
  7. Receive a total of 40 hr. of flight instruction and solo flight time including:

            20 hours of flight training from an authorized flight instructor, including at least:                                    

                3 hours of cross-country (i.e. to other airports)

                3 hours of night, including
                    1. One cross-country flight of over 100nm total distance

                    2. 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop at an airport

                 3 hours of instrument flight training in an airplane

                 3 hours in airplanes in preparation for the private pilot practical test within

                60 days prior to that test

           10 hours of solo time in an airplane, including:

                  5 hours of cross-country flights

                  One solo cross-country flight of at least 150nm total distance, with full-stop

                  landings at a minimum of three points and with one segment of the flight

                  consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50nm between takeoff and landing locations

                  Three solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an

                  operating control tower

  1. Successfully complete a practical (flight) test given as a final exam
    by an FAA inspector or designated pilot examiner and
    conducted as specified
     in the FAA’s Private Pilot Practical Test Standards
Should I purchase simulator lessons? Why, or why not?
Adequate simulator time is provided in each Stage however additional time may be beneficial for your student if: a.) they are enrolled in a Stage but would like additional time to practice maneuvers, procedures or instruments or, b.) they are not enrolled in a Stage or if they are apprehensive about getting in an actual airplane but wish to have realistic training or an experience at a reduced rate from aircraft time. Keep in mind, only 3 hours of simulator time may be counted toward the Private Pilot License.
If my student really likes it, can I purchase more flights during the summer?
That is up to the guardian. If enrolled in a Stage, up to four additional hours may be selected during initial enrollment. This should be adequate for students anticipating  the need to get proficient again, wishing to solo or to obtain their PPL.  If not enrolled in a Stage, we suggest up to four hours if they are wanting to fly but cannot necessarily afford a Stage. Due to the number of students and complexity of the schedule we prefer not to schedule students for more time than this.
What if I cannot find a place to get fingerprints done in my country?
Upon arrival at camp, the Director of Aviation and an AlphaFlight representative will accompany the student to a local, TSA approved site to be fingerprinted.  All other aspects of the Clearance process must be completed prior to arrival at camp and they must have their passport.
If I have questions about Culver Summer Camps, the choices of units for my student or how the Culver Aviation Program and Culver activities are coordinated with AlphaFlight, who should I ask?
Mary Kaye Welch, Culver Director of Aviation

     [email protected]





The stage #1 student obtains a solid foundation for all future flight training. Summer Flight Camp Stage #1 will train the student the basic flight maneuvers needed for fundamentals of controlled flight. This will include a combination of advanced flight instruction in aircraft and flight simulators.

The student will begin the initial steps for successful:

Takeoffs, landings, traffic patterns, ground tracking, steep turns, instrument flight, slow flight, stalls, spin awareness, flight deck and emergency procedures.

Summer Flight Camp Stage #1 will follow the highly regarded Jeppesen Private Pilot Syllabus Stage 1 to ensure the student will be a properly recognized FAA private pilot applicant.


The stage #2 student will expand upon skills learned in the previous training. Greater emphasis will be placed on advanced flight maneuvers. Training will be conducted in aircraft, flight simulators, and more advanced ground instruction.

The student will train to reach the level of skills necessary for being pilot in command. Further mastery of the following skills:

Instrument attitude control, stalls, ground reference maneuvers, performance takeoff/landing procedures, cross country flight, navigation systems, and solo flight competence.

Summer Flight Camp Stage #2 will follow the highly regarded Jeppesen Private Pilot Syllabus Stage 2 to further ensure the student will be a properly recognized FAA private pilot applicant.

*Students are encouraged to observe training flights as part of their experience. AlphaFlight LLC does not guarantee the student will meet all standards or be endorsed for solo flight.


The stage #3 student will gain additional mastery of skills necessary to become an FAA certified private pilot. Additional proficiency will be emphasized on cross-country flight operations. Training will be conducted in aircraft, flight simulators, and advance ground instruction to meet the private practical test standards.

Flight Camp Stage #3 will follow the highly regarded Jeppesen Private Pilot Syllabus Stage 3 to further ensure the student will be a properly recognized FAA private pilot applicant. This course is designed to train the student towards the minimum criteria established for Private Pilot Airman Certification Standards.

*AlphaFlight LLC does not guarantee the student will meet all standards or be endorsed to apply for Airman Certification.


Additional Flight Training

Flight students can elect up to 4 additional flight hours. 

Additional Simulator Training

Flight students can elect up to 4 additional flight hours. 

Discovery Flight

This is an introduction for students or staff desiring to enjoy the experience of flight. Assist at the controls with a flight instructor as you enjoy the complex world of aviation.


Additional Questions?