Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 11:10

Lt. Michael “G-Bird” McElroy, USAF,  was awarded with the FAA Private Pilot Certification on January, 17th! Pictured is the handshake from the examiner for completion of a successful "Practical Test, Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land” in FAA-speak.

Lt. McElroy began flight training early September, and passed his FAA checkride on his first attempt before his biceps outgrew the Cessna and before the Air Force finally figures out that he’s not supposed to be in high school anymore. 

The Lt. completed about 73 hours of dual (...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:05

Randolph-Macon Academy brought in the final piece of the Hadeed Innovation Lab on October 31, 2018, when the Redbird TD flight simulator arrived. The Redbird TD is a Basic Aviation Training Device that allows private pilot students to log up to 2.5 hour towards aeronautical experience requirements and instrument students to log up to 10 hours toward an instrument rating. The R-MA Flight Department is now home to two flight simulators, as the Academy will continue to use the smaller Redbird Jay flight simulator for the variety of aircraft it includes. 


Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 22:46

Most students anxiously await their 16th birthday, eagerly anticipating that rite of passage into almost-adulthood: obtaining their driver’s license. Not Jacob Gehly of Front Royal. He set his goal a little higher. So on February 6, 2018, five days after his 16th birthday, Jacob wasn’t in an automobile waiting to pass his driving test. He was at Front Royal/Warren County Airport, in an airplane, about to take off into the sky, alone in the cockpit for the first time.

Jacob, a sophomore at Randolph-Macon Academy, doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t want to...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 08:19

On April 18, 2018, three days after turning 16, Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) sophomore Connor Gamma climbed into the cockpit of R-MA’s Cessna 172 knowing it would be the day for his first solo flight. He had been flying for years already, accumulating over 50 hours of flight, and he was more than ready to bid farewell to his flight instructor, Randolph-Macon Academy’s Ryan Koch, and go it alone. 

Standing on the sidelines watching Connor and cheering him on were his mother, Mary Gamma; R-MA Commandant Col Frank Link, USAF, Retired, and his...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:33

Friday afternoons at Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School just got a little more exciting. Flight instructors Ryan Koch and Mark Kramer P '19 are bringing the R-MA Flight Program to the Middle School! "We've been excited about this for quite some time," said Koch. "Mark and I went to the Middle School during a mentoring session in the fall to present this club to the kids. It was very well received and they were excited about it." 

The two R-MA Flight Instructors are meeting with the middle schoolers every Friday from 2-4 p....

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 14:03

“So Parker, do you want to solo?” asked Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) flight instructor Ryan Koch.  Parker hesitated, but nodded his head and in his usual respectful manner replied, “Yes sir.”  

On Monday July 25, 2016, at Front Royal-Warren County Airport, R-MA student Parker Overstreet ’17 flew an aircraft with nobody else inside the cockpit next to him for the first time.  He has been flying for a year now and enjoys every second spent in the wild blue yonder.  

It is no small task to man an aircraft by...

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 08:48

It might have taken Elias Lisle of Hingham, MA, a bit of time to convince his parents to let him fly, but once he did, there was no going back. Lisle began flying in November 2013, shortly after starting as a sophomore at Randolph-Macon Academy, a boarding school in Virginia that offers an optional flight program for students. A year later, he flew his first solo flight. This year, as a senior, he earned his private pilot certification at Front Royal-Warren County Airport on May 25, 2016, just three days before graduating from Randolph-Macon.

And he doesn’t even have his...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 08:16

On the bright, clear morning of April 15, 2016, Jared Keefe achieved his longtime dream of flying solo in an airplane, completing three successful takeoffs and landings at Front Royal/Warren County Airport. Jared, a sophomore at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) in Front Royal, is the son of Gabriel and Tammy Faath of Williamsburg, VA, and Richard and Karelyn Keefe of Sebring, FL. 

Jared began flying as part of the Randolph-Macon Academy flight program in the fall of 2014. During his freshman year, he managed to squeeze in only about nine hours of flight time. To achieve...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 10:18

By Ryan Koch

During the summer flying session Ms. Abraham and I take two students at a time for flight lessons in the morning and afternoon. One student takes the controls for the first half of the flight block while the other students sits back seat to observe. Destinations are generally further from Front Royal, our home airport, due to the tandem training approach.

During the first week of training students will learn the preflight, taxiing, takeoff, climbing, turning, holding altitude, descending, and approach. Destinations will include...

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:30

In this video Xin Ma, Yanjiao Wang, and Qi Jiang present an overview of the preflight of a Randolph-Macon Academy Cessna 172.