Museum Youth Program




The Candler Field Youth Mentorship Program was founded in 2013 for the sole purpose of  imparting knowledge of aircraft related subjects to young people who have a keen interest in beginning a career in aviation.  The program was formed by the Board of Directors of the Candler Field Museum.  Several of the members of the board are either currently involved in an aviation career or have retired from an aviation career.   Most of these board members were guided by someone in this field when they were young.  All want to “give back” through an organized program that will help young people establish a meaningful career.       




Under experienced adult guidance students will be taught the skills of restoring and maintaining aircraft along with being provided the opportunity to actually work on aircraft.  In addition, those interested will have the opportunity to learn how to pilot an airplane through the Candler Field Flying Club.  This program is very structured and the students must have a strong commitment to learn.  Those interested in obtaining their aircraft mechanic license will be afforded the opportunity to log hours toward the time requirement for this license.  Students who elect to learn to fly an airplane will be taught all of the skills needed for their pilot’s license.  Students actually earn their flying time by working in the museum or the flying club.  This affords the individual a method of learning to fly with minimal expense.





·       Age requirement 14-20.  Younger children will be considered on an individual basis but will not be eligible to earn flying time until reaching age 14.  Any child under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent when observing the program.

·       The student must be a member of the Candler Field Museum.

·       Potential candidates are encouraged to participate in one or all of the following:  attend the museum’s 2 day Air Academy, participate in the EAA Young Eagle Program, or join the local Civil Air Patrol squadron.

·       Potential students and their parents will be interviewed by museum personnel prior to acceptance into the program.

·       Students must ensure that their formal education takes priority over this program.  They must make passing grades in their school.

·       The individual needs to understand that a strong commitment is required to be a part of the program.  We will only accept students who are committed to learn. 

·       Students who desire flight training must join the Candler Field Flying Club.  The initiation fee will be waived for members of this program.

·       Each student will be required to log a minimum of 1 day per week or 4 days per month.  If the student has not put in at least 10 days per quarter they will be evaluated.

·       All students are expected to log their work time in a logbook provided by the museum.  The logged time may be applied to the minimum hour requirement to acquire a mechanic license.

·       Those students who elect to fly will earn flying time in the Candler Field Flying Club through hours worked either in the museum, on restoration projects, or on flying club aircraft.  For every 10 hours of work logged one hour of flight time will be awarded.  The actual cash value of 10 hours of work will be a $70 credit in a club airplane.  Students will pay the remaining $25 normally charged for fuel expense.

·       Students will be responsible for paying a flight instructor.

·       Students are expected to volunteer at major museum events.  This time will not be compensated.

·       A waiver of liability will be signed by parents.


To confirm your commitment to apply full efforts while participating in the Candler Field Museum Youth Program you must agree to fully comply with the following key principles:

1)  I will strive to fully apply my attention to the instructions of the mentors at all time.  I recognize that I am working on an aircraft or an aircraft part and that the work is safety sensitive and must have my full attention.  Careless work on an aircraft can have life threatening consequences. 

2)  I will remain at the assigned task or location unless relieved or reassigned by the supervisor or mentor.  I will avoid idle time, realizing the full value of the time available to accomplish the assigned tasks. 

3)  I will respect the other student participants and avoid distracting actions and horseplay. I also understand that discipline will be taken if I violate this requirement.  

4)  I will seek further clarification and information when in doubt while accomplishing technical assignments on components, aircraft structures, or engines.

5)  I will maintain the work area and hangar in a clean and neat manner.

6)  I will comply with the requirements of wearing protective gloves, safety glasses, respirators, and other safety devices when accomplishing tasks requiring them. 

7)  I will be aware that aircraft fabric work should be accomplished only with clean hands.

8)  The use of powered tools and machines are restricted for students of certain ages and will be used only with proper instructions.  The state and federal guidelines pertaining to this will be strictly adhered to and explained to you by your mentor.  I will wear my nametag so that my age can be easily determined by the mentors.

9)  I understand that I may be removed from this program if I violate the rules of the program, if I am dishonest in any way, or if I require continued disciplinary action.  I will have the right to present my case to a panel of 3 mentors to make the final decision if removal is pending.  I understand that if removed from this program for disciplinary reasons that I will lose all of the accrued flying time that I have accumulated.

10)  I will remember that I am a museum volunteer who will assist the other volunteers who help make this program possible.  I will do all that I can to assist in other museum activities.  I will volunteer my time to assist with Vintage Day and Veteran’s Day each year.

 Candler Field museum Youth aviation Program

Flight-Training Syllabus

The following flight-training program is for Candler Field Museum Youth Aviation Program (CFMYAP) students using earned flight hours to pursue pilot training through Candler Field Museum.  The program goal is for the student to obtain a Private Pilot license.  Minimum age to participate in this flight training is 14 years old.

 The first step in this program is an introductory flight.  Ideally, this flight will be conducted in a conventional, or tailwheel-type Candler Field Museum airplane.  If the student decides to continue flight training after the introductory flight, he/she will follow the three-stage flight-training syllabus defined herein. 

 The Candler Field Museum will honor up to 60 earned flight hours plus 5 glider flights as outlined in this syllabus.  The student is responsible for instructor and fuel costs.  Additionally, students are required to attend flight ground schools sponsored by the Candler Field Museum

Stage I

Stage I is basic flight training conducted in a tailwheel airplane.  The objective in Stage I is to learn the plane, prepare for solo flight and conduct solo flight.  If available, CFMYAP CFIs will be used for Stage I flight training. 

 Stage I students are expected to log a minimum of 20 hours, of which 5 hours must be solo.  The student is expected to solo within 12-15 hours.  The Museum will sponsor 6 flying hours per year for students between ages 14-16.  Additional hours for this age group will be at their own expense. Stage I students must complete 5 flights in a glider.  Solo in the glider is desired but not required.  Students are expected to begin preparation and study for the private pilot written exam during Stage I.

 Stage II

The student must be 16 years of age to begin Stage II.  This stage of training will include 3 hours of dual-instruction in the museum simulator.  Stage II is designed to introduce basic reference to instruments for takeoff, turns, and basic maneuvers.  Emphasis will be placed on checklist usage for all phases of ground and flight operations. The student must also complete and pass the Private Pilot written exam during Stage II.  Stage II instructors will be experienced pilots or CFIs associated with the museum.

 Stage III

Stage III is designed to focus on the Private Pilot rating.  Flying club instructors will conduct this stage of training.  Flight instruction will be conducted in the Museum Cherokee.  If the Cherokee is not available, this training stage may be conducted in the Museum Cessna or similar airplane. The student should anticipate logging 20-30 flying hours prior to scheduling a Private Pilot flight check.  The student is expected to complete the Private Pilot oral and flight check within the 60 flying hours allotted by the CFMYAP.

Upon completion of the Private Pilot license, the student is encouraged to work toward an instrument rating through the Candler Field Flying Club.  The initiation fee will be waived for CFMYAP students choosing to use the Candler Field Flying Club for this training.  However, the normal hourly rates will apply.


To join this very dynamic program you must meet the requirements stated in the Details section of this brochure.  Applicants and their parents will be interviewed by program volunteers so that they are aware of the commitment involved.  An initial fee of $50 is required to secure museum membership and to purchase a maintenance logbook.  The applicant will be required to join the Candler Field Flying Club when they begin their flight training.  No initial fee is required to join the flying club.  If you are interested in pursuing an aviation career in maintenance or piloting this program is a great place to begin.   It is also a good place to start if you want to pursue a career in any other facet of aviation.  An application form may be obtained at the Candler Field Museum located on the Peach State Airport in Williamson, GA.


To view or download all documents pertaining to the Candler Field Museum Youth Mentorship Program





The Candler Field Flying is a part of the Candler Field Museum.  The purpose of the Candler Field Flying Club is to offer affordable flight instruction to Candler Field Museum youth program members in addition to all museum members.  Emphasis is placed upon teaching the basics of flying to young people to include both ground instruction and flight instruction.  Safety and quality of instruction will be paramount.  Instruction techniques will reflect time honored methods of flying to include proficiency in operating antique and tailwheel aircraft while meeting modern FAA flight requirements and standards.  The club is a major part of the Candler Field Museum Youth Program.  For more information on this very active club please go to  




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On October 24, 2015, Amanda Denton became the first member of our Youth Program to acquire her Private Pilot's license.  She is pictured with the Candler Field Flying Club's Cessna 172.  this is a great achievement for Amanda and for our program.


A scholarship fund to assist aspiring aviators realize their dreams has been established in memory of museum member Ed Bowlin.  Museum member Connie Bowlin has selected the Candler Field Museum to be the sponsoring organization of the High Flight Scholarship fund.




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Youth Program's first completed project.  J-3 Cub.


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Randy Coile and Amanda Denton after a flight in the Waco with Ron Alexander


Working the Peachtree City Airshow 2014

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Moving into the new Doug Davis Hangar - December, 2014



Aeronca Champ wings and fuselage.



Sonex quick build kit donated to the museum April, 2015



WWII Waco glider project - November, 2015


Piper Cherokee 140 was donated to the Youth Program in 2015.



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This Aeronca Champ was restored in the Youth Program and will be regularly flown by the members of the program.

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The Aeronca Champ was flown to AirVenture 2016 by student Jacob Gates along with

mentors A.C. Hutson and Bill Rial.

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Picture of the Champ over Oshkosh, Wisconsin country taken by EAA photographer.

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The entire group at AirVenture 2016.


Student Cayla McLeod after her first solo flight on August 4, 2016