The radar cross section (RCS) of passive calibration targets is relatively low, which leads to a commensurate increase in the uncertainty of the radar’s calibration. To address this deficiency, an active radar calibration (ARC) target was developed, which was mounted on a small remote controlled tri-copter and used for radar calibration. Results are presented for this relatively small, light weight and cost effective airborne ARC, which is suitable for the calibration of a ground to air RCS measurement system. The static RCS characteristics of the airborne ARC target were measured in a compact range and compared to outdoor measurements with the ARC target mounted on the tri-copter. The airborne capability of the calibration target was used to reduce the effects of multi-path and clutter.