Our Cadets Fly
From glider to powered flights, Connecticut Cadets gain first-hand knowledge of aviation, with opportunities to only only ride in aircraft-- but to place their hands on the controls and FLY the aircraft!
The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Orientation Flight Program introduces our Cadets to general aviation through hands-on orientation flights in single engine aircraft and gliders. The program's motto describes what cadet flying is all about: "Safe, Fun, Educational". The program is limited to current CAP cadets under 18 years of age. At no time will cadets sustain any costs associated with this program.
Connecticut Wing Headquarters manages the program budget and ensures local leaders conduct the program properly. While it may not be possible to fly every cadet quarterly, by holding four orientation flight days per year, it is our goal that each cadet should receive 1 or 2 flights per year.
Orientation flights are conducted by qualified Civil Air Patrol Cadet Orientation Pilots who undergo annual currency ratings and who are there to ensure that cadets experience flight that is "Safe, Fun, Educational."
Civil Air Patrol Orientation Flight Coordinators are senior members who plan cadet flying activities. Some of their key tasks include:
- Developing schedules and sortie plans
- Coordinating to obtain pilots and aircraft, to include working with neighboring squadrons and/or group or wing headquarters
- Managing cadet sign-up rosters
- Entering flight data into WMIRS
- Coordinating with other staff officers who support cadet flying such as public affairs and aerospace education officers
- Updating the CAPF 66, Cadet Master Record, to record which syllabus flights the cadet has completed and which are remaining
The cadet seated in the front right seat is the primary 'student' during an orientation flight. However, in powered aircraft, a second or third cadetshould fly in the back seat, as weight and balance allows. Cadets may have as many back seat flights as possible. The pilot of powered aircraft occupies the left front seat. The pilot of glider aircraft will occupies the rear seat, proficiency permitting (or the left seat of gliders that have side-by-side seating). Pilots will not perform extreme maneuvers, aerobatics, spins or emergency procedures (unless, of course, there's an emergency).
A cadet's first responsibility is to arrive ready to fly on orientation flight day. (This is an expensive program involving a great deal of planning and coordination. Therefore, it is important for cadets to arrive on time and ready to fly.
Commanders should ask cadets to bring the following with them:
- The complete uniform of the day
- Chewing gum (yes, it helps keep your ears from popping)
- Snacks and water
- Camera (optional and recommended)