glider to powered flights, Georgia 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!
All of the photos on this page
were taken of Georgia CAP Cadets flying in the Gainesville-based Civil Air
Patrol aircraft, N96932.
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.
Georgia Wing Headquarters manages
the program budget and ensures local leaders (including the Gainesville
Composite Squadron) 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.
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
Coordinating to obtain pilots
and aircraft, to include working with neighboring squadrons and/or group or
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
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 cadet should 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.
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)