Cadet Orientation Flights

IMG_1226The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Orientation Flight Program is designed to introduce our cadets to general aviation through hands-on flights in single engine aircraft and gliders.   The program is limited to those cadets under 18 years of age.  The program is voluntary and is intended to be motivational and to  stimulate an interest in general aviation an other aerospace activities.

The Cadet Orientation Flight Syllabus consists of ten flights,  five in gliders and five in single-engine aircraft.  For our squadron, flights in single-engine aircraft are conducted locally, at the Denton Municipal Airport.  Glider flights  generally are conducted at Bishop Field near Decatur.

To receive credit for completing a syllabus flight, the cadet will occupy the front right seat and the flight must complete 80% of the objectives.  Once a cadet has completed a syllabus flight, the cadet cannot repeat that flight from the front seat.  However, there are no limitations to the number of  flights a cadet may take as a rear-seat passenger.  Cadets are encouraged  to participate in these observation flights.

Scheduling

Scheduling is coordinated between Cadet Programs and Operations.   The flights can be canceled for any number of reasons, such as weather,  mechanical problems with the airplane, an actual search mission requiring  priority use of the airplane, or pilot illness, just to name a few.  During the winter, it may be sunny without a cloud in the sky, but it may also be  too cold (or too hot) to fly. Conditions will dictate whether all the flights are canceled or only some of  them. Changing conditions may cancel morning flights and allow afternoon or  visa versa.  All attempts will be made to contact the cadets before leaving home if flights are canceled.  When  you sign up for a flight, you will be asked to provide a telephone number  where either you (or someone who can contact you in a timely manner) can be  reached.  If we don’t get that number, we will try to use the phone numbers, if any, you provided in eServices. If we can’t contact for you, you might show up at the  airport and no one will be there.

Uniform

The only requirement about uniforms is that all occupants in the aircraft must wear an approved Civil Air Patrol uniform.  It doesn’t matter which uniform.  If you wanted to wear your Mess Dress uniform, that would be ok, but obviously not advised.  Cadets will wear their BDU unless otherwise advised.

It is strongly advised that outerwear appropriate for the weather conditions be worn.  For cadets or pilots in a CAP-distinctive uniform, there are no outerwear restrictions.  For pilots in USAF-style uniforms (green flight suit), appropriate  USAF-style outerwear is mandated if worn (i.e. no civilian outwear).

The general guidance for determining whether, or the type of, outerwear that one should remain comfortable while walking a distance of 3000 (over 1/2 mile) feet in the expected weather conditions.

Flight Briefings

One or more briefers (who are pilots in the squadron) will be available  at the flight location on the day of the flight to  review with the cadet the aviation concepts to be demonstrated  during the flight.  The briefers will be able to answer any questions the cadet may have about the flight.  The cadet should arrive at the flight location 1 hour prior to the cadet’s scheduled flight time.

Operations Responsibilities Summary

  • Check flight funding, mission number in WMIRS
  • Receive schedule of cadets from Cadet Programs
  • Assign pilot(s) and FRO(s)
  • Generate sorties in WMIRS
  • Reserve aircraft in CAPERS

Pilot Responsibilities Summary

  • Review flight date schedule
  • Prepare for flights
  • Obtain flight release
  • Wear appropriate uniform (and outerwear if necessary)
  • Ferry plane (as required)
  • Conduct flights per syllabus, track flight time
  • Contact FRO at each landing
  • Ferry plane (as required), refuel and secure
  • Report all flight information to FRO upon completion

Cadet Responsibilities Summary

  • Stay alert for possible cancellation before leaving home
  • Wear appropriate uniform (and outerwear if necessary)
  • Have membership card with you
  • Arrive at flight location 1 hour before scheduled flight to review  briefing material
  • Fly, Learn, Have Fun