Safe, Fun, and Educational
The goal of the cadet orientation flight program is to introduce youth to flying. The Cadet Orientation Flight Program is designed to introduce our youth to general aviation through hands-on orientation flights in single engine aircraft and gliders. The program is limited to current CAP cadets under 18 years of age. Cadets are eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single-engine Cessna), five flights in a glider aircraft, and an unlimited number of backseat flights when conditions allow. The program is voluntary and primarily motivational and it should stimulate an interest in general aviation and aerospace activities. At no time will cadets sustain any costs associated with this program.
Orientation flights are a capstone event in the cadet’s overall aerospace experience. Cadet aerospace includes at least three major components:
- Cadets learn about aviation basics by studying the Aerospace Dimensions modules and completing achievement tests to advance through the overall CAP Cadet Program.
- Local aerospace education officers enrich this learning through experiential activities where cadets use CAP Stem Kits and AEX activity guides.
- Orientation flights place cadets in the cockpit, where the aviation fundamentals they learned about through their textbooks and classroom activities come to life in an exciting way