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Orientation Flights



From glider to powered flights, Georgia Cadets gain first-hand knowledge of aviation, with opportunities to not 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.

Georgia 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.”

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).