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Cadet Flying

Safe, Fun, Educational

CAP is America’s premiere opportunity for air-minded youth. Thanks to CAP adult volunteers, cadets learn about the fundamentals of aviation through classroom activities, self-study texts, orientation flights, and formal flight training. You've reached the Cadet Flying Home Page, your source for information about:

Orientation Flights

The cadet orientation flight program shares with cadets the thrill of flying. Every CAP cadet under age 18 is 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. Orientation flights are always free to cadets. Survey data has repeatedly shown that the #1 reason youth become CAP cadets is an interest in flying.



Free Cadet Memberships in Aviation Organizations

Three of the biggest aviation organizations in America – AOPA, EAA, and SSA – show their support for CAP cadets by offering them free memberships and other benefits. Cadets who are aspiring aviators should take advantage of these great opportunities (external links):


Elective Activities for Individual Cadets & Squadrons

Aviation 101 

This online, video-based course is provided to cadets at no cost by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. If you want to learn aviation fundamentals and how to become a licensed pilot, start here.

Format:           Online only

Audience:        Individual cadets, any grade

For Details:     See Aviation 101 home page

Fit for Flying

By nature, humans are land-based organisms, and so when human aviators take flight they enter a whole new environment. Fit for Flying teaches aspiring aviators what it takes to be an airworthy human. Topics include the unique traits of the flight environment, aerophysiology, and fitness as a lifestyle. A positive, drug-free message is emphasized throughout.

Format:           Conference / classroom activity, or a self-study program for individual cadets

Audience:        Cadet class or individual cadets of any grade

Resources:      Textbook, instructor guide, quizzes

For Details:     See home page

Let’s Go Flying

Let’s Go Flying is the young person’s introduction to aviation. Topics include what to look for on your first airline flight, fundamentals of aviation science, fun things young people can do to grow their interest in flying, and interviews with aviation professionals who discuss career opportunities.

Format:           Classroom lessons with team activities, or a self-study program for individual cadets

Audience:        Cadet class or individual cadets of any grade

For Details:     See home page

Resources:      Textbook, instructor guide with activity plans, presentations, quizzes


Flight Academies

Cadets who have completed some orientation flights, studied their Aerospace Dimensions texts, and participated in some of the electives shown above are ready to pursue formal flight instruction leading to a solo flight or private pilot certificate. CAP operates flight academies in single-engine and glider aircraft, primarily in the summer.

Format:           In-residence, overnight activity, typically 1-week in duration

Audience:        Cadets who have graduated encampment

For Details:     See National Cadet Special Activities home page

Private Pilot Written Test Preparation Courses

Cadets who are interested in obtaining their private pilot certificate need to pass an FAA private pilot written exam.  There are many commercial off the shelf products that help cadets learn the concepts and prepare for the test. Because this is a difficult hurdle to overcome alone, CAP units may put together a cohort of cadets to mentor them as they complete their coursework together. Usually lasts 3-6 weeks and meets in-person or virtually to allow participants to review harder-to-learn concepts and ask an instructor pilot questions.

Format:          Virtual, multi-week activity, typically 6 weeks in duration

Audience:        Cadets who are working towards a private pilot certificate

For Details:     See the Private Pilot Written Test Preparation Courses home page


Flight Scholarships

It’s no secret that flight training is expensive. CAP supports cadets in their aviation career aspirations through college and flight scholarship programs. Most scholarships are competitive, benefitting cadets who have ranked-up in the Cadet Program, graduated from encampments, and participated in some of the electives shown on this page.

For Details:     See the Flight Scholarships home page


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