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Cadet (Not Staff) End of Activity Survey 2019

Staff End of Activity Survey 2019--coming soon


This site lists Civil Air Patrol's upcoming Cadet Special Activities (CSAs). It includes national activities and those wing and region activities approved to receive the CSA ribbon. These activities are designed to explore civilian and military aerospace careers, provide flight training, develop leadership, and enhance emergency services skills.

Beginning 26 March after 1200 CDT the CadetInvest Module will be re-opened for 1) Cadet Lift and Take-off Program applications for spring/summer 2019 activities and 2) Cadet Wings. Applications must be submitted before 12 Apr at 1200 CDT for consideration this round.

Those who apply for Lift and Take-off will be notified as quickly as possible if they will receive financial assistance. Lift and Take-off are needs-based financial assistance programs which will pay activity tuition and travel costs for cadets selected as primary for National Cadet Special Activities, including flight academies. Please be sure your activity director knows that you have applied so they will hold your slot past the 31 March deposit deadline.  All notifications for Lift and TOP will be complete by 30 April.  Cadet Wings candidates will be told their status by 30 April as well.

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NCSA Registration Status Updates

EServices Registration & Payment System is open for LATE applications for summer activities. Applications submitted in eServices after 15 Jan are considered after all "On-Time" applicants.  Use this "Apply Online" link to access the application site on eServices. Notifications of winter placements went out in December. Notifications for on-time summer applicants will go out on 1 March.  Those cadets who remain on alternate lists after 1 March may be contacted at anytime to fill a slot.

Use the following course numbers to verify you are selecting the correct activity in the eServices preferences tab of your application. Activities appear alphabetically, but will have the course number next to them in the tab.  You can download a sortable spreadsheet on the homepage for a complete listing of activity preference numbers.

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant Course # Staff Participant  Course # Activity Full Name
NFA-IL Wing JFA 292 341 NFA-IL Wing Lt Col Raymond Johnson Flight Academy (Balloon)
NFA-IL Wing JFA 294 341 NFA-IL Wing Lt Col Raymond Johnson Flight Academy (Glider)
NFA-IL Wing JFA G-1000 302 297 NFA-IL Wing Lt Col Raymond Johnson Flight Academy G-1000 (Powered)
NFA-IL Wing JFA Week 1 296 297 NFA-IL Wing Lt Col Raymond Johnson Flight Academy (Week 1 Powered)
NFA-IL Wing JFA Week 2  
328 341
NFA-IL Wing Lt Col Raymond Johnson Flight Academy (Week 2 Powered)
Contact for Activity:
Activity Website (if applicable): Johnson Flight Academy Website
How to Apply:

Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System.  Applicants will need to complete the application to include uploading the following documents in PDF format to the supplemental tab of their eServices application.  All staff must apply via eServices, or they will not receive credit for the activity in their records. For staff applicants, you will be contacted to let you know whether or not you have not been selected. Applications will be accepted from 1 December onward.  To be considered for priority placement status, the completed application including supplemental documents must be submitted by 15 January.  Applications submitted after 15 January are accepted but are marked "late" and will be considered AFTER all applications submitted before the deadline. Priority timelines do not apply to staff applications. 

**New in 2019, go to the eServices CadetInvest Module to apply for Cadet Lift and the Take-Off Program (TOP) in addition to our flight scholarships. These programs are designed to offset costs associated with attending some NCSAs, as well as flight academies. They include payment of your activity fees and transportation to and from the activity. Go to for more details.  Deadline to apply for scholarships and programs is also January 15th.

Participants: No additional application instructions specific to participants 

Staff: No additional application instructions specific to staff

Reservists: Use Sharepoint site to apply if you are CAP-USAFR. If activity is not listed on Sharepoint under National Activities, then days have not been allocated for it. Contact Cadet Programs Reserve Support Liaison at, if you would like to attend on CAT E status.  Support for this activity is a liaison mission rather than oversight.

Eligibility Requirements:


1)Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
2)Minimum Age by activity start date:
   Balloon & Glider: 14
   Powered and G1000: 16 
3)Start application for Student Pilot Certificate--Getting a Student Pilot Certificate is a multi-step process which typically takes 6-8 weeks.  Student pilot certificates issued after April 1, 2016 do not expire. If you currently hold a certificate which will expire before 31 Aug 2019, you need to get a new one issued. There is no charge to create an account and begin the certificate application process. Go to to create an account and begin application. Go to for help on creating account and applying for a student pilot certificate. If selected to attend, you will have to provide copy of your student pilot certificate to activity staff by the 31 March initial deposit date.
4)To be eligible to solo in powered aircraft, you must hold a valid Third Class Medical Certificate (for a list of Aviation Medical Examiners--AMEs--in your area, go to
5)Hold a government issued photo identification card (driver's license or photo identification card issued by your state or federal government - not a school ID card)
6)If you are slotted for the activity, you will need provide proof of citizenship.  Please follow this link for information regarding why you must bring ORIGINAL birth certificate or UNEXPIRED VALID US passport to the academy.  If you are not a US citizen, please contact the activity director when you are slotted for the information to provide in order to participate.Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application.

Senior Members:

Graduation Requirements: 

Complete 80% of the activity requirements 
Actively participate in 80% of the contact hours and not dismissed early for behavior
Activity Director determines course objectives met


Dates: Session 1 - 14-22 June 2019, G1000 Familiarization or Powered Flight Training in C-172. G1000 requires previous attendance at a flight academy.

           Session 2 - 21-29 June 2019 Powered or Glider (Select either one, can't do both at same time)

           Session 2 - 18-29 June 2019  Balloon Training

Location: Coles County Airport, Mattoon, IL

Activity Staff will provide transportation to and from University of Illinois Willard Airport, IL"CMI"
Required Staff Training: 14 June for Session 1 and 21 June for Session 2

Activity Goal:

Do you want to take the first step in becoming a pilot?  This is a step in the right direction. Aspiring pilots receive formal ground instruction and cockpit time with a certified flight instructor. Participants in powered flight academies receive 10 hours of “hands on” flight time learning the basics of flying a powered aircraft (Cessna 172), 25 hours of ground instruction, and the opportunity to fly as an observer when other cadets receive instruction. The learning environment is specially designed for cadets, and the low instructor to student ratio provides opportunities for mentoring and individual attention. Many cadets participating in a NFA even solo at the academy! 

This Illinois Wing activity has been the premier cadet aviation academy at Mattoon, IL, since its inception in 1967.  The academy is named after its founder and long-time commander who is still an active member in the Arizona Wing.

Activity Director, Major Robert Bowden, stated, “JFA draws cadets from across the country. It is a unique activity because it brings together cadets all with a love of flying. Only at JFA can you receive hands-on flight training in powered aircraft, gliders or hot air balloons.  Many cadets attend for three years to attend all three programs.”

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