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Cadet (Not Staff) End of Activity Survey 2019 --All cadet participants not on staff, please take this survey to help us improve support for activities.

Staff End of Activity Survey 2019 --All staff--seniors members, cadets, and military members--please take our survey to help improve quality of our activities.

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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.

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-NCR 229 230 NFA-North Central Regional Powered Flight Academy
Contact for Activity:  @ NFAP.PT.NCR.CAP
Activity Website (if applicable):
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. 

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:

Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
Age 16 by activity start date
Hold a valid Student Pilot Certificate (Those issued after April 1, 2016 do not expire. may take up to 6 weeks to complete all steps of this application.  There is no charge to create an account and begin the process. Go to to create an account and begin application. Got to for help on creating account and applying for a student pilot certificate.)
To be eligible to solo, you must hold a valid Third Class Medical Certificate (for instructions on getting FAA medical and a list of Aviation Medical Examiners--AMEs--in your area, go to
Possess a pilot logbook (all endorsements to fly are placed in this log) 
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) 
Please follow the following 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 you need to participate.

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


Activity Staff will provide transportation to and from TBD
Required Staff Training: TBD

Activity Goal:

Do you want to take the first step in becoming a pilot? 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 (typically a 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! 

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