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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-SWR 235 236 NFA-Southwest Region Powered Flight Academy

Cadet Requirements:
Age 16 by activity start date
Must have encampment credit when you apply

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. Many cadets participating in a NFA even solo at the academy! 

The learning environment is specially designed for cadets, and the low instructor to student ratio (normally one instructor for two students) provides opportunities for mentoring and individual attention.

Participants in powered flight academies receive 10 hours of “hands on” flight time learning the basics of flying a powered aircraft (Cessna 172) and then switch over and fly as an observer when their student partner receives instruction.  In addition they will receive approximately 25 hours of ground instruction.

We recommend you have a FAA Type 3 Medical Certificate completed prior to attending a powered flight academy.

Activity location: Shawnee Regional Airport & St. Gregory's University, Shawnee, OK. 

If flying commercially, your arrival airport is to be Oklahoma City (OKC).  CFA staff will be making van runs to pick students up at set times and a central pickup point and bringing them to Shawnee.  It is about a 40 minute van ride to Shawnee from OKC.

Welcome letter, and academic material will be posted after cadet participants are selected.

How do I find a doctor to get a Student pilot certificate?

Please follow the following link for information regarding why you must bring ORIGINAL birth certificate or UNEXPIRED VALID US passport.

If you are not a US citizen, please contact me ASAP and we will get you the information you need to participate @ CFAP-SWR.

FACEBOOK PAGE: / South West Region Powered Flight Academy.


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