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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 event course numbers table to verify you are selecting the correct activity in the eServices application "Preferences" tab.  Activities will appear alphabetically in the event preferences list and include the course # listed in this table.  Download the searchable list of all event preference names and numbers from the "Helpful Links" section of the National Cadet Special Activities homepage which is linked here.

eServices Short Name

Cadet Participant
Course #    

Staff and Cadet Staff Participant
Course #   

Activity Full Name

NFA-TX Shirley Martin



NFA-TX Wing Shirley Martin Cadet Powered Flight Academy

DATES AS OF Aug 2017

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

Do you want to take the first step in obtaining your private pilot pilot certificate? This activity completes the first third of private pilot training. 

Aspiring pilots receive both air and  ground instruction from a certified FAA  flight instructor. Many cadets participating in a NFA even solo at the academy! 

The learning environment is specially designed for cadets, with low instructor to student ratio provides opportunities for mentoring and individual attention.

Participants in powered flight academies receive up to 10 hours of “hands on” flight time learning the basics of flying a Cessna 172, with  25 hours of ground instruction, and the opportunity to fly as an observe, to shorten the learning curve  when other cadets receive instruction.

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

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 the activity director when you are slotted for the information you need to participate.

More information is available at

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