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Enrolled cadets can use this page for information about the Cadet Wings program.

Program Contacts & YAI Panel Members
Zululog
Progress Monitoring Calls
ForeFlight Account Information
Reimbursable Expenses
Finance Tracking
Requesting More Funding - Commercial Flight School
Requesting More Funding - CAP CFI & CAP Airplane
Timeline Extension Requests

Checkride Prep
Checkride Day
After Your Checkride

 

Program Contacts & YAI Panel Members

The table below contains contact information for each of the Cadet Aviation Team members. Members of the Youth Aviation Initiative (YAI) Panel are CAP volunteers who are leaders in the aviation industry and dedicate their time to mentor cadets throughout their training. You'll work with the program contacts & your YAI Panel Member for the duration of your time in Cadet Wings. You can learn more about the YAI Panel here.


Kathrine Schmidt
Program Manager, Cadet Wings and Flight
cadetwings@capnhq.gov
334-953-9141


Jacob McIntosh
Program Assistant, Cadet Wings
cadetwings@capnhq.gov
334-625-1267


Col Michael Cook
YAI Coordinator
cadetwings@capnhq.gov
904-233-5102

Col Christopher Peterson
Youth Aviation Initiative Panel Chair
cpeterson@capnhq.gov

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Lt Col Mark Bailey
YAI Panel Member
mbailey@cap.gov

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Maj Brad Berger
YAI Panel Member
bberger@cap.gov

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Capt Edward Chimel
YAI Panel Member
echmiel@cap.gov

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Capt Sara Fishbein
YAI Panel Member
####@cap.gov

Lt Col Robin Kim
YAI Panel Member
rkim@cap.gov

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Lt Col Al Van Lengen
YAI Panel Member
avanlengen@cap.gov

 

 

Zululog

The Cadet Aviation Team uses Zululog daily to track your progression in the program. As discussed in your Launch Meeting, this must be kept up to date. Failure to do so can result in being placed on Cadet Wings Probation or being removed from the program. You can find instructions on how to use Zululog here.

 

Progress Monitoring Calls

Cadets need to provide last date flown, total flight hours to date, any issues, and how your training is going. Cadets, make sure Zululog is up to date. You will receive an email invitation when you need to start attending Progress Monitoring Calls. Accept the invitation to have the meeting save to your calendar. As discussed in your launch call, you are expected to be at every meeting. In the rare instance where you miss one, email your YAI Panel Member and cadetwings@capnhq.gov your update. After you pass your checkride, plan on attending 1 more Progress Monitoring Call to share your good news!

Call Date & Time

YAI Panel Member

Link

Every other Monday, 8:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM CT, 6:00 PM MT, 5:00 PM PT

Lt Col Al Van Lengen

Click here to join the meeting

Every other Monday, 9:00 PM ET, 8:00 PM CT, 7:00 PM MT, 6:00 PM PT

Maj Brad Berger

Click here to join the meeting

Every other Tuesday, 7:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM CT, 5:00 PM MT, 4:00 PM PT

Lt Col Mark Bailey

Click here to join the meeting

Every other Tuesday, 9:00 PM ET, 8:00 PM CT, 7:00 PM MT, 6:00 PM PT

Capt Edward Chimel

Click here to join the meeting

Every other Wednesday, 8:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM CT, 6:00 PM MT, 5:00 PM PT

Lt Col Robin Kim

Click here to join the meeting

Every other Wednesday, 9:00 PM ET, 8:00 PM CT, 7:00 PM MT, 6:00 PM PT

Capt Sara Fishbein

Click here to join the meeting

 

ForeFlight Account Information

As a Cadet Wings program participant, you are eligible to receive a free ForeFlight account through CAP. ForeFlight is an electronic flight bag that aids pilots in flight planning. To request your account, follow the steps on this page and include that you are enrolled in Cadet Wings. ForeFlight Mobile is for iPhone or iPad only. Talk to your flight instructor to learn about using ForeFlight, or other electronic flight bags, before flying with one.

 

Reimbursable Expenses

Cadet Wings can cover some costs beyond just your aircraft rental and flight instructor. Check the table below for some common items that we can or cannot reimburse you for. If there is something you need for flight training that is not included below, email cadetwings@capnhq.gov to check.

Item Allowable?
Renters' Insurance YES - check with your flight school to see what they require you to carry. We cannot make recommendations for any company.
Paper Materials (Sectional Charts, FAR/AIM, AF/D, etc) YES
Aircraft Books (POH, Cessna Course) MAYBE - email cadetwings@capnhq.gov to check
iPad for ForeFlight NO
Headsets (purchase or rental) NO
Flight Computers, E6Bs, or Plotters

NO

ForeFlight NO - see ForeFlight Account Information above

 

Finance Tracking

Cadets are responsible for monitoring their finances while enrolled in Cadet Wings. Exceeding your contracted amount without first requesting more funding may mean you and your family is financially responsible for any overages. The Cadet Wings Finance Tracking Tool can be used to help keep track of how much money has been spent so far, and document that the invoice has been sent to the Cadet Wings team. This can also be shared with your flight school.

 

Requesting More Funding - Commercial Flight School

Sometimes, cadets need extra funding to finish their flight training. Always keep track of how much money on your contract is left! You can do this by subtracting the total amount on each invoice from your total contracted funds. You'll also be copied on payments made to your flight school, these emails contain the date of the last invoice paid as well as the remaining funds on your contract. We may not always be able to add additional funding. Requests for additional funds are approved on a case-by-case basis.

Before you run out of funds, ask someone from your flight school to email cadetwings@capnhq.gov the following:

  • Additional hours requested (cost per hour, quantity, and total cost)

  • A short description of why the increase is needed - weather, maintenance, or proficiency are all common.

Our program rules will not allow us to add funding beyond your 6th month or 60th hour in the program, whichever comes first. Hours flown before program enrollment (the date of your Go Fly! email) do not count towards the 60 hours.

If your balance reaches $0, we cannot add additional funds! Communicate with your flight school to ensure requests are made at least a week in advance - adding funding can take several business days.

An example of a great funding request is below:

 

 

Requesting More Funding - CAP CFI & CAP Airplane

You and your CAP CFI should keep track of how much is left on your mission number. WMIRS sometimes overestimates how much each sortie will cost, and if too many future sorties are planned at once, it thinks you are out of money and stops letting you enter flights.

Your remaining balance is in the top left corner of the mission page, under the Amount Remaining in Budget heading. As it nears $0, have your CFI email cadetwings@capnhq.gov requesting additional funding. This usually takes us 1-2 business days to have added. We may not always be able to add additional funding. Requests for additional funds are approved on a case-by-case basis.

Our program rules will not allow us to add funding beyond your 6th month or 60th hour in the program, whichever comes first. Hours flown before program enrollment (the date of your Go Fly! email) do not count towards the 60 hours.

 

Timeline Extension Requests

Cadets have 6 months from the date of their enrollment (when you receive your Go Fly! email) to complete their checkride. Occasionally, more time is needed. Requests for an extension beyond 6 months must be made in writing to cadetwings@capnhq.gov and your YAI Panel Member. It is helpful if you have a checkride scheduled, or a clear plan for your remaining steps and when you will finish. The Cadet Aviation Team will then evaluate your extension request. Extensions of 1-2 weeks are easier to approve than those of 3 weeks or more.

 

Checkride Prep

Review your logbook! Double and triple check that you have all of the hours and flights that you need. Since every flight is entered into Zululog, both should match. The minimum flight experience for an Airplane Single-Engine Land, Glider, and Balloon ratings are outlined in 14 CFR § 61.109 Aeronautical Experience. Be able to easily show specific experience to your examiner, like your long solo cross country and night cross country.

Talk to your CFI about the aircraft logs - where are they? You will need to prove to your examiner - commonly a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) or occasionally a FAA Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) - that the airplane is airworthy.

Know WHERE to find answers. Your examiner isn't going to expect you to know every tidbit of information about flying - but they will expect you to know how to find an answer in a reasonable amount of time. Many cadets will put tabs in their FAR/AIM and POH to quickly flip to different sections.

The FAA uses the Airman Certification Standards, or ACS, to clearly identify what applicants must know, consider, and do to pass the knowledge & practical test for an airman certificate. It is highly recommended that you read the Private Pilot - Airplane ACS prior to taking your checkride. For example, have you ever wondered why your instructor tells you to land on the centerline? Not only is it for safety and to make you a better pilot, it's also a standard you are expected to perform on checkride day (PA.IV.B.S10). The most current ACS can be found on the FAA's website. For cadets pursing a Private Pilot Certificate in a Glider or Balloon, the FAA uses the Practical Test Standards, or PTS. The PTS for Gliders and Balloons (Lighter-Than-Air) can be found on the FAA's website.

Cadet Leila Hamza, Cadet Wings Graduate #305, put together an ACS study guide and has graciously shared it for Cadet Wings participants to use. You can access it here.

Plan to be well-rested the night before your checkride. If you have a squadron meeting on a Thursday night and your checkride is Friday at 8am, you should miss the squadron meeting. Your local leadership will understand.

 

Checkride Day

Most DPEs want to be paid in cash or by card (or Venmo, Cashapp, etc.) the day of the checkride. You will need to pay them out of pocket, get a receipt, and submit for reimbursement. The reimbursement policy is below. If you do not get a receipt we cannot reimburse you for the cost of the checkride. If you or your family does not have the means to pay the DPE and wait for reimbursement, contact cadetwings@capnhq.gov at least 2 weeks before your checkride so we can work on an alternative payment method. Occasionally, your flight school will pay the DPE themselves and charge the cost to your contract with CAP.

If you intend on flying a CAP airplane as a Private Pilot, you can bring the appropriate CAPF 70-5 (aka Form 5) and have the examiner fill out the applicable sections. Coordinate with your YAI Panel Mentor and Wing Stan/Eval officer, or a local pilot in your unit, for help on this process. An FAA checkride will cover most, but not all, elements of a CAP Form 5.

Make sure to get a picture after you pass! Most cadets will take a photo with either their CFI or their examiner in front of the airplane. We prefer photos of cadets in uniform, but it is not required. If you do choose to wear a uniform, make sure to wear it correctly!

Send in your photo and receipt to cadetwings@capnhq.gov and let us know that you passed! We assign graduate numbers based on the order than we are notified you passed your checkride - meaning a cadet passing their checkride on Monday but waiting to tell us until Friday will have a later graduate number than a cadet who passed their checkride and told us on Wednesday.

Not everyone passes on their first attempt, or the plane breaks, or the weather is below your personal minimums, and you need to come back for a 2nd day to finish your checkride. And that's no big deal! In these cases, you'll get either a Letter of Discontinuance (the checkride couldn't be continued for some reason like weather) or a Notice of Disapproval (you failed a portion of the checkride). Scan this and send it in to cadetwings@capnhq.gov as well as the receipt from your examiner.

 

After Your Checkride

Once we are notified that you have passed your checkride, you'll get an email from the Cadet Aviation Team with a graduation certificate, your graduate number, and some more information about onboarding as a CAP pilot and the benefits that Cadet Wings Graduates are eligible to receive. We love hearing from our graduates as you advance in your career and earn further ratings - please share them with us!

You'll be asked to come to one last Progress Monitoring Call to share with your group that you passed your checkride and talk about how it went - what surprised you? What did you learn? Sometimes, another cadet in your group will use the same examiner for their checkride and you can share some specifics with them about what to expect.

As a graduate you are an ambassador of the program! Help us advance cadet flying in CAP by sharing information about Cadet Wings to cadets in your unit, at wing conferences, and more!

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