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Youth Aviation Initiative

The CadetInvest Module is now closed for Cadet Lift, Take-off Cadet, and Cadet Wings Programs.  Check back in the fall for the next opening.  
Future periods for application will be announced on the CadetInvest Homepage

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 and the 30 April final payment deadline, in case the approval process takes you past the deadline. Cadet Wings notifications go out in batches depending on the pool of applicant's credentials.  In all cases, those selected and those not selected will receive notification. 

Take-Off Program - TOP Cadet

Merit-based program supporting cadets at week-long powered and glider flight academies, possibly leading at a solo flight

Must meet basic eligibility requirements found on the Application Procedures page.

 


Lift Program

Need-based program supporting cadets at week-long career explorations (NCSAs)

Must meet basic eligibility requirements found on the Application Procedures page.

 


Cadet Wings Program

Merit-based program for cadets pursuing a private pilot certificate; ultra-competitive... new diamond of cadet life

Be sure to read the Cadet Wings Student Guide for program details.

Must meet basic eligibility requirements found on the Application Procedures page.

Ideal Applicants would have or should be working on the following:

  1. Aircraft Ground Handling--Currency of Ground Handling in eServices (within past 2 years) 

  2. Student Pilot Certificate--Current FAA Student Pilot Certificate 

  3. FAA Medical Certificate--At least a 3rd Class FAA Medical Certificate (if applicable, not needed for glider).

  4. Solo Endorsement--If you are pursuing a Single Engine Land (SEL) rating, needs to be a powered aircraft solo endorsement.

  5. FAA Airman Knowledge Test a/k/a written test-- Passing score, if you are a Young Eagle you may be eligible for reimbursement of your written test.

  6. Exhibiting the potential for continued CAP services as a Cadet Leader.

 

 

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