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Take-Off Program - TOP Cadet  

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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 requirement: 

  1. Be a current CAP Cadet in good standing.
  2. Apply via CadetInvest in eServices
  3. Apply for NCSA flight academy via Payment & registration System in eServices.

How to Apply: 

  1. Log on to eServices.
    • From the CAP Utilities on the left side, select "Cadet Programs," and then select the "CadetInvest" application
  2. Go through each of the five steps, making sure you complete everything. 
  3. Skip step 6, no Supplemental documents needed for Take-Off Program applicants.  Be sure to check upload requirements is also applying for any other programs or scholarships.
  4. Go to even step 7 and submit the application prior to the published deadline.

Video description of the Take-Off Program 



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 Aircraft Ground Handling in eServices (within past 2 years) 

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

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

  4. Solo Endorsement-- Solo endorsement does not need to be in the same type of aircraft to be considered an ideal candidate.

  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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