Youth Aviation Initiative
Safe, Fun, Educational
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is America’s premiere opportunity for aviation-minded youth. Thanks to CAP adult volunteers, cadets learn about the fundamentals of aviation through classroom activities, self-study texts, orientation flights, and formal flight training. Keep reading to learn more about:
The cadet orientation flight program shares with cadets the thrill of flying. Every CAP cadet under the age of 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single-engine Cessna), five flights in a glider aircraft, and an unlimited number of backseat flights, when conditions allow. Orientation flights are always free to cadets. Survey data has repeatedly shown that the #1 reason youth become CAP cadets is an interest in flying.
Preparing for your flight. There are some pre-requisites for cadet orientation flights:
Complete the Aircraft Ground Handling Course.
Complete the Wing Runners Course. At the end of the course, please make sure to choose the CAP test when you click on the “Final Exam” link. You will need to take the test within your eServices account to get credit.
Review the Blanik Familiarization Course (specifically for gliders).
Have your parent complete and sign the CAPF 60-80, Civil Air Patrol Cadet Activity Permission Slip.
When available, take an Overwater Survival Course offered by your local squadron or Wing Headquarters.