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Orientation Flights

Flight Orientation Programs


Powered Flights

The goal of the cadet orientation flight program is to introduce youth to flying.

he Cadet Orientation Flight Program is designed to introduce our youth to
general aviation through hands-on orientation flights in single engine aircraft and gliders. The program is limited to current CAP cadets under 18 years of age. Squadron commanders should try to arrange orientation flights for new CAP cadets as soon as possible after the cadet joins CAP (national headquarters will report on those squadrons that have orientation flights of cadets flying within the first 90 days of joining CAP). The program is voluntary and primarily motivational and it should stimulate an interest in general aviation and aerospace activities. At no time will cadets sustain any costs associated with this program.


Glider Flights

The correct term is sailplane, but we will use the common term "glider" throughout this guide.

lider flight operations are relatively new to CAP´s Cadet Orientation Flight Program.  Because of its overwhelming initial success, the program provides for the reimbursement of up to five glider syllabus rides in addition to the usual reimbursement of five powered syllabus rides. Civil Air Patrol has recently expanded the number of corporate owned gliders to help accommodate this great interest in general aviation. Cadets may, at the glider orientation pilot´s discretion, operate the controls at any time after the orientation pilot has successfully demonstrated the procedures.



Civil Air Patrol offers cadets a well-organized, wholesome and safe environment to experience the fun of flying. The overarching objective with the highest priority is the safety of our members. During all of CAP´s cadet activities, parents across the Nation trust our organization with the care and protection of the most cherished treasure of their life - their child. This responsibility cannot be taken lightly. With just a little planning, preparation and vigilance, cadets can experience a safe, rewarding activity.

Everything we do involves risk. While risk cannot always be eliminated, it can be managed through a process known as Operational Risk Management or ORM. ORM is a logic-based, common sense approach to detect, assess and control risk. It is a decision-making tool that can be used in a split-second, or employed by a group in advance of an activity. Your Mother was doing Time-Critical ORM when she told you not to run with scissors in your hand. A better process to use in preparation for a cadet activity would be a Deliberate ORM. This process usually consists of a small group of people examining the proposed facilities and activities well ahead of the start date to identify hazards, assess the risks and decide on risk controls. These risk controls can then be included in the operational plan and become transparent to the activity participants. To learn more about this process and other safety topics, visit the National Headquarters Safety website at: http://www.capnhq.gov/nhq/do/dor/index.html.

Supervision is key to protecting our cadets. Most cadet injuries occur when they are unsupervised or during "horseplay." It is vitally important to ensure that a sufficient number of senior members are available to guide and assist cadets during all facets of an activity. Our responsibility to the cadets and their parents is a commitment we cannot compromise. The only way to keep cadets having fun is to keep them safe.

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