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Civil Air Patrol Cadets Take to the Sky at VAY Airport

posted Feb 16, 2019, 9:28 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Feb 16, 2019, 9:38 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb. 9, 2019) – Cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron recently took to the sky in their first round of orientation flights on a cold but perfect day for flying.

Pilot Rich Laurer from the Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron met all five cadets at South Jersey Regional Airport (VAY) first thing

Saturday morning. Cadets took off with Capt. Laurie in a 182 Cessna and flew to nearby airports. Each flight lasted about one hour.

Cadets under age 18 in the Civil Air Patrol are given five orientation flights in a powered plane along with five glider flights. Each flight focuses on a specific aspect of aviation, and there is a learning syllabus for each flight.

Before, during, and after the flight cadets get a hands-on approach to learning about how airplanes function, the preflight inspection and safety practices. Cadets handled the flight controls, under the pilot’s supervision, during the non-critical phases of flight (not during take-off or landing).

Cadets participating in their first orientation flight were:

C/Amn Jonathan Bautista

C/Amn Nicholas Gunderson

C/A1C Jessica Hoschek

C/Amn Rebecca Slaight

C/SSgt Jacob Irwin, participating in his third flight, practiced advanced flying techniques such as turning stalls, slow flight and climbing turns.

The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 57,000 members nationwide. The Civil Air Patrol performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

For more information on the McGuire Composite Squadron, please visit our Facebook page or attend a squadron meeting at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst.