Group 5 Cadets take to the Skies
By Capt. Madeline Kirsten, Commander, Student Leadership Academy Cadet Sqn. | Publish: 4/5/2018

Photo: Cadets Hilton and Domingo-Heart preform a preflight check with their pilot, Major Ware during cadet orientation flights at Punta Gorda Airport. (Photo credit: 1st Lt. Bouchane)

VENICE, Fla., --

Five cadets form the Student Leadership Academy of Venice experienced the thrill of aviation through Civil Air Patrol's cadet flight orientation program. The cadets flew a combined five hours in the specially equipped CAP Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft.

The cadets’ day began by helping the pilots pre-flight their aircraft; working with their pilots, they taxied their aircraft to the designated runway, gave it full throttle and took off, climbing to 3,000 feet. During the non-critical stages of the flight, it was the cadets who were handling the controls, “I was surprised how much I was instructed to use the controls and fly the plane, myself,” said Cadet Natalie Hays, who was taking her second orientation flight.

The Civil Air Patrol cadets participating in Saturday’s flights were; C/SrA Natalie Hays, C/Amn David Kline, C/Amn Isaiah Domingo-Heart, C/Amn Travis Hilton, and C/AB Allison Lovley. C/Amn Kline, who was working on his third powered flight, preforming advanced flight maneuvers, remarked how painless the flying experience was because of his highly knowledgeable pilot. “Lt. Pysher helped to make my stalls experience easy and straightforward.”

The pilots donating their time and expertise to instructing the orientation flights were; Major Jimmie Ware, 1st Lt. John Haynes and 1st Lt. Mark Pysher. 1st Lt. Andre Bouchane, the deputy commander from the Student Leadership Academy school squadron, was also present at the Punta Gorda Airport for the cadets’ orientation flights.

The Student Leadership Academy is a tuition free, public middle school open to any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student in the communities of Venice, South Sarasota, North Port and Englewood. Students enrolled at Student Leadership Academy may elect to become part of the Civil Air Patrol school squadron and begin their own journey into the skies. For more information, please visit the following websites, or

C/Amn Hilton, C/Amn Domingo-Heart, C/SrA Hays, and C/AB Lovley are pictured in front of their CAP pilots, Major Ware and 1st Lt. John Haynes. (Photo credit: 1st Lt. Bouchane)

C/Amn Kline prepares for powered orientation flight in the front seat of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft. (Photo credit: 1st Lt. Bouchane)

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