TULLAHOMA, Tenn. -
Imagine soaring like a bird through the summer skies over Tennessee. That’s how twenty Civil Air Patrol cadets spent part of their summer vacation.
CAP’s Southeast Region hosted the National Flight Academy-Gliders during the week of July 8 through July 14, 2018. The academy is a special activity held each summer in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Twenty cadets from across the nation attended the aerospace education event. The aviation camp is a week of intensive glider-pilot training that prepare the youth for solo flight. The activity includes both a knowledge-based ground school and practice sessions in the glider with an instructor. Traditional CAP cadet activities are included in the camp.
“They kept those tow-planes and gliders moving, launching almost 330 sorties during the week,” said Col. Barry Melton, Commander, CAP Southeast Region.
Of the twenty, five cadets completed the training to qualify for solo flight, another ten completed the pre-solo flight. “This is a 75% success rate with no safety incidents or damage to resources. I very much appreciate the effort of the volunteer professionals -- many from SER-- who made this event so successful,” said Melton.
Southeast Region cadet, 1st Lt Aaron Loya, from the Bartow-Etowah Composite Squadron in Georgia Wing was voted “2018 Top Cadet” by the flight academy staff. (Contributing author: Lt Col Judy Steele, Southeast Region Public Affairs)