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AEROSPACE EDUCATION

The aerospace industry is interesting and dynamic! Civil Air Patrol's aerospace education program provides CAP members and the general community with information about aviation and space activities. There are two specific programs, one aimed for CAP members and one for the general public, including teachers and school administrators.Dayton Airshow

The internal aerospace education program is designed for members to follow a defined plan of participation and progression. It provides members with a general knowledge of aerospace issues and their impact on our society. Updates on current events and news coverage of aerospace events are relayed to members during meetings and events. Activities of the internal aerospace education program may also include guest lecturers that are specialists in a particular area of the aerospace field, visits to aerospace installations, participation in applied aerospace science activities, and practical experience with aircraft and gliders.

CAP cadets must pass a test on Aerospace for most achievements and promotions of grade. Many CAP squadrons and provide other experiences, such as model rocketry and aerospace competitions. As part of CAP's Emergency Services program, members can train and be assigned to aircrews on emergency services missions. These aircrews consist of a rated "Mission Pilot", and two "Scanners" or "Observers". While the pilot concentrates on flight operations, the other aircrew members scan for the target of the mission, assist with navigation and communication, and operate electronic direction finding equipment.

As part of Civil Air Patrol's external aerospace education effort, CAP supports over 200 workshops for teachers at 150 colleges and universities around the country each year. These aerospace conferences provide continuing education units and prepare teachers to bring aerospace-related subjects to their NetJets Tourclassrooms. Like Squadron 282, across the country many CAP squadrons provide volunteer members to support aerospace curriculum and bring real life demonstrations to the classroom. These demonstrations may include lessons on flight physics and aerodynamics, weather, or rocketry. Aerospace education for the general public is provided through exhibits and demonstration and cooperative programs with local organizations and businesses, all of which are conducted as a public service. The volunteer members of the Civil Air Patrol are always looking for new and innovative ways to educate people on the importance of aerospace innovation and discovery. Along with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Civil Air Patrol cosponsors the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) which is designed to promote an understanding of aviation and space education throughout the nation.

Perhaps the most exciting aerospace opportunity for cadets is the orientation flight program. A series of five powered orientation flights are provided to all cadets by a qualified, experienced CAP pilot. These flights are completely free of charge! During these orientation flights, the pilot explains the basics of flight to the cadet during a flight lasting approximately an hour. During each flight, a second cadet is encouraged to ride in the back seat. All flights observed in the back seat do not count towards the cadet's five allotted flights. Each orientation flight is progressive, allowing the cadet to experience more and more hands-on time under careful supervision. Cadets are also provided with five glider flights, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. For many cadets, the orientation flight program provides the motivation to go learn more about aviation. For those cadets interested in becoming a pilot, CAP offers a powered flight school for cadets age 16 and over, which provides ground instruction and 10 hours of dual instruction in a Cessna 172. For cadets over 14, a glider school is available.

 

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