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 on: Today at 04:20:35 AM 
Started by Stonewall - Last post by CAPDepCom
Our meetings are in the airport terminal building with great views of the runway right outside the windows. So its very public. If we see a visitor walk in, someone will jump up and give them the tour and answer questions. :)

That's great planning and exposure.  Kudos.

 12 
 on: Today at 03:22:58 AM 
Started by Razerex - Last post by Eclipse
It's so interesting the contrast and motivations of CAP cadets.

Some can't get into an airplane fast enough or ever enough, will burn dinos in any way or place they
can - 99's, EAA, Academies, etc., etc., and others can't be bothered to even show up
for their 5 powered rides when they have a plane and a pilot at their home squadron
and O-Rides are run during meetings.

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 on: Today at 03:18:35 AM 
Started by Razerex - Last post by Stonewall
The minimum age for national flight academy (glider track or balloon track) is 14.

A truly aviation-obsessed cadet will do as many O-flights as he has the opportunity to do, and use a flight simulator (his own or one at his squadron) every chance he gets, and will attend basic encampment in time to register for the first NFA-glider or Nfa-Balloon after he turns 14. I understand there are also a few NFA glider advanced track, where a 15 or 16 year old can solo a glider.

National flight academy (power track) has a minimum age of 16. A cadet attending NFA-power who wants to maximize his chance of soloing will already have attended one or two NFA-Glider or NFA-balloon before heading to NFA-power.

I instructed at an NFA powered track in Virginia a couple years ago, and a student who was assigned to me was the first one st the academy to solo. The reason it took him less than 7 hours to do it? He had attended NFA-glider the previous summer, and Afterwards he immediately joined a local glider club near his home, and kept soaring every weekend well into the fall, getting to solo a glider by the end of the year. There I see no better preparation for learning to fly a Cessna than learning to fly a glider first!

I love this information, thank you. My son joined CAP on his 12th birthday (August), so he has to wait 3 summers before he can attend NFA glider/balloon. He won't turn 14 until the end of 2021, so until then he plans to max out O-flights, and anything else he can do. He attends a Winter Encampment in 2 weeks, and then will attend summer encampment as support staff. He has hit the ground running, but is bummed due to some of the age restrictions and where his birthday is...the end of summer. Sorry, bud, can't change your birthday, but you're 12 and have already done O-Flights, NCO Academy, a couple of bivouacs, and about to go to encampment.

Looking forward to NFA for him.

 14 
 on: Today at 03:02:41 AM 
Started by Stonewall - Last post by etodd

Agreed, but prospects should really not just be randomly wandering into meetings, either.
It's disruptive at a minimum.


Our meetings are in the airport terminal building with great views of the runway right outside the windows. So its very public. If we see a visitor walk in, someone will jump up and give them the tour and answer questions. :)

 15 
 on: Today at 03:01:28 AM 
Started by Razerex - Last post by Razerex
Thank you for the info.

It looks like to get a Student Certificate (required for NFA power track), one must be 16, however, the Mary Feik scholarship (I understand it's female only) has a minimum age of 15.  How does that work if you can't even get a Student Certificate until 16? I understand it says, "This scholarship can be used for flight training at a local FBO, training on CAP aircraft with a CAP instructor, or at a flight academy." Does that mean if the cadet were to do flight school with CAP CFI, she wouldn't need the Student Certificate? Would you recommend at least getting started with ground school now, before being old enough for NFA power, and slowly chip away at the requirements, (while attending glider track)?

I've also read here that NFA power is a good bang for the buck as it covers ground school and flight hours, etc so would getting a head start before NFA be "not the best idea?" Would a cadet be better off waiting till NFA to get started, or better off getting at least ground school out of the way?

Being completely new to aviation, I'm not even sure where to start, minimum ages, etc.

 16 
 on: Today at 02:58:54 AM 
Started by Kayll'b - Last post by Kayll'b
almost as nice... ;D hey, do you guys have an encampment???

We had one this past summer. No one has heard anything on next year's yet.
Hmm that's strange, hope they do cause I was thinking about going.

 17 
 on: Today at 02:40:18 AM 
Started by Kayll'b - Last post by I_Am_Twigs
almost as nice... ;D hey, do you guys have an encampment???

We had one this past summer. No one has heard anything on next year's yet.

 18 
 on: Today at 02:31:52 AM 
Started by Stonewall - Last post by Eclipse
Iíve visited units where their meetings arenít posted and I have to go through different contacts to figure it out, let alone know what to wear. Thatís a real pain. Imagine a non-member who doesnít know what or to whom they should ask.

Agreed, but prospects should really not just be randomly wandering into meetings, either.
It's disruptive at a minimum.

Prospects should be making contact in advance with the CC or designate, who can do the
"Round 1 sussin" and then give the details where to go.

(This assumes the meeting isn't in a public ore semi-public area like an FBO.)

 19 
 on: Today at 01:55:53 AM 
Started by Kayll'b - Last post by Kayll'b
almost as nice... ;D hey, do you guys have an encampment???

 20 
 on: Today at 01:41:48 AM 
Started by Stonewall - Last post by TheSkyHornet
Security-wise, I think youíre being general because of where you meet on post. Maybe just state the base but not the building number. Include a statement that visitors require advanced notice for base access.

From a CAP standpoint, thereís really no OPSEC concern in regard to talking about where a CAP meeting meets (on non-military property). The more information you can provide to new facesóspeaking in the most clear, concise, laymenís terms possibleóthe better. If itís complicated or difficult to find/understand, itís a turn off.

Iíve visited units where their meetings arenít posted and I have to go through different contacts to figure it out, let alone know what to wear. Thatís a real pain. Imagine a non-member who doesnít know what or to whom they should ask.

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