Don’t miss this! We have again been able to arrange glider orientation flights for squadron cadets. Glider flights will occur on Sunday, 07 SEPT. We will tentatively leave HQ at 0500 hours and return around 1900 hours. Cost is $10 and bring money for food for lunch and dinner.
Each cadet will receive at least two glider orientation flights, depending on weather. Glider flights are complex to schedule, so take advantage of them while we have them! Priority will be given to cadets who have not had a glider orientation flight before and then by age.
Deadline for signing up is 30 AUGUST at 2100 hours, so do it now! Only SIX slots are available due to the availability of gliders.
Sign up on the Google Doc here
Download the permission slip and return by 06 SEPT:
Here is an FAQ regarding glider flying:
1. Are these flights safe? Yes. These flights are flown by licensed glider pilots who are also authorized CAP glider orientation pilots. Just as our powered flight orientation pilots must meet a higher standard of proficiency, so must CAP glider orientation pilots. Also the cadets will be flying in CAP gliders which are owned, operated, and maintained by Civil Air Patrol and were provided to CAP by the Air Force Academy.
2. Why do you have to travel to Illinois? To fly gliders you must have special infrastructure available. To get gliders in the air you need either a ground-based launching device (rare) or a tow-plane (more common). It makes more sense to cluster the gliders where a tow plane exists, such as Illinois, than it does to spread them around where there is a lack of glider pilots and tow planes. The facility we are going to in Illinois is operated by the Soaring Society of America and specializes in glider flying.
3. What’s the big deal about glider flights? Cadets are authorized to receive up to five glider orientation flights, but getting coordination with glider assets is no small challenge. Glider flying is a very different experience than powered flight.
4. What’s the difference between gliders and regular aircraft? The biggest difference is that gliders lack a powerplant (engine). This means glider aircraft are much lighter and more maneuverable than a powered aircraft. It also means that they must use special strategies to gain lift and stay aloft longer since the pilot cannot just “give it more power” to stay aloft. Gliders also have the ability to stay aloft longer under no power. A typical Cessna powered aircraft has a glide ratio of 9:1 or 10:1 (for every mile up, the plane can go 9 miles forward before running out of altitude). An average glider has a ratio of around 50:1.