C/SMSgt Katherine Weinhold, C/SMSgt Ethan Cortes, C/Amn Kyle Markley
Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing
Mount Airy Cadets participate in glider orientation flights
By Sherrie Weinhold, 1st Lt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer, Mount Airy Composite Squadron
8/17/2013 – Churchville, MD – Three Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Mount Airy Composite Squadron had the opportunity to use the O-FLIGHT PROGRAM MOTTO: Safe, Fun, and Educational in their first glider flight. Safety came from the instruction of Senior Member Brian Collins, Maryland Wings glider operations officer. The fun was through the excitement and dedication of the Atlantic soaring Club. The education came before, during and after the orientation flights.
Before the flights cadets are briefed on how to prepare and inspect the glider for safe flight. During their time in the air the cadets learned how to bank, dive and recover to level. After the flights the cadets are instructed for landing procedures and help in taking the glider back to the tow plane.
As part of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, all cadets are given the opportunity to participate in orientation flights. Cadets are eligible for a total of ten flights, five in a powered aircraft and five in a glider.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Nearly 1,700 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 29 search and rescue missions and were credited with 13 finds saving 3 lives. Maryland Wing flew over 160 missions for the state of Maryland for a total of 2,222 hours flown. Volunteers contributed service estimated at 4.2 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org.