|2Lt Van Henson, Cadet O'Neil, Capt Lutz Heinrich, |
Cadet Mittal, Cadet Estrada
In their CAP career, cadets are entitled to 5 power and 5 glider orientation rides (“O-rides”). Many of them are interested in aviation. Some have been up in a Cessna, but an O-ride is usually their first experience with a glider.
|Ground school before the O-rides|
- Syllabus 1 (corresponding to flight 1) – ground work, preflight, takeoff, climb out, release, very basic controls, approach, landing
- Syllabus 2 – trim, clearing, straight and turning glides, load factor
- Later flights – stalls, slips, coordination, instruments, and soaring
Recently, one cadet joined the Northern California Soaring Association (NCSA) after his O-ride and began taking flight lessons - one of the strongest endorsements of the glider program.
|Getting ready to head to the glider, 2Lt Eric Choate;|
Cadets Estrada, Mittal and O'Neil; and 2Lt Van Henson
|Setting up to be towed|
Since many CAP Wings do not own any gliders, there is a somewhat long-standing agreement between the Soaring Society of America (SSA) and CAP. In areas where there is not a CAP-owned corporate glider, CAP uses SSA member clubs to provide the orientation. In our case, NCSA is the nearest SSA club with CAP pilot members, and we are grateful for their generous support of the O-ride program.
|Lt Col Juan Tinnirello ferried glider and cadets to the runway.|
- Flight Release Officers (FROs) Maj Chris Johnson and Capt Kathy Johnson
- 2Lt Eric Choate, who flew 445CP to pick up Cadets O’Neil, Estrada, and Mittal from Reid-Hillview and flew them to Byron
- Lt Col Juan Tinnirello, who towed the glider to the runway and ferried the cadets (and senior members) between the glider club house and the runway
- 2Lt Van Henson, who took the cadets for their glider O-rides
- Capt Lutz Heinrich, who helped with ground operations
|Cadet Mittal is ready to fly!|
|Cadet Estrada at the controls|
|And they're off...|