CAP Soars Again
On Thursday, April 3rd, Squadron 805 of the South Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol departed for Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL for this year's Sun 'N' Fun Aviation Exposition.
Four Senior Members accompanied six cadets: James Maitland, Zijun Zhou, Solomon Cantrell, Nathaniel Vande Garde, William Ramsbey and Stephano Betti.
Where to begin describing such an event is a difficult task if it weren't for the plethora of aircraft. Among the many airborne and static display aircraft were represented Ultra Lights, Light Sport, Homebuilts, factory made singles and twins, corporate aircraft, a C-54 from the Berlin Airlift, a USAirways jet, bi-planes of every stripe and color, one large display of WWII Warbirds, and an airshow by one of the newest and most capable US fighters, the F-22 Raptor. The airborne portion of the show was topped off by the US Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels exhibiting wing-tip to wing-tip precision formation flying in their blue and gold F/A-18 fighters.
As if that wasn't enough, there were many ground displays by vendors from every manufacturing sector in general aviation. Our cadets had the opportunity to fly the Redbird Simulator, which is cutting edge general aviation simulation. The founder and owner, Jerry Gregoire, was on-sight to explain the newest trends as well as display his C-172 rebuild with a diesel engine. An excellent brief was provided on Fuel Ecology and the future of 100LL Avgas (aviation gas).
We encourage all of our cadets to join AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) by offering them a free six month membership which includes "Flight Training" magazine. AOPA is a great resource for anyone seeking to learn more about general aviation, especially those seeking a pilot's license.
On that note, we look forward to Cadet Orientation Flights beginning April 25th when CMA will host a CAP Cessna 172 for one week.
Our cadets are eligible for five powered and five glider flights prior to their 18th birthday. These flights bring to life lessons learned during Aerospace Education lessons which are given every other Tuesday during our weekly meeting.
Suffice it to say, a good time was had by all!