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CAP CADET GLIDER ORIENTATION FLIGHTS
PROCEDURES & PREREQUISITES

Bexar County Senior Squadron (Tx424) has partnered with a local glider soaring club - the San Antonio Soaring Society, inc.  This way - we have volunteers who are members of both organizations.  This was done so we could use  soaring club's assets (glider and tow-plane) to provide CAP Cadet Orientation Flights to CAP Cadets - introducing these young people to gliders and soaring. 

This makes Tx424 the ONLY Squadron in the Texas Wing with regularly scheduled Glider Orientation Flights.  We attempt to schedule two Saturdays each month for flights - the 1st Saturday and the 3rd Saturday of each month.  But sometimes, conflicts permit only one date per month.

This page provides information to the Cadet Squadron that they will need for their Cadet's flights.

PREREQUISITES:
The only prerequisites for the Cadets are
1) Be Safety Current,
2) Have their CAP ID card at the airport (don't necessarily have to carry it in the glider)
That's it, but they're not debatable.  Like all CAP flights, we use CAP's on-line sortie tracking system - WMIRS.  And we can't release the sorties in WMIRS without those prerequisites met.  Luckily, either can be met sitting down at a computer for just 15-20 minutes. 

ARRIVAL TIME:
Cadets need to arrive at Boerne Stage Airport (5C1) by 8:30 in the morning (unless we change the time due to forecasted bad weather).  This time gives us 30 minutes to provide a safety briefing, introduce the Cadets to the glider, and be ready to start launching by 09:00.  A start any later will not allow us to fly the scheduled six Cadets at 30 minutes each, and be done by the required 12:00.  In that case, either some Cadets will not fly - or we'll have to see if club members schedule behind us will relent and let us use their scheduled time.  Neither is a good option.

UNIFORM/CLOTHING:
Cadets can wear any uniform they like, but they're also authorized to wear PT type clothing.  That's because its hot in the glider once the canopy is closed.  The only restriction we'll put on clothing is NO boots or open-toed shoes!  They can jamb the rudder pedals up front - making it impossible for the pilot to land safely.  Recommendation - wear PT clothing.  Any CAP related shirt and either pants or shorts.

SQUADRON REQUIREMENT:
One requirement for your Squadron/unit - we need at least one Senior Member to attend with the Cadets.  There are many reasons for this - but mostly because the Cadets are accountable to your Senior Members, not us.  And we need assistance with crowd control on the ground, while we are busy installing Cadets into the glider and flying with them.  Family members are welcome to come along - all who want to come.  Which is another reason we need help controlling Cadets and guests on the ground.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
-- We recommend the Cadets bring a small camera with them, so they can take pictures both to remember the event and show other Cadets. 
-- Cadets should bring water or something to drink.  Its been very hot & humid at Boerne Stage and they'll need the hydration.
-- Wear a cap for protection from the sun.  Preferably a larger floppy-brimmed hat.  Especially useful when in the glider with the hot sun shinning through that big canopy.
-- We recommend the Cadets go on-line and complete the CAP/SSA "Wing-Runner" course found here:  http://www.soaringsafety.org/school/wingrunner/toc.htm.  This will give them a better idea of the events and operations when they fly.

FLIGHTS FOR OTHERS BESIDES THE CADETS:
One last thing to mention.  We frequently have family members (parents or siblings), or CAP Senior Members who express an interest in experiencing a glider fight themselves.  Our CAP members are very happy to accomodate these requests - if there is sufficient time.  I mention time, because we've been delayed a number of days by low clouds and have not have time to honor these additional requests. 

Of course - CAP won't pay for family or friends to take a flight, that would be the individual's responsibility.  And when we can accommodate those requests - our members are glad to give a ride at our Soaring Club Member rates, instead of the normal Commercial Flight costs.  All we ask for is reimbursement on those member rates that we have to pay.  Our costs for a pattern-level flight (5-15 minutes) is about $39.00 and a high-tow (25-30 minutes like the Cadets get) is $68.00.


If you have any questions about the CAP Glider Orientation Flight program through Tx424 and the San Antonio Soaring Society, the procedures, the schedule, or getting your Cadets flown - please contact Maj Chuck Tetlow 210-380-7604, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Maj Tetlow is currently handling most of the scheduling for Glider Orientation Flights, and can answer any questions.