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The Bexar County Senior Squadron hosts CAP Cadet Glider Orientation Flights each month at Boerne Stage Airport.  These flights are performed using assets that belong to the San Antonio Soaring Society inc - their Grob103 glider and their tow plane.  After a year of performing these flights each month, we've worked out a pretty smooth system to fly the Cadets.  And this page describes that system.

The Cadets are scheduled to arrive at Boerne Stage Airport (5C1) at 08:30 on the Saturday of the flights.  This time provides our Glider Pilots sufficient time to provide a short Safety Briefing on the airport, danger areas, and where the Cadets/Senior Members/Parents/Family/Friends can or cannot safely wander, before starting the flights about 09:00.

After the Safety Briefing, the Cadets (along with anyone else interested) are introduced to the glider.  This briefing will include accessing the glider, safety belts, flight controls, what the flight controls do, how the Cadets can fly the aircraft, controls to never touch, and the flight instruments.  And finally, there will be a short description of the flight itself, when the Cadet can safely fly the glider (if they desire to do so), and when the Orientation Pilot must be in control.

While the Cadets are introduced to the glider, another Tx424 member will collect the Cadet's CAP ID cards.  That member will load the Cadets into sorties in the CAP on-line sortie tracking system - WMIRS.  Once loaded, those sorties must be released in WMIRS, and we can usually do that at the same time - authorizing the flights.

That member will also sort the Cadets based on weight, lightest to heaviest.  This is to allow the glider pilots to bolt in the additional ballast weights at the beginning of the day's orientation flights and then gradually remove them as the heavier Cadets come up to fly.

As soon as the sorties are in WMIRS & released, and the briefings are done - we start flying the Cadets.  The initial flight will start with the first Cadet in the glider, and the second Cadet learning to hook up the tow-line and run the glider's wing.  The next flight will fly the second Cadet, and the third hooking up the tow-line and running the wing.  We'll progress through the Cadets until the last flight, when the last Cadet will fly and the first Cadet will run the wing.

Each flight will last about 20 to 35 minutes, depending on the amount of rising air (lift) that morning.  Since our agreement with the soaring club specifies we complete our Cadet Flights by 12:00 - starting at 9:00 with about 30 minutes per flight allows us to fly six Cadets each morning. 

After the Cadet flights are done, if there is any Senior Members/Family/Friends who want a glider flight - our pilots are glad to accommodate (as long as the glider's schedule permits).  Of course, CAP won't pay for these - so the individuals flying are responsible for paying for the flights (talk to the pilots about the procedures).  Current costs (summer 2014) is $39 for a pattern altitude flight, and about $68 for a high-tow flight like the Cadet get.

Our Glider Pilots will will usually attempt to shoot photographs on the ground, and sometimes even video of the Glider Flight.  But that's not guaranteed - as they stay pretty busy with fitting Cadets to the glider, getting flights launched, flying, and monitoring the safety of Cadets and visitors.  But if they can get pictures or video - we are glad to provide copies to the Squadron and Cadet.  The easiest way to provide these copies is to upload the photos to a server and video to YouTube - but only AFTER obtaining permission from the Cadet's parents.

As we wrap up the last flight, we may ask the Cadet for assistance pushing the glider back up the mild slope to the glider shed.  We will also attempt to get any "First Flight Certificates" completed for any first-time flyers, and distribute them to the Cadets.  And that's it.  Pictures are encouraged during this time with the Glider Orientation Pilots and the glider itself.  We aim to make this a memorable event for the Cadets, and something to intrigue other Cadets until they have a similar opportunity.

For any questions or suggestions about the information on this page - please Contact Maj Chuck Tetlow, Operations Officer for the Bexar County Senior Squadron This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 210-380-7604.