“We teach our cadets a History of Flight and Science of Flight, and these orientation flights culminate for us those lessons, said Lt. Col. Michael Hinsch USAF (retired), the Senior Airspace Instructor at Steele HS.
Most of the cadets have never flown a plane and it gives them exposure to flight. Cadets can also apply to AFJROTC Flight Academy and earn their private pilot’s license.
“This is often the first time these cadets have been in a small plane. We try to introduce the physics and math involved in flight and apply it in the air,” said Lt. Col Mike Duc, one of the five CAP pilots performing orientation flights for cadets.
Lt. Col Duc continues, “We fly and I show them everything we talk about on the ground in the air. Most of the cadets are surprised at how stable the plane is and how calm and serene it is at altitude. I also discuss the different careers available in the aviation field including pilot/engineer/mechanic, etc.”