Civil Air Patrol

Wittman Regional Airport hosts cadets from across the country for flight training

Photo by Major Dave Vriezen - Flight instructor, Senior Member Pat Masse, from Green Bay, Wis., reviews the aircraft preflight inspection list with Cadet Khaleel Brown from Sunrise, Florida.

Photo by Major Dave Vriezen – Flight instructor, Senior Member Pat Masse, from Green Bay, Wis., reviews the aircraft preflight inspection list with Cadet Khaleel Brown from Sunrise, Florida.

Oshkosh, Wis. – The 2013 National Flight Academy, Civil Air Patrol, was held at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh with 21 student pilots from around the country descending at the CAP buildings to begin nine days of flight training.  Students use CAP’s fleet of Cessna 172s which were flown in from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Lieutenant Colonel Marcia Cunningham, Wisconsin Wing chief of staff – mission support and director of the academy for the past 13 years, said that 10 flight instructors from Florida, Iowa, New Jersey and Wisconsin donate their time and expertise to these enthusiastic cadets. 

Cadets from as far as California and Florida participate in the annual national activity. This year five cadets from Wisconsin, including one cadet from nearby Fox Cities Composite Squadron in Appleton, joined the other students.

The cadets are given 30 hours of ground instruction and 10 hours of dual flight instruction, all of which help them toward obtaining their private pilot licenses.

As of Friday evening, eleven cadets pre-soloed while ten soloed.  Cunningham is hoping that the weather holds out long enough during the day in order for more cadets to solo before the event ends with a banquet Sunday evening.

The National Flight Academy is only one of many special activities occurring all over the state and nation this summer.  A summer encampment will be held later this month at Volk Field, Camp Douglas, Wis., where cadets will learn leadership and problem solving techniques.  Other national activities include pararescue training, cadet officer’s school and an international cadet exchange program.

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