Civil Air Patrol

Aerospace Education Weekend gets cadets up in the air

9-16-2015 154 Oshkosh, Wis. – A total of 69 CAP members representing 12 different squadrons recently converged on the CAP National Education and Training Center located at Wittman Field in Oshkosh for a weekend of STEM experiments and aviation experiences. The annual weekend, which has been held for more than 20 years consecutively, brings together cadets and seniors to experience aerospace first-hand.

Cadets conduct experiments with hot air balloons, paper airplanes, model rockets, and more. These experiments help cadets learn about the science and engineering that go into flight and space travel. Cadets also have the chance to to experience aviation first hand through orientation flights.

This year ten cadets received their first orientation flight with CAP. An orientation flight allows a cadet to experience flight in a CAP aircraft at no cost to the cadet. Flights typically last up to two hours. CAP cadets can receive five powered and five glider orientation flights during their cadet membership.

Cadets had a special experience this year when the Wisconsin Army National Guard provided military orientation flights aboard Blackhawk helicopters. Forty members, including cadets and adults, had the chance to ride aboard the Army’s primary transport helicopter. The flights were the highlight of the weekend.

During the weekend the members were fed by a dedicated kitchen and canteen staff including: Major Scott Schuman, Senior Member Debbie Schuman, Cadet Second Lieutenant Amanda Schuman, Lieutenant Colonel Carol Sims, and Major Sylvester Sims.

The project team included Lieutenant Colonel Julie Sorenson, Lieutenant Colonel Connie King, Captain Peter Bianco, Captain Kevin Grandke, Captain Ben Unger, and Chief Master Sergeant Mark Gajewski.

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