Civil Air Patrol

Aerospace Education Weekend adds cutting edge experiences

Oshkosh, Wis. – More than 75 CAP members, representing 12 different units from around the state, recently converged on the CAP National Education and Training Center located at Wittman Field in Oshkosh for a weekend of exploring the science and engineering behind aerospace as well as experiencing aviation first-hand. The annual weekend has been held for more than 20 years.

Cadets conducted experiments with paper airplanes, model rockets, hot air balloons, and more. These experiments and training helped members learn about the science and engineering that goes into flight and space travel. Cadets also had the opportunity to fly by participating in Air Force funded orientation flights. Nine cadets received their first orientation flight, and overall 23 cadets had the chance to fly.

Cadets also had the opportunity to try out new challenges this year including constructing remote control aircraft and flying a drone. During the weekend cadets put together an Ares Decathlon 350 remote-controlled aircraft and had the chance to fly two different unmanned aerial vehicles. Members also had the opportunity experiment with a wind tunnel allowing cadets to see first-hand what effects aircraft flight.

Participants dined on food prepared by a CAP kitchen crew from the Waukesha Composite Squadron. The weekend’s project team included Lieutenant Colonel Julie Sorenson, Lieutenant Colonel Connie King, Captain Ben Unger, Chief Master Sergeant Mark Gajewski, Cadet Second Lieutenant Ethan O’Rourke, Cadet Second Lieutenant Lauren Vassios, and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Victoria Albright.

Additional recognition goes to Captain John Bruwer for sharing his vast remote-controlled aircraft experience, and to Cadet Staff Sergeant Cody Bliss,  Cadet Technical Sergeant Austin Ast, and Cadet Master Sergeant Joe Fiducci for instructing cadets in model rocketry.

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