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Orientation Flights

Powered and Glider Orientation Flights for Cadets

Soaring through the air is many a young person’s dream and through the Cadet Orientation Flight (O-Flight) program of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) many of Upper Montgomery’s cadets have taken to the air. 

The CAP O-Flight program gives cadets an introduction to the exciting world of aviation through hands-on flying experiences in single engine air craft and gliders. Cadets are entitled to 5 powered and 5 glider flights to see if aviation is an avenue they wish to pursue in their future.  With a few exceptions, the powered flights are taken in a CAP-owned single engine Cessna aircraft. The CAP pilots are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration and must meet additional requirements set by CAP.

The Robert Ayers Solo Flight School, another aviation program through CAP, was established to reward dedicated CAP Cadets with the necessary tools to get started towards their aviation education. This "Solo School" gives CAP cadets the opportunity to advance their O-Flight experience to the next level, by learning the skills required to take their first solo flight.   


“I always knew I wanted to fly - as a cadet I had the chance to see if it was a dream or if it was to be my future.” - Melissa Weinhold, Cadet 1st Lt. CAP graduate and recipient of the Robert Ayers Scholarship from the Solo School program

“One of the main reasons my boys joined CAP was because they wanted the opportunity to learn to fly an airplane, and they were not disappointed after their first O-Flight. The instructor was awesome and knowledgeable. He made them feel at ease. They had great fun controlling the aircraft and couldn't stop talking about the incredible views from above.  It was a great learning experience!”  - Kalle Diarra, mother of two Civil Air Patrol cadets

Starting from the flight experiences gained through the CAP aviation programs, many cadets have advanced to become America’s aviation leaders. Join us on the adventure - come visit us! 

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