CAP Glider Program

Introduction

The primary purpose of the Civil Air Patrol Glider Program is to give as many cadets as possible the opportunity to experience soaring through orientation flights and glider flight training. A secondary purpose is to make the gliders available to senior members, when the cadets are not using them, to provide opportunity for senior member orientation rides, initial flight training, and glider rating add-on as well. The goals of the program are to reach as many CAP Cadets as possible with the opportunity to participate in the glider program, both orientation flights and flight training, maintain a strong and effective ground and air safety program, promote current, proficient and professional airmanship, and maintain a high level of custodial care and maintenance.

The North Georgia Wing Glider Program operates out of the Jackson County Airport [KJCA] in Jefferson, GA.  Generally, soaring operations are conducted most weekends on both on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Operations start at 8:00AM and finish in the afternoon, but these times are not fixed, so please check with the NGGO (North Georgia Glider Operations) Flight Coordinator for current times. The North Georgia Glider Team is made up of motivated members from several different squadrons who make safety, learning, and fun the hallmarks of the program. 

Launching a glider is much more hands on than launching a powered airplane. For this reason, all members that are going to participate must have completed the following PRIOR TO SCHEDULING:

  1. Aircraft Ground Handling – Moving, launching, and positioning the glider is a very hands on activity since it can’t move on its own power.
  2. Wing Runner Course – This is presented at the SoaringSafety.org website, however when you reach the final exam, click on the “CAP Members” link and it will take you to eServices for the test.

There are many considerations that go into a successful and safe day of glider operations, especially involving people who have never worked such operations before.  See “Glider Pre-Flight Briefing” for a list of pre-brief items, which should be reviewed thoroughly before arriving at the field.

Cadet Orientation Flights

As in powered airplanes, CAP cadets under 18 years old each receive up to 5 glider orientation flights.  These flights directly support the CAP mission of Aerospace Education and are funded by the USAF, thus are completely free to the cadet.  CAP qualified Glider Orientation Pilots conduct these flights pursuant to CAP Pamphlet 52-7 which ensures upon the completion of the 5 flights that each cadet will understand basic principles of soaring, airmanship, and glider safety.

To ensure that each cadet's fun meter remains pegged throughout the day, it is requested that each squadron limit the number of cadets they bring for orientation rides if they will be staying for an entire day.  Experience has shown that 3 cadets per half day per operational glider is optimal.  While it may seem counter-intuitive to limit the number of cadets exposed to soaring, a fewer number of cadets on site ensures each cadet spends more of the time in the air and less time waiting around for their flight. 

To schedule your Cadet Orientation Flight, please email the NGGO Flight Coordinator at nggo@gawg.cap.gov
Note:  Only the Commander and Deputy Cadet Commanders (or their designated appointee) can schedule Cadet Orientation Flights, if you are a cadet or parent, tell your commander you want to fly and have them schedule the flights.  

Senior Member Orientation Flights

Senior Members also have the opportunity to take orientation flights in a glider.  For the certificated airplane pilot and non-pilot alike, experiencing flight in an unpowered aircraft is like nothing else. These flights are member funded and, depending on the height of the tow, generally cost around $40-$50.  To schedule senior member orientation flights for your unit please email the NGGO Flight Coordinator at nggo@gawg.cap.gov

Glider Flight Training

Cadets and senior members alike are afforded the opportunity to conduct flight training in a CAP glider.  Unlike in CAP powered aircraft, senior members can train toward a first pilots license or any advanced rating without the requirement of already having a private (powered airplane) pilots license. Cadets can also work toward attaining a first pilots license or any advanced rating in a glider, just like in a powered airplane.  Flight training is done by an FAA CFI-G (Certificated Flight Instructor - Glider) to FAA standards and, upon successful completion of flight training, will result a check-ride with an FAA DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) and the award of an FAA Glider Pilots License.  It is our policy that any cadet that wishes to participate in flight training must first have attended a glider encampment.

All flight training is member funded by the member undergoing the training.  The cost structure of the CAP glider program is very reasonable and is one of the best benefits of membership in the Civil Air Patrol.  Members are charged on a per flight basis based on the actual cost of each sortie.  Both the tow plane and the glider have an operational cost associated with them that is passed on to the member. As with all CAP flight instruction, the instructor, as well as tow pilots, are donating their valuable time and receive no compensation other than the joy of participating.

To schedule your glider flight training, please email the NGGO Flight Coordinator at nggo@gawg.cap.gov.

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