Cadet Sammie Walker, C/CMSgt Jeffery Sanderson and C/TSgt Wesley Phillips made their Cadet Orientation Ride in a Cessna-172 aircraft with Lt Col Gerrold Heikkinen as their pilot.

The primary goal of the Civil Air Patrol cadet orientation flight program is to share with Cadets the thrill of flying. However, that objective will be achieved only if safety is a priority.

The greatest burden for keeping everyone safe when flying falls to the pilot. Nervous Moms will tell you that safety is their first concern, and rightly so. By honoring the special trust that parents place in them, pilots can become better aviators. Nothing focuses the mind like having someone’s child in your cockpit.

Moreover, orientation flights are opportunities for cadets to become safety conscious. Pilots and Cadet Programs Officers should look for teachable moments where they can assist the cadets in their daily activities.

Each cadet expressed their appreciation for flying and look forward to their next flight.

If you are 12 years or older and interested in learning about your opportunities in the Civil Air Patrol contact Maj. Staten Corbett at 850 867-4414.