Four Gorge Youth take first flights with CAP

Cadets Victoria Ervin and Kalvin Young perform a pre-flight inspection with Capt. Daniel Bradley.

Cadets Victoria Ervin and Kalvin Young perform a pre-flight inspection with Capt. Daniel Bradley.

Hood River, Ore.— Four cadets with the Gorge Flight completed their first of five Orientation Flights as members of the Civil Air Patrol.  

Saturday morning, a CAP Cessna 182 took off from Ken Jernstedt Airfield with Capt. Daniel Bradley in command, Senior Airman Victoria Ervin, 17, in the copilot seat, and Airman 1st Class Kalvin Young, 14, in the back seat. Ervin took the controls for much of the one-hour flight to Madras. During a brief stop, Young moved to the front seat and then assisted on the return flight.

“I got to do a stall,” said Ervin, “and when Kalvin was flying we got to practice zero-G.”

In the afternoon, as the wind picked up, Senior Airman Zachary Revier, 14, took the front seat for the second flight to Madras, and Airman 1st Class Charlie Bickford, 16, took the controls on the way home.

“Taking hold of the controls was so exhilarating!” said Revier. “I can’t wait to do it again!”

Each CAP cadet is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single engine Cessna) and five flights in a glider aircraft. The Civil Air Patrol Oregon Wing owns 8 single-engine aircraft, which are used for search and rescue, emergencies services, and orientation flights for cadets throughout the state.  Orientation pilots like Capt. Bradley have extensive training with CAP to teach the fundamentals of flight in a truly hands-on learning environment.

An Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, 7-9 p.m. at Tac Aero. “Whether they’re interested in a career in science, a future in the military, are just fascinated by aviation, CAP is a great place for youth to gain skills, learn leadership, a have a good time,” said flight commander, Maj. David King. “We hope to see many future leaders and their parents on July 10that the airport.”

CAP’s Gorge Flight started in October 2017 and is one of 13 local units in Oregon. Cadets focus on leadership, character develompent, aerospace education and physical training at their weekly meetings, Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. at the Hood Tech Aero hanger at 3650 Airport Drive. Additional orientation flights will be scheduled in July and August.

For more information about the local Gorge flight, visit GorgeCAP.org or contact the public affairs officer, 2nd Lt. Mo Revier at 541-399-2704 or m.revier@orwg.cap.gov

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information. 

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