WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Three area cadets, including one from Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), experienced the thrill of aviation through orientation flights at Westchester County Airport on Sunday, Feb. 2
Each cadet had the opportunity to fly in the front seat of a single-engine Cessna 182 aircraft under the supervision of an experienced CAP pilot. The three-hour flight introduced cadets to the science that makes flight possible. They learned about navigation, weather, aircraft instruments, flight maneuvers, and more.
These orientation flights are one of many opportunities available to cadets to fly as part of Civil Air Patrol’s curriculum, with cadets being offered flights in powered aircraft, gliders and even military aircraft.
“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Cadet Airman Amanda Torres of New Rochelle said in a statement. “I’ve flown when I’ve traveled to many places for vacation, but nothing beats actually flying an aircraft.”
Civil Air Patrol is open to youth aged 12-18, and has volunteer opportunities for adults, pilots and non-pilots alike.
Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 meets on Friday evenings at the New Rochelle Marina.