Sayreville, NJ - Major William Pittenger, a resident of Readington, Commander of Group 223 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) announced the opening of new CAP Eagle Flight Glider Schools at Solberg, Hammonton, and Somerset Airports in New Jersey.
A new teenage cadet glider flight orientation program for central New Jersey units will commence at Solberg Airport in Readington, New Jersey on the weekend of November 13th and 14th starting at 9 am in the morning. It is expected that more than 50 CAP cadets and 15 senior officers will participate in the program at Solberg, the location of the annual lighter-than-air balloon festival.
CAP 1st Lt Margaret Doig, a resident of Princeton, won her glider solo wings at the 2010 NJ Eagle Flight Glider Encampment.
Previously only a limited number of CAP cadets were trained to fly in the New Jersey glider program. This year, for the first time, adult officers were given the opportunity to train, building a community of interest in the program. The six-month long New Jersey pilot-officer training program helped two CAP Certified Flight Instructors earn their Certified Glider Flight Instructor ratings along with their Commercial Glider Licenses. Several CAP members became qualified glider tow pilots.
Two CAP members earned their Glider Solo wings. Lt. Col. Ed Cassella, a resident of Columbia, will continue in the program to complete his Commercial Certified Flight Instructor Glider rating. 1st Lt. Margaret Doig, a resident of Princeton, will continue to train and earn her private pilot's glider rating.
CAP volunteer instructors include commercial glider instructor pilots and tow pilots from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Other CAP members supporting the glider program include officers who provide operational and logistic support. The glider program pilot standards required must meet or exceed Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. CAP glider flight instruction programs are currently offered in 37 states.
Aerial view from glider above Grimes Field, Bethel, PA
In July, ten-day Northeast Region Eagle Glider Flight Training Encampments are held at Grimes Field in Bethel, Pennsylvania. Cadets who complete this training program can get a supervised solo rating in gliders. Exceptional cadets go on to get a solo rating on their own. The New Jersey glider encampment is open to cadet technical sergeants and above, aged 14 to 17, who have completed a basic cadet encampment at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst.
The New Jersey Wing also offers a powered aircraft encampment for older cadets at Lakehurst, New Jersey known as the Falcon Flight Academy. CAP flight instructors teach cadets to fly the Cessna 172 aircraft during a week long training program. These cadets, with the support of CAP, generally go on to earn their private pilot's license.
A non-profit organization with more than 58,000 members nationwide, CAP officers play a leading role in fostering aerospace education and serve as mentors to over 28,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program. New Jersey CAP pilots are continuously poised to fly missions for the U.S. Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, Red Cross Disaster Operations, and the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management. CAP performs 95 percent of inland emergency air and ground search and rescue missions and last year was credited by the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center with saving over 100 lives.