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Cadets Relate their First Orientation Flight!

posted Oct 7, 2014, 1:55 PM by lana mark   [ updated Oct 7, 2014, 1:58 PM ]
SPR 01-10-14

391st Dallas Composite Squadron

Group III Texas Wing
Civil Air Patrol

Dallas- The cadet orientation flight program shares with cadets the thrill of flying. Every Civil Air Patrol cadet under age 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft at no cost and an unlimited number of backseat flights when conditions allow. Each flight has a theme. Flights focus on basic maneuvers, aircraft instruments, weather, etc. A detailed syllabus guides the pilot. The O-Flight Program Motto:  Safe, Fun, Educational.
Dallas Composite Squadron cadets E. McLaughlin and S. McGreer describe their first flight.

“Flying for the first time was really amazing. It wasn't like commercial flights, because you could see the ground thousands of feet below and you could feel the cold air. Learning about avionics and how everything works made the experience better, and I wish I could have stayed up in the air longer.” C/Amn E. McLaughlin


“I had an amazing experience flying up in that airplane, and the view from that perspective is beautiful. I had a blast learning about all the controls on the airplane and learning that to move the airplane only requires very slight movements. Lt. Giacomino did a great job teaching me how the air plane works and how to fly it. I am very grateful and happy for having this opportunity and I look forward to advancing my education more in this area.”  C/Amn S. McGreer


And a word from their pilot, Lt. Giacomino,

“I had the privilege of flying orientation rides for Cadets McLaughlin and McGreer early on a Saturday morning.  The weather was terrific for some scenic flying, with low scattered clouds around the Metroplex.  Navigating around the clouds to get to Mesquite involved a few detours and altitude changes, but we were able to get views of cloudscapes from an entirely different perspective.  Cadet McLaughlin was first to fly, and this flight was the first on her syllabus.  I was impressed with her control of the airplane and aeronautical knowledge.  Her time on Flight Simulator has paid off!  After switching seats in Mesquite, Cadet McGreer flew us home, north over Lake Ray Hubbard and close to downtown Dallas.  Overall, he did a great job of maintaining a stable altitude and I could tell he was becoming quite comfortable with flying the airplane.  I look forward to flying with both cadets again soon.”