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2023 AKWG Flight Academies (Glider and Powered(Distributed))

(updated 21 Oct 22)

SEE ATTACHED MEMO PDF FOR APPLICATIONS

2023 AKWG Flight Academies (Glider and Powered(Distributed))

 

 

ALASKA WING

United States Air Force Auxiliary

Bldg 16322, 37th St
Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506-3915

20 October 2022

MEMORANDUM FOR ALL AKWG PERSONNEL
FROM: AKWG/CC
SUBJECT: 2023 AKWG Cadet Powered & Glider Flight Academy Guidance
1. Alaska Wing will conduct a separate “Distributed” (selected locations across the state)
Powered Flight Academy from 1 March through 15 May 2023, and a separate, traditional
(centralized, in-person) Glider Flight Academy 26 May through 4 June 2023 at Clear SFS for
eligible cadets.
2. The 2023 AKWG Powered Flight Academy will be a wing-level activity this year. The
AKWG’s Powered Flight Academy’s purpose is to improve the flying skills of attendees with
approximately 10 hours of dual instruction in a CAP C-172. Solo should not be assumed as
such factors as individual skills, weather, and aircraft maintenance issues may come into play.
The fee for this event is $1450 per cadet which must be paid within 30 days from the date of
selection via check or credit card (details to follow upon selection). This activity, to the extent
practical, will be conducted at the local level based on the availability of instructors and aircraft.
Selection for this activity will be accomplished via filling out the cadet application found at
attachment 1. Application for this activity is open now through 31 December 2022. Candidates
should fill out the application found at attachment 1 completely, then have their parent/guardian
review and sign the form, then have either their Unit Commander or their Deputy Commander
for Cadets review and sign the form. The completed application should be scanned and
forwarded to the 2023 AKWG Powered Flight Academy Activity Director Maj Ben Padgett,
907-887-1745, 265885@akwg.cap.gov) NLT 2000 hours Saturday, 31 December 2022. To be
eligible, cadets must be 16 years old and have attended a CAP encampment and attained at least
their Wright Brothers Achievement before 1 March 2023. All students will need to provide a
copy of either their US passport or their birth certificate to prove their US citizenship in
accordance with TSA directives. Students who wish to solo will need to have their IACRA
paperwork completed online with a CFI to obtain a Student Pilot Certificate (this process can
take more than a month to complete). Additionally, they will require at least a Third-Class
Medical Certificate from a FAA-approved aviation medical examiner. The uniform for this
event is the USAF-style Flight Suit and these will be issued for the event, as required.
3. The 2023 AKWG Glider Flight Academy will be a wing-level activity this year. Advanced
and Pre-Solo cadets will have a goal of 30 flights with a CAP CFI-G in a corporate glider.
While solo is possible, it should not be assumed as such factors as weather, individual skill, and

aircraft maintenance may come into play. The fee for this event is $1355 per Advanced/Pre-
Solo cadet which must be paid within 30 days from the date of selection via check or credit card

(details to follow upon selection). Personnel will report to Clear SFS on the afternoon of
Friday, 26 May, 2023. Selection for this activity will be accomplished via filling out the cadet
application found at attachment 2. Application for this activity is open now through 31
December 2022. Applicants should fill out the application found at attachment 2 completely,
then have their parent/guardian review and sign the form, then have either their Unit
Commander or their Deputy Commander for Cadets review and sign the form. The completed
application should be scanned and forwarded to Lt Col Brian Porter, 341570@akwg.cap.gov
NLT 2000 hours Saturday, 31 December 2022. There will be 10 Advanced/Pre-Solo slots for

this activity. Advanced Students are those who have completed their initial solo and are
working towards their FAA Privat Pilot Glider certification. Pre-Solo students are students who
meet the FAA eligibility requirements to solo a glider. We will also accept up to 6 cadets who
have not completed their glider orientation flights. Although Orientation Flight Students will
only receive their (up to) 5 AF-funded Orientation Flights at this academy, they will receive all
other training and materials that the advanced/pre-solo cadets receive. These Orientation Flight
cadets will be charged $400 to cover transportation, food and other materials, which must be
paid within 30 days from the date of selection via check or credit card (details to follow upon
selection). Selection for the Glider Academy Orientation Flight Cadets will be via attached
application just the same as Advanced and Pre-Solo students. To apply in any category, cadets
must be at least 13 years of age and must provide a copy of either their US passport or birth
certificate to prove their US citizenship in accordance with TSA directives. Students who wish
to solo will need their online IACRA Student Pilot certificate application completed by 1 May,
2023. Any squadron sending a cadet to this academy is expected to provide a SM for the staff.
This SM need not be an instructor, but should have a CAP Driver’s License.
4. Fundraising will be an integral part of our flight activities this year. Students who are
selected will be expected to assist in fundraising efforts to help defray expenses. Although
there are no guarantees, if fundraising efforts are successful, the cost per cadet will be lowered.
Cadet applicants should accomplish the following:

a. CAP “Cadet Invest” programs (must apply no later than 31 December 2022):

https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/cadetinvest
An explanatory webinar on the Cadet Invest “constellation” of financial support is available:
https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/cadetblog/cadet-webinars
b. Contact your squadron commander regarding local scholarships.

5. CAP activity and State of Alaska travel guidance may vary widely in the next 7 months. As
of this date, a participant must be able to be returned home from the activity or picked up by a
parent/guardian within 24 hours if showing any symptoms of COVID-19. Senior Members
wishing to travel from other states to instruct or support operations must comply with CAP and
State of Alaska health restrictions.
6. COVID-19 contingency planning may require both the Powered and Glider components to
be accomplished separately under Civil Air Patrol COVID-19 Remobilization Phase 2 guidance
as “day-only” events. As planned and executed in 2020, this option would entail a Northern
Glider Flight Academy under the direction of Maj Ute Kaden, 907-750-3399,
ute.kaden@gmail.com and a South-Central Glider Flight Academy directed by Lt Col Tom
Palmer, 271791@akwg.cap.gov. Expect the decision to utilize the “day-only” event option to
be made on/about 8 April 2022, and all slotted cadets and senior members will be contacted by
their respective Activity Directors with further guidance.

KEVIN A. McCLURE, Colonel, CAP
Commander
Attachment 1: 2023 AKWG Powered Flight Academy Application
Attachment 2: 2023 AKWG Glider Flight Academy Application

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