How would you like to fly in an airplane? Or better yet, how would you like to get some practical hands on experience while flying, and even get to take over the controls? While flying a Civil Air Patrol Cadet Orientation Flight, cadets get to do just that. The primary goal of Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Orientation Flight Program is to introduce youth to aviation through hands-on orientation flights in single engine aircraft and gliders. Every Civil Air Patrol cadet under age 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single-engine Cessna), five flights in a glider aircraft, and an unlimited number of backseat flights when conditions allow. In addition, all orientation flights are at no cost to cadets.
The Sugar Valley Composite Squadron, located at Sugar Valley Airport in Farmington, offers cadets the opportunity to fly in an aircraft every month. Recently, Capt Sandra Smith flew six cadets for orientation flights in a single-engine Cessna. "Though there are hours of preparation to make an orientation flight possible, it is a real thrill for me as a pilot to bring the joy and wonder of flight to our cadets!" Five of the cadets who flew with Capt. Smith were new recruits to the squadron. For four of these cadets, it was their first time in a small airplane. One cadet commented: "You see the world totally different in the air as opposed to in a car!"
During their orientation flights, the cadets received one hour of flying time, plus time in the back seat, with a detailed syllabus of tasks for each cadet’s level of experience. Cadets also participated in the preflight of the aircraft. In addition, cadets that were waiting for their turn to fly were given the opportunity to fly a simulator.
The Sugar Valley Composite Squadron meets weekly at 249 Gilbert Rd, Mocksville, NC 27028 on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
This article, by C/1st Lt. Christopher Herman, first appeared in Davie Co Enterprise on 3/30/2017.
This is a list of past events (starting 2017) to offer the viewer a broad spectrum of programs offered here:
~ 5/2 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted a special edition of the Speaker Series. Lt Brian Mobley and Senior Member Charmane Shuping, members of the Sugar Valley Composite Squadron, joined forces to inspire and inform cadets and seniors on physical fitness and much more. The “more” aspect is the mental training and attitude as it connects with setting and achieving goals.
Lt Brian Mobley, in his pursuit of excellence, has developed the ability to visualize performing physical feats successfully to accomplish goals. Lt Mobley has had life experiences, some in dire situations, that have required calling forth his training, faith, and inner strength. A little-known fact about Brian, the squadron Safety Officer, is that he is also a Highland Games athlete and an event record holder.
Senior member Charmane Shuping’s life passion has been to help others. With kindness and a gentle approach she serves through physical therapy and training. Her greatest joy is to see people break through personal barriers and limitations. Shuping has taken a lead in motivating the cadets in our squadron to reach higher goals in their physical training, which is a part of the cadet program. The cadets are stepping up and displaying increased positive mental attitude and emotional toughness as they perform their physical training here-- challenging themselves and inspiring each other. Both Mobley and Shuping have what it takes to bring that message and “more” home.
~ 4/25 Open House of the Sugar Valley Composite Squadron.
~ 4/1 Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted NC WING event "NCWG Aerospace Education Day".
This AE event featured:
~3/7 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted Charles Willard of The Blimp Works in Statesville, who presented on “All About Blimps”.
~ 2/7 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted 1st Lt. Jack O'Connor of the Winston-Salem CAP Squadron for the monthly Speaker Series program. He talked about the importance of airborne photography in Civil Air Patrol.
Speaker's bio: 1st Lt O'Connor has been a CAP member since 2013. He earned his private pilot's certificate in 2012. Serving with the NCO82 Composite Squadron in Winston-Salem, Jack is the Professional Development Officer (PDO) with a Master rating in PD. He is also an Assistant Information Technology Officer. He is qualified as Mission Scanner(MS), Mission Observer(MO), and Aerial Photographer(AP). He has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and Masters degrees in Human Relations and Management. Jack retired after 40 years working in Information Technology, most of that time in various management roles.
Jack is an active life-long learner and enjoys helping others learn as well. Jack proactively trains new CAP senior members in all three disciplines in which he is qualified - Scanner, Observer, and Photographer. He has led (or co-taught) four Aerial Photography weekend classes for CAP in his 4 years of service. Thirty-five senior members have attended these AP classes and more than half have gone on to become qualified as Aerial Photographers. Many have gone on to serve in CAP's real AP missions, taking photos after hurricanes and flooding.
When asked why he joined (and stays) with CAP, he says: "I like to learn, teach, fly, and take pictures. CAP provides all of these in a supportive and fun environment".
~ 1/31 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron 2017 Winter Awards Banquet. NC WING Commander, Col Jason Bailey was the keynote speaker.
~ 1/21 FAA Safety Team WINGS program "Too Cold for Comfort- Preparing for Winter Operations". Click here for more information.
~ 1/14 Civil Air Patrol Cadet Orientation Flights
~ 1/3 CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted John Knall to begin the 2017 Speaker Series with the topic “The Difference between Seeing and Observing: Insights from Two Remarkable Men.” He also shared about the “Fly North Carolina Program.”
John served in the US Navy as a propulsion engineer. Now retired, he is a private pilot, member of EAA chapter 1083 and AOPA.
This year, SVA has yet another good reason to celebrate!
Sandra Smith, our very own ground school instructor, passed her checkride on 12/14/16. So now she is officially a Commercial Pilot! An achievement built on persistent, consistent hard work.
In her own humble words, Sandra says "that anything one of us achieves is actually the product of input, energy, feedback, and constructive thoughts of others. So although it may seem that an individual accomplishes something, the achievement is a structure created with the building blocks offered by others". While, we believe it to be true, we also acknowledge her own strength of character and all of the dedicated effort put forth.
Congratulations, Sandra, and thank you for your inspiring example!
Pilots, students and visitors were treated to two workshops on 1/19/13 at Sugar Valley Airport. The FAA Safety Team in partnership with the NC Department of Transportation Aviation Division presented a full-morning workshop, "Pilot Preventative Maintenance," an opportunity for pilots to get hands-on experience with tasks such as oil and spark plug changes. Dave Allison, Billy Carter and Bernie Gerstemeier instructed this four-hour program, which offered FAAST WINGS credit. See some video highlights.
The Kitty Hawk Chapter of The Ninety-Nines sponsored an excellent program led by John "Otter" Moreau, who kept his audience spellbound as he shared information about how to survive after an accident: aircraft, car, hiking or otherwise. His presentation covered first aid, finding shelter, obtaining food and water, communication for rescue, and how to be prepared for emergencies.
Sugar Valley is grateful to provide a venue for excellent programs such as these that support the aviation community and beyond.
On 11/10/2012, Sugar Valley Airport hosted the event titled, “The Spirit of Aviation: Outstanding Women and Today’s Opportunities.” More than 200 current and potential aviation enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the achievements of women in aviation, learn about career and educational opportunities for women in the field, as well as enjoy airplane rides.
Ideal weather greeted the crowd, which included many parents who brought their children. They heard keynote speeches and panelist comments from a dozen accomplished women aviators, including helicopter, fighter jet, and commercial pilots; aircraft designers and restorers; aviation executives and flight instructors; and the woman who successfully recreated the ill-fated, around-the-world last flight of Amelia Earhart 75 years ago.
The message delivered consistently by the speakers was to dream big and not allow one’s inhibitions or circumstances to intervene. The door to aviation is wide open to women today, they said, and it’s up to each individual to walk through.
“Dreams and determination are a powerful combination,” said Dena Miller, a commercial pilot and flight instructor from Greensboro. “Add creativity and you’re unstoppable.” Dr. Samantha A. Magill, a flight sciences engineer at Honda Aircraft, extolled the “power of the human spirit to overcome anything,” observing: “When you’re pushing your limit and you think your tank is empty, guess what? You have a little bit more.”
Featured speaker Bridgett “Atlas” Fitzsimmons, an Air Force captain and F-15E Strike Eagle pilot with 200 combat hours in Afghanistan, underscored that message. “You’ve got to know what you want and go get it,” she said. “I’ve always strived to do my best for the sake of the girls that came behind me.”
Featured speaker Linda Finch, a veteran pilot and airshow performer who in 1997 recreated Earhart’s flight, spoke of her idol’s use of flying to inspire others to dream and overcome obstacles to fulfill their desires. “Most of us don’t set our limits high enough,” she noted. “We are fearful of failure. But it’s through failure that we learn. That was Amelia’s message: to live large, full lives without limit and with integrity, passion, and courage.”
Jim Lauerman, guest speaker and educator at Sugar Valley's spring fly-in, offered the aviation community two valuable workshops: "Traits of Superior Pilots: An Insurance Perspective," and Top 10 Aviation Insurance Myths." Jim is well qualified to speak on safety topics, being the former CEO of Avemco Insurance Company, a 4000-hour pilot, former FBO owner and aircraft dealer, and a former corporate chief pilot. Sugar Valley and area aviators are thankful for Jim giving his time and sharing his expertise for the benefit of the pilot community.