Monday, April 25, 2016

The Civil Air Patrol has announced a program designed to expand opportunities to learn to fly for its young members.

National Advanced Flight Academy will provide private pilot scholarships valued at $16,000 to five CAP cadets in 2017. The scholarships will offer the opportunity to obtain a Class III Medical and student pilot certificate, and take the FAA private pilot knowledge course.

Applications must be submitted from December 1, 2016-January 15, 2017, via the CAP scholarship module on e-Services. Scholarships will be awarded on March 30, 2017, and the flight training will begin in June 2017. The training will last six to eight weeks and be held at selected residential aviation campuses.

The CAP hopes to create a consortium of residential flight school campuses and secure donors to provide additional scholarships. In addition to piloting, the residential campuses will expose cadets to a variety of aviation careers such as aircraft maintenance and airport management, as well as ways to achieve those goals.

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