Civil Air Patrol Cadets Reach Flight Training Milestone

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Pictured Above:  Capt. Al Spain, Instructor;  Cadet C/SrA Ian D. Woldt;  
Mjr. Pat Kerr, Instructor;  Cadet C/Amm Christopher D. Orr
Submitted by Major Lois Hopwood
    Two Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadets, members of the Capitol City Composite Squadron in Baton Rouge recently achieved a major milestone in their flight training program.  Cadet Senior Airman Ian Woldt (age 16) and Cadet Airman Chris Orr (age 17) achieved solo pilot status by successfully completing their first solo flight.  Both Cadets are working toward earning their FAA Private Pilot license through the CAP Cadet Flight Training Program.  A ceremony marking the occasion was held at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Monday, April 9th during which the Cadets were presented with Certificates of Achievement and their uniform solo pilot wings by Wing Commander, Colonel C.A. Scarbrough.  Colonel Scarbrough reminded all of those present that this was in fact, “a very important date” for the Cadets and that they would never forget, “the first time that they flew an airplane by themselves”.
    The Cadets will now proceed to Stage II of the training course during which they will study and practice cross-country navigation, aircraft performance, instrument flight and night flying.  At the completion of the additional training, they will take the FAA written examination followed by the FAA Flight Test before being awarded their FAA Private Pilot license.  Cadet Senior Airman Woldt will continue his high school studies (home school) while Cadet Airman Orr graduates from Central Private High School next month and will enter the Aviation Program at Louisiana Tech University this summer.