times a said Steven J. Trupp, program
manager for cadet programs. have them up almost
every day, and sometimes multiple flights in a
This year, the Johnson academy drew 64 participants
to Mattoon, Ill., for a total of two sessions from June 6June 20. Along with daily flight instruction conducted
out of Coles County Memorial Airport, cadets received
thorough ground instruction in their respective programs.
Col. Rick Oeth, Illinois Wing commander, said the
academy has a mission of a safe, low-cost,
high-quality flight experience that will help shape aerospace
As one of the longest-running, if not the longest-running,
flight academy in CAP, Johnson academy was one of the
earliest templates the organization drew on to create
future NCSA flight academies throughout the country.
academy is also distinctive in that it gives
instruction in balloon, gliders and powered
Oeth said. year, two cadets participated in the
G1000 course, 36 in the power course, 20 in the glider
course and six in the balloon
Depending on age and skill level, the academy also
provides many participants the opportunity to complete
a solo flight and earn their wings.
else in CAP can you go to one activity and
learn how to fly three different categories of aircraft,
along with the opportunity to earn said Capt.
Robert Bowden, the academy commander. is a
reason we have a 25-30 percent return rate year to year
Most of the cadets who participate in the academy have
a vision for a career in some form of aviation. Some will
move on to pursue careers in the military, some will
become pilots and some will take the aerospace education path.
has been a true honor to serve as the 2014 Johnson
Flight Academy said Bowden, who soloed
at the academy when he was a 16-year-old cadet and is
now a certified flight instructor and public affairs officer
for Michigan Wing. know exactly how these
cadets feel as they are progressing through their training.
opportunity to give back and help train future
aviators is why I keep coming back every year. It gave me
the start in aviation, and I am proud to help give others
Now that the academy is considered a CAP National
Cadet Special Activity, cadets who attend receive the
levels the playing field and allows us to reward our
members who Bowden said.
Cadet participants preflight their aircraft at
the Johnson Flight Academy.
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