Members of the Byron P. Steele High School AFJROTC enjoyed the opportunity to take part in orientation flights with the Texas Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron out of San Marcos. Approximately 40 cadets took part in the exercises, held in early May.
“We teach our cadets a History of Flight (first year cadets) and Science of Flight (second year) and these orientation flights culminate for us those lessons, said Lt. Col. Michael Hinsch USAF (retired), the Senior Airspace Instructor at Steele HS. “Most of my cadets have never flown a plane and it gives all of them exposure to flight. We also have cadets apply to AFJROTC Flight Academy and we have our first two select cadets attending this summer where they will earn their private pilot’s license. My cadets all share their experiences on their social media and it is the talk of their time in AFJROTC.”
“This is often the first time these cadets have been in a small plane. We try to introduce the physics and math involved in flight and apply it in the air,” said Lt. Col Mike Duc, one of the five CAP pilots performing orientation flights for cadets. “We fly and I show them everything we talk about on the ground in the air. Most of the cadets are surprised at how stable the plane is and how calm and serene it is at altitude. I also discuss the different careers available in the aviation field including pilot/engineer/mechanic, etc.”