Aerospace Education and O-flights

ORIENTATION FLIGHTS

Powered O-Flights:

We have Squadron powered (the aircraft has an engine) Orientation flights at Centennial Airport. We fly with a very experienced CAP pilots.  Cadets typically get to handle the controls and even fly the plane a little. But not to worry, our planes have two sets of controls, and the pilot is always in control of the plane. Each orientation flight lasts about 1.4 hours for each cadet riding in the front seat.

Next O-flight Sorites:

Need to learn how to read military time? Here's a quick wikipedia article explaining it. How to read Military Time

How to Sign Up: New Feature: Fill out this form, and press the "send" button: (some of you will have e-mail programs that will require you to fill out the information manually in your e-mail window. If this happens, please put "Powered Orientation Flight Signup" on the subject line.) 

These flights cost cadets nothing. The Air Force funds these flights up to a max of 5 flights for each cadet.

Required items: Here's what you have to have to fly with us:

- Your CAP ID Card

- Your Uniform (we wear our BDU's but with sneakers so we don't dent the airplane)

- Your Orientation Flight sign-off sheet (page 22 of the Orientation flight syllabus, CAPP 52-7, available here at: CAPP 52-7
Note: in the CAPP 52-7 orientation flight syllabus and the sign-off sheet, flights 1 throuh 5 are your glider flights, and flights 6 through 10 are your powered aircraft flights.

- A plastic bag from a grocery store (sometimes cadets feel a little queasy when the air gets rough....but not usually)

- (optional) $2.00 for a soda (usuall flight stop at Pueblo for the free cookies and to switch cadets in the front seat, cadets need a couple of dollars if they want to buy a soda).

Drop Off Procedurs for Parents: Please park and come inside the terminal (enter at the door w/ the covered marquee). I will not be there, but I would like all of the parents to meet our pilot. He'll let you know when the return time is; the return time depends on how many cadets we have in the sortie and the route. Typically our pilot will land periodically so the cadets can switch seats and so every cadet gets a chance to sit up front and fly the plane a little.

Weather: I'll send out a "GO" or "NO GO" email Friday night w/ a quick message if we're still flying or canx'd for weather.

New Procedure: if you're signed up but can't make the sortie:

    • If you find out the day before, please call & e-mail Lt Col Chuck West so I can find a replacement.
    • If you find out the day of the sortie, please call our Pilot on his cell phone. I won't place his number on the web site, but I'll pass it out w/ the weather GO/NO GO e-mail I send out the night before the sortie

Directions:

TACAir Terminal: Map with directions to the TacAir Terminal:


Map to TACAIR Terminal, Centenial Airport, Colorado

Orientation Flight Frequently Asked Questions:

Question:"Can my friend who's not in CAP come fly with me?"

Answer: "No, Orientation flights are for cadet members of CAP."

Question:"Is there a pilot in the plane with me if I go on an Orientation Flight? I don't know how to fly a plane."

Answer: Of course there is. There's even two sets of controls and two steering yokes so the pilot can fly the plane from either front seat"

Question:"What do I need to fly; I'm a new cadet?"

Answer:"Read the list of required items (above), and have a great attitude. You're going to do what few people have done: fly in a small plane."

Question:"How do I read the line describing the flights for the day? I don't know what "2 x sorties" or "Sortie is CANX for WX" means"

Answer: "The line breaks out as follows: I put the date in military format, then I list the number of sorties that day. For instance, "2 x sorties" means two sorties (x = times like multiplication) for that day. Then I list the take-off times for those sorties. A sortie is the airplane taking off and landing once. Then I list the number of available seats for cadets on that sortie. If a sortie is cancelled, I color the line red, and use the term "CANX" to indicate the sortie is cancelled. Reasons are usually bad weather ("WX") or Maintenance ("MX")

For example:
"01 Apr 09: 2 x sorties: 0800 (2 x seats) and 1500 (2 x seats)" means the plane will fly at 8:00AM and 3:00PM on 1 Apr 2009. There is room for two cadets on each flight (sortie)."

Another example:
"01 Apr 09: Sorties are CANX for MX" means the sorties are cancelled because of aircraft maintenance - the plane is either broken or in maintenance, or due for scheduled maintenance and can't fly.

Question:"I never get the e-mails announcing the O-Flights. How do I get on the list?"

Answer "Send me an e-mail asking me to add you to my mailing list. My e-mail is: chuckwendywest@yahoo.com"

Question:"Can I sign up my buddy who's a new cadet? He doesn't have your e-mail address or get the notificaitons or know where the Squadron web site is?"

Answer "No. Have your buddy e-mail me directly, and give him the URL (web address) for the squadron web site. My e-mail address is posted in this FAQ." 

Aerospace Education: (updated 18 Mar 14)

CAP Model Rocketry Program: (Updated: 18 Mar 14)

Here's the link to the CAP Model Rocketry program guide, showing all of the program requirments and some of the rockets you'll build: CAP Model Rocketry Program Guide

I have a model rocket launcher and ignition system, so cadets will not have to buy one. I recommend starting the program in the Fall so cadets can launch thier rockets in the Spring and Summer.

Below are some resources for Aerospace Education:

    • FoILSIM: Essentially a Wind Tunnel simulator that will run on your computer. Download it for free and run it on your computer in a web browser (MS Explorer, Safari, Firefox) window. See the FOILSIM running in an interactive window at the FOILSIM web page at:FOILSIM Web Page on NASA Glenn Research Center site:
    • Heres a list of some excellent Aerospace Ed resources from the Glenn Research Center NASA site (the NASA site runs inside a frame):
       

    Aeronautics

      • Aerodynamic Lift Talk A Powerpoint presentation prepared for students on 10 Dec 02 describing aerodynamic lift.
      • Forces on an Airplane A Powerpoint presentation prepared for students on 25 Mar 03 describing the four forces on an airplane and methods for modeling those forces. A more graphic version was produced on 1 Jun 05.
      • Aerodynamics, Propulsion and Model Rockets Talk A Powerpoint presentation prepared for students on 24 Feb 03 describing forces and Newton's laws applied to airplanes and model rockets.
      • Jet Propulsion Talk A Power Point presentation prepared for students on 24 Feb 03 describing jet engines and the equations which describe their operation.
      • Out of Control Talk A Power Point presentation prepared for students on 7 Apr 03 describing flight control and how flight control has evolved from the Wright brothers until today.
      • High Speed Flight A Power Point presentation prepared for 4th graders on 15 Mar 04 describing the various flight regimes and problems associated with high speed flight.
      • Falling Objects A Power Point presentation prepared for 12th graders on 20 May 04 describing the physics and mathematics of falling objects in a vacuum and in the atmosphere. Includes the Apollo 15 experiment. A younger version of this talk was prepared on 2 Mar 05 for 5th graders. And another version dealing with Galileo's other scientific interests was prepared on 10 Jan 06 for an 11th grade World History class.
      • Forces and Motion A Power Point presentation prepared for NASA Explorer School teachers on 16 July 04 describing the forces that act on an airplane. A more extensive version was produced 14 Jul 05 for another group of NES teachers.

    Centennial of Flight

      • Wright 1903 Engine Talk A Power Point presentation prepared for students on 10 Apr 03 describing the operation of the Wright brothers' 1903 gasoline-powered, internal combustion engine.
      • Wright Brothers' Invention Talk A Power Point presentation prepared for the general public in Winter 03 describing the invention process of the Wright brothers from 1899 to 1905.
      • Wright Brothers' Talk A shorter version of the Power Point presentation describing the invention process of the Wright brothers from 1899 to 1905. Contains only photographs taken by the brothers.
      • Wright Brothers' Talk A longer version of the Power Point presentation describing the invention process of the Wright brothers from 1899 to 1905. Prepared on Mar. 30, 2004 for the NSTA Convention in Atlanta.
      • The Invention Process A Power Point presentation given by "Wilbur and Orville Wright" about the scientific processes used in the invention of the airplane. Prepared on 25 Jun 04 for 9th grade students in support of the Digital Learning Network.
      • The Wright-Curtiss Connection A Power Point presentation showing pictures from the early days of aviation, with particular emphasis on the Wright Brothers, Langley, Bell, and Glenn Curtiss. Prepared on 2 Feb 05 for 6th grade students in support of the Digital Learning Network.
      • Ratios and Proportions A Power Point presentation given by "Wilbur Wright" about ratios and proportions and how they were used in the invention of the airplane. Prepared on 23 Mar 04 for 6th grade students in support of the Digital Learning Network (revised 2 Nov 04).
      • Forces and Motion A Power Point presentation given by "Wilbur Wright" about the forces in flight and the resulting motion of an airplane. Prepared on 13 Jul 05 for NES teachers in support of the Digital Learning Network.
      • Invention Process A Power Point presentation given by the brothers during "Take Your Kids to Work" Day at NASA Glenn, June, 2005.
      • Simple Machines A Power Point presentation about simple machines and how they were used by the Wright brothers in the invention of the airplane. Prepared on 14 Nov 05 for 10th grade students in support of the Digital Learning Network.

    Space Flight

      • Rocket Modeler Talk A Power Point presentation prepared for students on 26 Feb 03 describing RocketModeler and the forces on a model rocket.
      • Model Rocket Stability and Control A Power Point presentation describing how model rockets and real rockets are controlled during launch. Prepared on Jan 5, 2004.
      • This IS Rocket Science A Power Point presentation prepared for 5th graders on 15 Oct 04 describing the basics of rocket propulsion and flight. Includes the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
      • Rocket Science A Power Point presentation prepared for 8th graders on 23 Feb 05 describing the basics of rocket propulsion and flight.
      • Rocket Science - Advanced A Power Point presentation prepared for 10th graders on 21 Apr 05 giving more mathematical details of rocket propulsion and flight.
      • Rocket Science - for Teachers A Power Point presentation prepared for NASA Educator Astronaut Teachers on 28 Jul 05 giving even more mathematical details of rocket propulsion and flight.
      • Math and Explorers A Power Point presentation prepared for AIAA Space '05 on 29 Aug 05 giving a quick example of Newton's laws applied to stomp rocket flight.
      • A Review of Man in Space A Power Point presentation prepared for 6th graders on 31 May 05 giving some information on space history, moon landings, rocket science, and future plans.
      • The Space Shuttle A Power Point presentation prepared for 5th graders on 19 Oct 04 describing the parts and mission profile for the Space Shuttle.
      • Return to Flight A Power Point presentation prepared for 5th graders on 27 Apr 05 describing the mission profile for STS-114, Return to Flight of the Space Shuttle.
      • The Space Race A Power Point presentation prepared for 8th graders on 13 May 04 describing the race to the moon.
      • History of Humans in Space A Power Point presentation prepared for 6th graders on 15 Feb 05 describing the history of human space travel, from Vostok to the ISS.
      • History of the Apollo Moon Program A Power Point presentation prepared for 7th graders on 17 Mar 05 describing the history of the moon program. Includes pictures from all of the Apollo missions of the early 1970's.
      • Humans in Space A Power Point presentation prepared for 8th graders on 21 Jan 05 describing the space environment and the problems people face in low earth orbit.
      • Human Biology in Space A Power Point presentation prepared for 10-11-12th graders on 3 Feb 05 describing the biological problems people face in low earth orbit.
      • Risks in Space Flight A Power Point presentation prepared for 8th graders on 21 Jan 05 describing the space environment and the risks associated with space flight.
      • Risks in Space Flight II A Power Point presentation prepared for 8th graders on 22 Feb 05 showing images from spaceflights in which the crew and ground control saved the mission.
      • Back to the Future A Power Point presentation prepared for parents and students on 25 Jan 05 describing human space flight from the days of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, through the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, and back to the Moon with the Crew Exploration Vehicle.
      • Humans to Mars A Power Point presentation prepared for 10-11-12th graders on 5 Feb 06 describing the problems involved with going to Mars.

    Others

      • Aerospace Career Talk A Power Point presentation describing aspects of a career in aerospace engineering. Prepared on Aug 25, 2003, using slides from a talk in 2001.
      • Teamwork in Aerospace A presentation prepared for National Engineer's Week which contains instructions and slides for an activity built around teamwork in aerospace. Groups of students form small companies to build and test paper airplanes in a NASA competition.

AEROSPACE CURRENT Events:

Here is our unit's "Virtual Bulletin Board" of Current Events sources in Aerospace Industry and the Military:

ALLTOP: All the Top Headlines for Aviation has a nice current news aggregator (window w/ current news headline feeds)

  • Air Force Current News:


    Aviation Week News:


    National CAP HQ Aerospace Newsletters:

Questions: E-mail Col William Aceves at: weaceves@gmail.com