Cadets Get First Flight At Aviation FTX 2018
By 1st Lt. TeriLee Hammond and 1st Lt. Randy Mansfield
The Blackhawk and Sevier Valley Cadet Squadrons combined for an Aviation FTX at the Spanish Fork/Springville Airport on the 20th and 21st of April. The event was organized so that new cadets could get their first Orientation Flights as well as learn some radio basics, urban direction finding, flight line marshalling and pass off their Aircraft Ground Handling.
Upon arrival at the airport on Friday afternoon Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Micah Mayers, who acted as the NCOIC for the event, assigned each cadet a team. Each team was then assigned a flight order and taught some basic Flight Line Marshalling (FLM).
Our Orientation Flight pilots for the weekend were Lt Col. Jim Stewart, Capt. Paul Jensen, Capt. Marilyn Riddle and Capt. Paul Eastman, all from the Phantom Composite Squadron. Over the two-day event 15 flights were completed and each cadet got a front seat O-Flight as well as a couple of flights in the back seat. Cadet Airman Gage Peery went up for his first flight ever in a plane and said this about his experience “It was crazy fun and I want to do it again! I never thought I’d fly a plane and coming to CAP has given me that opportunity.” Cadet Senior Airman Davin Morton loved the Zero G demonstration. He said “It feels weird, like your insides move”
We’d like to thank the following Phantom Composite Squadron members for also helping with the event: Flight Coordination was performed by SM Theron Anderson, Communications and Mission Radio Operator training was conducted by Lt. Mike Dyck, Urban Direction Finding was taught by Maj. Karl Peterson and other support was given by Lt. Gary Rogers.
Also, a big thanks to Lt. Kaitlyn Hartwig, SM Kerri Bishop, SM Jon Bishop and parent Forrest Morton, all from Blackhawk Cadet Squadron, for keeping the cadets well fed and filling in with any other support that was needed.