Every summer 25 cadets from across the state travel to Ephrata, Wash., to attend Desert Eagle, the Civil Air Patrol flight encampment. Four cadets aged 14-17 from Redmond’s Overlake Squadron will make the trip this year, two for glider and two for powered flight. They include:
- Cadet TSgt. Geoffrey Davis, Duval
- Cadet 2d Lt. Mitchell Holliday, Kirkland
- Cadet A1C Christine Shoemaker, Bellevue
- Cadet SSgt Max Wienke, Sammamish
Two other cadets are also on a waiting list.
Flight operations begin at sunrise to take advantage of the smooth flying conditions, while lectures and study time take place in the early afternoon when temperatures can rise above 100 degrees, followed by more flights in the evening hours.
Several cadets will get to fly solo during the two-week camp, while others will require a little more training. Glider students can continue to train throughout the year with CAP.
Boys and girls aged 12-17 who are interested in flying can attend one of our to learn more.
Other CAP squadrons across the country have been busy this spring supporting federal, state and local emergency responders.
Following the tornado disasters in the southeast, volunteer CAP aircrews from four wings (states) flew 20 flights using 9 aircraft and took over 2,000 high-resolution photographs.
This spring, the North Dakota wing flew more than 100 hours helping emergency managers track the flooding on the Red River.
CAP aircraft fly almost 90 percent of the inland search and rescue across the country and were credited with more than 100 lives saved in 2010.
The 550 aircraft in the Civil Air Patrol fleet are on standby across the country ready to respond when needed. Many of our Cessna 182 aircraft are equipped with the new Garmin 1000 flight management system (pictured).
If you are a licensed pilot and want to serve your country, there are opportunities available for you. Visit our website for more information: www.overlakecap.org.