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What is Desert Eagle Flight Academy?

Do you want to take the first step in becoming a pilot? Aspiring pilots receive formal ground instruction and cockpit time with certified flight instructors. Many cadets even solo at the academy, although that is not guaranteed.   

The learning environment is specially designed for aviation motivated cadets who are serious about learning to fly.  Plan to spend 8-10 hours a day immersed in studying and actually being at the controls of the aircraft.  Expect very little free time.  If you are dedicated to becoming a pilot, this Academy is for you.  

You can also expect to have requirement to complete prior to arrival at the Academy.  You will have all the help that you need to be successful if you are willing to put in the effort.  

Participants in the flight academy receive “hands-on” flight time learning the basics of flying a powered aircraft or glider, ground instruction, and the opportunity to be immersed in aviation.


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About Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

Locally, Washington volunteers operate a fleet of 23 vehicles and 14 aircraft (Cessna 172s, 182s, and a 206, as well as 2 Blanik gliders) for inland search and rescue missions and cadet orientation flight instruction. The wing is comprised of 650 adult members (ages 18+) and 626 cadets (ages 12-21), organized into 27 squadrons, who contributed a value of $4.9 million in volunteer hours to their local communities and the citizens of Washington in 2019. 

Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.wawg.cap.gov for more information.

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