Aerospace Education

CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public and is therefor divided into two parts: internal and external. The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues and that the general public is introduced to aerospace topics.

The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the  achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with cadets, their local communities and school systems.                                

CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted throughout our nation's educational system.  Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people.  These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology.  Also, CAP's Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) affords local community teachers the opportunity to experience aerospace in action by going on an orientation ride piloted by an experienced CAP pilot.


From instruction in advanced systems of today's small aircraft to reaching for the sky with exciting activities, Cadets can look forward to their Aerospace Lessons. We use flight simulators, model rockets, RC aircraft, and so much more as a part of the demonstrations allowing Cadets to interact and see the theories and concepts of aerospace at work. Come engage in some of the most interesting lessons you may ever find.

Parents, you will be proud to hear what your cadet(s) learn after every lesson. Cadets, you can share with your friends and fellow Cadets your new and exciting discoveries.

You can be a part of the few that take to the skies, learning everything from basics to advanced aircraft systems. Start your lessons with Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education and look forward to each opportunity to fly in a powered aircraft or our glider.

This isn't your regular schoolwork, this is learning to take flight!