CAP Holds Annual Aerospace Education Day in Onida
At least 24 cadets received orientation flights on 15 sorties during the annual South Dakota Wing Aerospace Education Day August 20 in Onida, SD. The event also included experiences with multi-engine model rocketry, small search drones, and a range of other aerospace and STEM activities.
“Part of CAP’s mission is to help excite cadets so that they can be the next generation of aerospace and technology professionals,” said Capt. Ben Kallas, CAP’s director of Aerospace Education in South Dakota. “Exposure to these ideas in a way that is both fun and challenging helps do that for our cadet members.”
Beginning in the 1950s, Civil Air Patrol invested significant resources in aerospace education. With current national pilot shortage and the need for experienced professionals in STEM fields, the Air Force has mandated CAP to help inspire the next generation of aerospace leaders.
“We thank Sully County for allowing Civil Air Patrol to use their fairgrounds for this important event,” said Col. Michael Marek, CAP, South Dakota wing commander. “The setting allows us more flexibility in serving our cadets than would be possible in a larger city or at a larger airport.”