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SDWG Cadet says Wings Program is Helping him Achieve his Dream

August 18, 2022

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C/CMSgt Alexander Heinrich, from Rushmore Composite Squadron, says earning his private pilot’s license in a Civil Air Patrol program is “one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”

Heinrich recently graduated from Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Youth Aviation Initiative’s Cadet Wings program and earned his Federal Aviation Administration private pilot certificate (see 8/19/22 Skychaser). He was the 185th CAP cadet to receive his private pilot’s certificate under the Cadet Wings program.

“My dream is to become a professional pilot,” said Heinrich, “and earning a private pilot’s certificate through Cadet Wings program is helping make that happen. It was a big honor to be part of the Wings Program, and is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. The Cadet Wings made it financially possible for me to get full flight training experience and accomplish my first milestone in my future aviation career. The lessons and abilities I learned in flight training process such as ability to plan, problem-solve, focus, safety management are awesome skills that will help me in every aspect of my life. I highly recommend this program to aviation-oriented cadets.”

Cadet Wings is a merit-based program that allows cadets to have flight training and gives them a head start as they embark on aviation-focused careers. Cadets complete their training at a local flight school or with CAP flight instructors using one of CAP’s Cessna 172 aircraft.

Funding for the program comes from the United States Air Force and other funding partners, such as the Ray Foundation, to develop tomorrow’s aerospace leaders.

More information on the program is at:

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