Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Andrew Wilson of the David Lee "Tex" Hill Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Composite Squadron in San Marcos, Texas passed a checkride and received his Private Pilot’s certificate at the San Marcos airport on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Cadet Wilson’s flight training was paid for by the CAP Wings program. The program provides funded training to selected Civil Air Patrol cadets to earn their Private Pilot Certificate in an Airplane (Single Engine Land-ASEL or otherwise known as powered), Glider, or Lighter-than-air (Balloon) categories and classes. The Air Force has allocated
CAP funds for CAP cadet flight training with the goal of fulfilling its mission of developing tomorrow’s aerospace leaders.
C/CMSgt Wilson was exposed to general aviation through the CAP Orientation Ride program that provides introductory rides in a CAP airplane and lets the cadet handle the controls. Cadet Wilson earned over 60 flight hours before taking his practical test. His primary CAP flight instructor, Capt. Mauricio Urquiola said, “It took many hours of study time, planning flight lessons around the summer weather and most of all, perseverance for Cadet Wilson to accomplish this goal.” Cadet Wilson completed his training through Black Hound Aviation flight school at the San Marcos, TX airport.
Cadets and senior members set up a recruiting table at the San Marcos Go Wheels Up airshow at the San Marcos airport on Saturday, May 28, 2021. The booth was originally inside the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) hanger but it was decided to move it outside to see if the location could catch more traffic. The cadets also went into the crowd to find kids that might be interested in CAP. The highlights of the airshow included two MIG-17s, an F-16 exhibition and a F-16 and P-51 "Heritage Flight".
Senior members participating were: Lt. Col. Ferguson, Capt. Urquiola, 1st Lt Aylstock, and 2nd Lts Brewer and Roach.
Cadets participating were Brewer, Debord, Janicki, Martinez, G. Muldrow, M. Muldrow, Q. Nash, Roberts, Silva, Rhodes, Seidel, and Wood.
The San Marcos, Texas Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron is providing orientation flights to Byron Steele High School Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets in the squadron’s Cessna 172 airplane. Lt. Col. Michael Hinsch, USAF (retired) is the Senior Airspace Instructor at Byron Steele High School. He stated, “We teach our cadets a History of Flight (first year cadets) and Science of Flight (second year) and these orientation flights culminate for us those lessons. Most of my cadets have never flown a plane and it gives all of them exposure to flight. We also have cadets apply to AFJROTC Flight Academy and we have our first two select cadets attending this summer where they will earn their private pilot’s license. My cadets all share their experiences on their social media and it is the talk of their time in AFJROTC.”
Cadets from the San Marcos Civil Air Patrol squadron performed some community service and got to see some vintage airplanes, motorcycles and cars at the Old Kingbury Aerodrome on Saturday, May 1.
On Tuesday evening, April 27, the San Marcos Squadron conducted a cadet awards ceremony and a Cadet Commander Change of Command. The following promotions and awards were presented:
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Andrew Wilson of the David Lee "Tex" Hill Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Composite Squadron in San Marcos was recently accepted into the Cadet Wings Program. Cadet Wings provides funded training to selected Civil Air Patrol cadets to earn their Private Pilot Certificate in the Airplane (Single Engine Land-ASEL or otherwise known as powered), Glider, or Lighter-than-air (Balloon) categories and classes. The Air Force has allocated CAP funds for CAP cadet flight training with the goal of fulfilling its mission of developing tomorrow’s aerospace leaders.
San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson presented the Billy Mitchell Award to three cadets from the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol in San Marcos, Texas on Tuesday evening, March 23, 2021. Cadet 2nd Lieutenants Lincoln Brewer, Connor Hawkins and Jeremiah Wood received the award at a ceremony at the squadron building adjacent to the San Marcos Airport.