This is the 21st year for the Maryland Wing Solo Flight Scholarship Program and it’s that time of year to start the application process. Applicants need to be sure to read all the following details and comply with all requirements in order to be considered for selection. There have been some changes to the selection process, all interested members read carefully.
1. What: Fifteen hours of primary flight instruction and a complete private pilot ground school. At the completion of the course, the FAA Private
Pilot written exam will be administered by a local computerized exam facility.
2. Where: The Ground School weekend and the flight school will be held at the Hagerstown Composite Squadron building with flying conducted at the Washington County Airport, Richard A. Henson Field. More information will be provided to those selected for the program.
3. When: The FAA Private Pilot ground school will be held the weekend of June 17-19, 2011 starting at 1800 hours on Friday and running until approximately 1700 hours Sunday. The remaining ground school topics and the flying program will start at 1800 Friday July 15, 2011, and will run until approximately 1500 Sunday July 24, 2011. Sufficient time is allowed to complete the program in the event of inclement weather. The FAA Private Pilot written exam will be scheduled for the morning of July 24, 2011. At the completion of the written test, participants will be dismissed to return home. More information will be provided to those who are selected to the program. To be selected to the school, applicants must be able to commit to the entire school.
4. Who: All cadets who apply will be evaluated utilizing a standardized selection process with up to six (6) cadets being invited to the school. Those who are not selected after the process has concluded will remain on the list as alternates up until the start of the Ground School. Cadets who are not initially selected will need to inform the Activity Director if they will be unable to act as an alternate if so selected.
The Solo School at times may seek Officers to assist with the following: Flight Instructors, Ground Instructors, Food Preparation, Administrative Duties, and Ground Transportation.
5. Selection process:
a. Cadets - The cadets will be selected based on a selection system which includes the following:
1. Evaluation of Application Packet (see para. 9)
2. Interview with a Selection Board
b. Officers - Officers are not slotted the way cadets are. Activity Directors will select and slot their staff. Officers who are selected will be contacted by the Activity Director.
6. Minimum Requirements (Cadets):
a. Completion of the Mitchell Award (NLT 05 March 2011)
b. 16 years of age (by June 17, 2011)
c. Minimum of a “C” average on the previous semester/quarter report card
d. Class III FAA Medical and Student Pilot Certificate (this is to be submitted after notification of selection to the program, but NLT
Ground School weekend)
7. Minimum Requirements (Officers)
a. Must have a current membership card and be a member in good standing
b. Must have completed all requirements for initial membership in the Civil Air Patrol (i.e CPPT)
c. Task requirements:
i. Flight Instructors – At a minimum, must be a current CAP Instructor Pilot, Check Pilot status Preferred
ii. Ground Instructors - Must be an appropriately rated FAA Ground Instructor
iii. Food Preparation
iv. Administrative Duties
v. Van Transportation - Must hold a valid CAP Drivers Permit
8. Apply by written application, to include the following information which will be evaluated:
i. Proof of Mitchell or higher certificate
ii. Completed CAPF 31 with all required signatures (Parent, Squadron Commander, Group Commander)
iii. Letter of nomination from your Unit Commander.
iv. Copy of past semester/quarter report card with GPA noted.
1. Home school cadets must provide their official GPA per the standards of their parent school.
2. GPA shall be on a 4.0 scale. Cadets on a GT scale shall make note of that on their report card
v. Complete resume listing, at a minimum, your present and previous year’s participation in CAP activities and any previous flight training or ground instruction towards a private pilot certificate.
vi. One page, or less, essay stating your reason(s) for applying and how you would use the training if accepted into the program.
vii. Your resume, application, and the personal interview will all be scored and will be a factor in your selection.
viii. All cadets will receive a written confirmation that your application package has been received.
i. Completed CAPF31 with all required signatures (Squadron Commander, Group Commander). Members assigned to the Wing HQ Squadron shall get approval of the MDWG/CS.
ii. Copy of any applicable certifications
iii. One page or less narrative stating why you would like to assist at the Solo School.
iv. Officers will receive a written confirmation that your application package has been received.
9. Completed applications should be mailed via USPS to:
Major John Henderson, CAP
208 Pinewood Rd
Baltimore, MD 21222
Attn: Solo School
10. There will be a one time fee of $600.00 for each cadet accepted into the program. The fee will be payable by check to Maryland Wing CAP, on the date set forth below; no cash will be accepted. Officers who are selected to assist will not be charged a fee in exchange for their assistance with the program.
31 December 2010 - First Announcement
05 March 2011 - Deadline for receipt of applications
09 April 2011 - Applicant interviews with the selection board at Wing Headquarters
01 May 2011 - Announcement of selections and alternates
17-19 June 2011 - Cadet Solo Scholarship ground school weekend
17 June 2011 - Deadline for submitting proof of FAA Medical/Student Pilot Certificate and payment of the fee.
15-24 July 2011 - Completion of Ground School and flight training program.
12. Additional scholarship opportunity:
One cadet applicant may be selected to receive the Aaron Charles Joslin Memorial Flight Scholarship. This scholarship provides the full $600.00 fee for participation in the Solo School. Applicants must be accepted to Solo School and selection for this scholarship is determined by Colonel Kathryn J. Walling, using the final results of the interview process.
13. To comply with the new TSA rules, all applicants must provide proof of U.S citizenship (either birth certificate or U.S Passport) at the time they report for their interview on April 9, 2011. Individuals will need to present the original as well as a copy for the school files.
14. For further information contact:
Major John E. Henderson, CAP
CP – 443-677-1944