Cadet Senior Airman Ian Woldt, 16, of Ethel, and Cadet Airman Chris Orr, 17, of Clinton, achieved solo pilot status by successfully completing their first solo flight. Both Cadets are working toward earning their FAA Private Pilot license through the CAP Cadet Flight Training Program.
A ceremony marking the occasion was held at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on April 9 during which the Cadets were presented with Certificates of Achievement and their uniform solo pilot wings by Wing Commander, Colonel C.A. Scarbrough.
Colonel Scarbrough reminded all of those present that this was in fact, “a very important date” for the Cadets. "They will never forget the first time they flew an airplane by themselves," said Scarbrough.
The Cadets will now proceed to Stage II of the training course, during which they will study and practice cross-country navigation, aircraft performance, instrument flight and night flying. At the completion of the additional training, they will take the FAA written examination followed by the FAA Flight Test before being awarded their FAA Private Pilot license.
Cadet Senior Airman Woldt will continue his high school studies (home school) while Cadet Airman Orr graduates from Central Private High School next month and will enter the Aviation Program at Louisiana Tech University this summer.