The Falcon Times
Squadron Members Participatein Eagle Flight Glider Academy
1st Lt Eva Owen From Saturday, July 23 through Sunday, July 31, 2011, the ten-day Eagle Flight Glider Acad-emy was held at Grimes Airfield in Bethel, PA. The glider training was run by New Jersey Wing with a support staff of senior membersfrom NJ, PA, DE and NY Wings. Capt Shlomo Zelkine as a CFI-G and 1st Lt Eva Owen as an Administrator/Assistant PAO represented Fal-
con Squadron at the academy. It was Capt Zelkine and 1st Lt Owen’s fourth time participating in a
New Jersey Glider Flight Clinic, which is now part of North East Region glider academies.NJWG has run a glider training program since 2003. The Eagle Flight Glider Encampment was di-rected by Col Cornelius (Mike) Flynn of Glassboro, NJ, who organized encampment staff from NJ,PA, DE & NY Wings. A competitive application process ensured that only the most dedicated cadetsand senior members were selected to at-tend the Eagle Flight Glider Academy. Two types of gliders were used: theSchweizer SGS 2-33 and the Blanik LET L-23, towed by two Pawnees and a Maule. Thirteen cadets and 2 senior membersfrom NJ, PA, DC & FL participated in glider instruction, learning everything from pre-flight to tie-down. All cadetsmanaged to earn their wings; first and se-cond years earned supervised solo wingsand third years
who earned solo wings last year
earned CAP coins at the graduation ceremony. Two senior members also earned supervised solo wings.Support staff also got to enjoy glider rides, and Maj Ed Cassella, who completed his solo glider wings and tow-plane training last year, gave me a ride in a Blanik glider. Cadets and senior memberseven got to experience helicopter simulators at Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA
I actually got to try one
and everyone was treated to a live helicopter demonstration at the base airfield. As the academy wound down, the cadets surprised Col Flynn with a digital photo frame holding over 400 photos from the ten day event, and the senior members were already talking about next year!
Falcon’s New Home on the WWW
It was a long time coming, but thanks to the effortsof Capts Ray Miller and Bill Slinker and many oth-ers working behind the scenes, Falcon Squadron celebrated the launch of its official website earlier this year. Find it at http://www.falconsquadron.org.Over the past year, the squadron introduced an emergency text messaging system, a brand new website, and now this return to a regularly-published newsletter. Onward and upward!
1st Lt Eva Owen catches a ride with Maj Ed Cassella, NJWG