Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol
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Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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The Civil Air Patrol promotes and supports aerospace education, both for its own members and the general public.
America's aerospace industry faces some tough challenges. Experienced aerospace industry workers are aging; averaging over 50 years of age. At the same time, the number of college graduates with science and engineering degrees entering aerospace careers is declining significantly.
Many airline pilots in the U.S. are nearing the mandatory retirement age of 65. To compound the issue, laws now require both crew members to have an ATP certificate and 1500 hours. In addition, as education and training costs continue to rise, the number of people getting private pilot licenses has fallen. These factors will impact the pipeline of qualified pilots. The result has many airlines and industry professionals predict looming pilot shortage.
The Civil Air Patrol plays an important role in this aerospace dilemma.
CAP’s educational programs help prepare America's citizens to meet the challenges of a sophisticated aerospace society and understand it's related issues. We have the expertise and the products to make a huge difference.
Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people. These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology. CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials.
“CAP’s educational programs help prepare America’s citizens to meet the challenges of a sophisticated aerospace society and understand it’s related issues.”
To learn more about CAP's aerospace education programs, products, and other resources available to our members, visit www.capmembers.com/ae.
For information about joining as an aerospace education member (AEM) and to join online, go to www.capmembers.com/joinaem.
Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) Flights
The Teacher Orientation Program(TOP) Flights provide the opportunity for teachers to experience orientation
flights in CAP aircraft. As Aerospace Education Members (AEM), teachers can receive these orientation flights following optional workshops at local area airports and then share their experiences with their students.
CAP offers our AEM members free national academic standards-based educational products, involving:
…and much more that can be found here.
CAP promotes and supports aerospace/STEM education, both for its own members and the general public.
Advocates for Aerospace.
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