March has brought a new group of students to the 557th Flying training squadron for Powered Flight. The students are about halfway through the five ride program. There has been several days with bad weather and spring break was in the middle of it. But hopefully they are able to have good weather for the remainder of the program and complete all 5 flights.
The 557th Flying Training Squadron provides exposure to an operational Air Force flying squadron through the Powered Flight Program and gives the opportunity to possibly solo a light, general aviation aircraft.
Cadets are normally enrolled in AM-420 during their second or first-class year. Cadets who complete AM-420 are eligible to wear Cadet Flight Wings. The class is intended to motivate cadets to commit to serving as a rated officer.
Powered Flight is a capstone course that serves as a culmination of a cadet’s aviation education. Lessons in Air Force heritage and principles of engineering are applied in real-life scenarios during nine flights in a single engine propeller driven aircraft. The training includes ground and flight instruction using T-53s (Cirrus SR20), military instructors provide a basic introduction to Air Force pilot training and the experience of powered flight. The training includes ground and flight instruction under an Air Education and Training Command (AETC) flying syllabus.
To view photos, got to GALLERIES > Airmanship > Powered Flight. Set photo order OLDEST to NEWEST. Select your start page (195- ) or click on the links below.
***Photo order must be set OLDEST to NEWEST for the links below to take you to the correct start page
Powered Flight 3rd Spring Session M Day pgs. 195 (middle of page, 7th row down) - 217 M Day
Powered Flight 3rd Spring Session T day pgs. 217 (bottom of page, last row) - 245 T Day