Video Episode – CAP Glider Sorties

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Here’s the video from my first two glider sorties. I went up during the Oakland County International Airport (KPTK; “Pontiac”) Open House 16 August 2009 with Mark Grant.

These were CAP sorties with CAP equipment both towing and towed. And we were in some pretty busy Class D airspace, as you can hear. Great experience. I need to get out and get some stick time as well. Maybe a project for next summer.

BTW, I’m a CAP major and member of CAP’s Oakland Composite Squadron in southeast Michigan. That’s how I got access to these great rides. I also volunteered at the event, handing kids and adults into and out of the CAP aircraft.

I put this footage up in and Airspeed episode because it was a great experience and because I promote CAP to anyone who’ll listen. But you should know that CAP doesn’t endorse or promote Airspeed. Fair enough?

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Stephen Force is the superhero alter ego of mild-mannered tech and aviation lawyer, commercial pilot (glider, with private privileges in ASEL, ASES, AMEL, IA, and DC-3 (SIC) type-rated), and Civil Air Patrol lieutenant colonel Steve Tupper. Steve writes, records, and brings you the inside story about everything that really matters in aviation. He's flown with the USAF Thunderbirds, he's and airshow performer and air boss, and he's one of only five pilots ever to earn a FAST card in the glider category. Follow Steve's ongoing quest to do all that is cool in aviation at or on Twitter as @StephenForce.


  1. Mark Curtis says:

    Great Job with the Video Steve! It's great to see you showcasing the CAP Glider Program and to give people a 'birds eye' view of what cadets (and a few privileged Senior Members)can do in the Civil Air Patrol. Capt Mark Grant is a consummate glider pilot and a true asset to the Michigan Wing!

    Keep up the good work!

    - Mark

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the rare view from the cockpit of a glider in a busy traffic environment…great showcase for a glider's capability in very capable hands.
    Had fun watching from the ground; especially liked the 'taxi' to the ramp!

    John G. Harte
    President, Sandhill Soaring Club

  3. Richard_Rides says:

    With all these "Majors" and "Captains" my arm may grow weary from all the saluting!

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