Sea Cadet orientation flight

Aviation Training

The Jupiter / Langley Squadron is the only Naval Sea Cadet Corps Aviation unit in the Southeast Florida Region (Region 6-5). The regional area extends from Key West in the south to Jupiter in the north and includes Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Young men and women living in the West Palm Beach area and are seeking to learn about naval aviation have a unique opportunity.

Every cadet within our squadron receives a combined education on maritime service and aviation through classroom instructional periods, hands on practice and practical experience. The aviation portion of their training will include topics such as:

Mission and History of Naval Aviation
Organization of Naval Aviation
Principles of Flight
Aircraft Basic Construction
Aircraft Characteristics
General Aircraft Maintenance
Aircraft Hardware
Aircraft Power Plants
Aircraft Avionics
Aircraft Ordnance
Support Equipment
Line Operations and Safety
Aircrew Survival Equipment
Crash Rescue and Fire Fighting

While all cadets are required to learn basic Navy and Coast Guard customs and courtesies, as well as military bearing, they also get to focus on the practical flight application. Cadets may earn flight wings through the process.

FAA’s rules for getting a pilot’s license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. You can choose among airplanes, gyroplanes, helicopters, gliders, balloons, or airships. Our focus is on single engine fixed wing aircraft or small commercial drones.

There are also several different types of pilot’s licenses, from student pilot all the way up to airline transport pilot. From Student Pilots, Recreational Pilots, Sport Pilots and Private Pilots. Our focus is on Private Pilot and Remote Pilot. Back to Top

Cadets have two paths they can follow:

Earning Wings

Sea Cadet Air Wings breast device
Naval Sea Cadet flight wings are earned through completion of specific training stages.

Bronze Wings – FAA Ground School

All pilots – All cadets will have the opportunity to attend FAA Ground School. Cadets must complete a ground school for either Remote Pilot or Private Pilot. This includes courses in aerodynamics, meteorology, and navigation and other pertinent subjects for aviators.

Ground school prepares you with sufficient aeronautical knowledge to operate an aircraft safely. Secondly, ground training is crucial to passing the knowledge test, which is a requirement to obtain most pilot licenses.

But it’s not just aviation theory. Ground school also includes operational knowledge, such as aircraft characteristics, inflight procedures, and radio communications.

Cadets passing ground school receive Bronze Wings which are worn when they are wearing their Service Dress Whites or Blues. They also have wings that can be attached to their Type III NWU.

Ground School is provided at no cost to the cadet after they have completed their initial orientation flight.

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Silver Wings – Student

For Private Pilot – Cadets that successfully have completed the Federal Aviation Exam given at completion of the NSCC FAA Ground School Course and provide certification/validated documentation of the above requirements including passing of the FAA exam, flight logbooks and certificate indicating completion of Solo flight receive Silver Wings.

Cadets following this path will receive a certificate good for their first student flight lesson at no charge. Any continuing lessons are the expense of the cadet/parent. Ongoing flying lessons costs $110 to $125 per hour for the airplane rental and $45 per hour for the flight instructor’s time.

Full Scholarships may be available to some cadets based on performance to complete their pilot training at no cost.

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For Remote Pilot – Cadets must have passed the FAA knowledge exam and completed FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate.

Cadets following this path can expect to pay a testing fee of $160, paid directly to the testing center where you take your test. Once you pass the test, there is no additional fee to get your actual certificate. Other costs include a $5 registration fee for your drone if you have a drone. 

Silver Wings are worn when they are wearing their Service Dress Whites or Blues. They also have wings that can be attached to their Type III NWU.

Gold Wings – Pilot

For Private Pilot – Cadets that provide certified documentation (logbooks and license) of passing all requirements for private pilot’s license to NSCC NHQ Training Department receive Gold Wings.

For Remote Pilot – Cadets that receive a permanent remote pilot certificate after all other FAA-internal processing is complete.

Gold Wings are worn when they are wearing their Service Dress Whites or Blues. They also have wings that can be attached to their Type III NWU.

Keep Current – All cadets receiving any pilot license must maintain their license as current to be able to continue wearing their wings. Any license that is expired or a cadet that has not completed recurring education will lose the right to wear their wings.
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LT Matthew Callander, USNR, is the Executive Officer and Senior Aviation Training Officer. LT Callander is a current member of the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Navy Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO). His duties include making certain all aircraft maintenance has been performed correctly, influence emerging aviation weapon system designs to reduce, simplify or eliminate maintenance actions, provide operational support to the Fleet’s personnel and aircraft and manage all material and manpower needed to support Flight Operations.

In addition, he is currently the Lead Aircraft Tech for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division. There he oversees both the helicopter and drone systems and maintenance.

Aside from multiple Navy certifications, LT Callander holds a BS Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University. He taught Aerospace Science at Embry-Riddle University, Palm Beach State College and Boynton Beach High School.

LT Callander is a FAA certified and licensed Commercial Pilot-Airplane Multi Engine, Helicopter Pilot, Remote Aircraft Pilot (Drone), Airframe & Power Plant Mechanic Advanced and FAA Ground School Instructor.

Rick Golightly is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter #203 in Palm Beach County and is the Eagle Flights Leader and Young Eagles Coordinator. He is the hands-on mentor for our cadets.

Based in a commercial hangar at the North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport, the chapter’s 30 or so members are retired Pratt and Whitney engineers, military veterans and commercial airline pilots to attorneys, entrepreneurs and flight instructors.

Mr. Golightly teaches fundamental hands-on skills to repair, maintain and build aircraft. He coordinates orientation flights with the EAA members of Chapter #203 and he oversees scholarships for Student Pilots that allow them to earn a Private Pilots license at no cost.

Mr. Golightly is the owner of Metro Embroidery in Jupiter and provides the squadron with custom logo shirts and caps. 
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Flight Simulation Training

Cadets get flight simulation training through the simulator at the EAA hanger at North Palm Beach County Airport and via the X-Plane 11 system during classroom training.

National Flight Academy

Additional opportunities for flight training include the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps in conjunction with the National Flight Academy is offers a one-week away training opportunity during the winter and summer breaks. Cadets live for 6 days in a multi-story, 102,000 square foot facility experiencing theme-park style thrills surrounded by advanced technology, flight simulators, and virtual reality games that ignite imagination and encourage learning.

Located adjacent to the National Naval Aviation Museum, the National Flight Academy is a four-story structure designed to be fully and intensively immersive. The adventure begins with the landlocked, virtual aircraft carrier, AMBITION (CVT-11). Each deck of AMBITION is designed scenically and theatrically to simulate a modern aircraft carrier. The main deck houses the galley, mess deck, administrative spaces and the aircraft hangar bays. The first deck is dedicated to academic spaces including the operations and intelligence centers.  The second and third decks house berthing (sleeping quarters), teambuilding compartments and activity rooms.

Security personnel monitor through video surveillance and on-site patrols of the entire ship (the facility) on a 24-hour basis.

This program normally costs $1,250 but is offered to our cadets at just $200 for the entire 6 days and includes meals. Cadets must have their own transportation to and from the facility.
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Naval Air Stations and Away Squadron Trainings

Cadets will have the opportunity to visit, train and work along side active Navy and Coast Guard personnel during visitations to Florida area Air Stations and Bases. Some of the destinations include:

  • Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • Naval Air Station Key West
  • Naval Air Station Pensacola
  • Naval Air Station Whiting Field (Milton)
  • National Naval Aviation Museum
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
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