How can USNA provide a relevant introductory flight program for midshipmen during tight budgetary times?

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How can USNA provide a relevant introductory flight program for midshipmen during tight budgetary times?

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Due to sailplanes’ inherent simplicity, glider flight training operating costs are usually less than 1/3 that of powered aircraft. Additionally, by contracting with civilian Soaring facilities, USNA can provide its future Naval Aviators with Soaring instruction & leadership opportunities at a fraction of the cost of USAFA’s “Soar-for-All” flight/leadership training program. VT-NA Soaring Program’s Mission The Naval Academy Training Squadron (VT-NA)’s Soaring Program is a highly structured midshipmen-led military flight training operation that provides year-round ground, simulator, & flight instruction, as well as a dedicated Summer Soaring Program. Our mission is to provide leadership opportunities, & act as an early flight-screening tool for midshipmen who wish to pursue careers in Naval Aviation. VT-NA’s Soaring program is open to all classes yet specifically targets 3rd Class & 2nd Class midshipmen prior to service-selection. Why Sailplanes? The long, efficient wings of sailplanes a

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