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CADET LIFE
Aviation Club
The Aviation Club is comprised of cadets from all classes. We regularly bring in speakers from both the Coast Guard and civilian aviation communities, coordinate trips to air shows and museums, and help cadets work toward their private pilot licenses. The club also runs the RedBird Simulator room in Chase Hall. The new flight simulator was a gift from the Class of 1949, and is open to all cadets. Volunteers from the club, along with faculty members, can become qualified as instructors to give lessons to interested cadets on a daily basis. The simulator is also heavily used by the Flight Team.

Members of the club have the opportunity to participate in the Academy’s Flight Team. This team competes in both the NIFA and West Point Invitational flight competitions each year. Cadets with their private pilot licenses can fly during these competitions, and those who do not yet have their licenses can either ride along as passengers or participate in “ground events” such as aircraft identification and flight computer proficiency exams.