Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol cadet earns his wings

Cadet Col Ryan Hebert and his Flight Instructor,

Cadet Col Ryan Hebert and his Flight Instructor, Jan Driessen, attending a glider school at Seminole Lake Glider Port, Florida. Jan Driessen started flying in 1954 in The Netherlands; in the 1950s he was a fighter pilot in the Dutch air force. He is a Diamond Glider Pilot, having over 10,000 hours in gliders, of which 7,000 were as an instructor. Photo by Capt Heidi Rice.

February 26, 2019
Civil Air Patrol cadet earns his pilot’s license at 16 years old


Civil Air Patrol gives youth and adult the opportunity to experience flight. This experience can have a profound effect. As with many children, Ryan Hebert had a dream of becoming a pilot. He was able to take an orientation flight when he was 12 years old with Civil Air Patrol. This had a profound impact on him. During the summer of 2017, he attended a glider school at Seminole Lake Glider Port, Florida. This started his journey to attain a private pilot’s license.

That week was spent with days soaring the skies until early afternoon and doing ground school in the evenings. When the week came to a close, he had eight hours of flight time under his belt and headed home to Kentucky to spend the fall studying for his FAA exam. By the time summer of 2018 came around, he was eager to get back into the sky. He returned to the glider port for another ten days of flying. Finally, he was ready to go for his check ride and received the long-coveted pilot’s license at the age of sixteen.

Danville’s Cadet Col Hebert says, “Even though achieving a pilot’s license can be time consuming, it’s something that will enrich your life for the rest of your days.”

Civil Air Patrol gives youth the opportunity to experience flight through orientation flights. Each cadet can take advantage of five powered flights and may have the opportunity to have five glider flights. There are scholarships and fights camps that can enable cadets to soar among the clouds and help them on their way to earning a pilot’s license.

Civil Air Patrol is having a week-long Open House event that highlights CAP’s Aerospace Education Program in celebration of the Governor’s proclamation of Aerospace Day.

The Aerospace Program provides many opportunities for adults and youth to experience everything from rocketry, quadcopters, astronomy to flying in CAP aircraft.

In addition to aerospace, CAP inspires youth to become the next generation of leaders in its Cadet Program. The program centers around its core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect for ages 12-18. They have the opportunity to develop a passion for flying, leadership, cybersecurity as well as many other careers that they are exposed to while serving their communities.

Cadet Col Hebert was a founding member of Stuart Powell Cadet Squadron in Danville, KY. They are one of 17 squadrons that are hosting an Aerospace Day Open House. Danville’s event is on March 4 at 6:00.

There are seventeen squadrons that are participating in a Statewide Aerospace Day Open House from March 4-13. Please visit for more information.

Civil Air Patrol offers teens and adults with experiences that build skills while serving their community.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information

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For other accomplishments of Cadet Col Ryan Hebert:

Civil Air Patrol Cadet earns Civil Air Patrol’s highest award

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