Dozens of Maryland Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets this summer have sampled the joys of soaring thanks to a program launched by The Atlantic Soaring Club (ASC) of Churchville, MD. The CAP’s Maryland Wing in May agreed with ASC on details of the Glider Orientation Ride Program, in which cadets receive as many as five rides each, flown by specially-certified pilots, with about 17 flights operated each program day. Not only do the cadets fly, they are also taught the basics of ground handling and launching the aircraft, including, of course, crucial safety instruction. More than 50 cadets have been involved in the program since rides began in June. If the Maryland Wing decides the program is a success, it may buy its own aircraft for continued training. ASC pilots who have been involved in the program are Brian Collins and club President Doug Coon.