Cloquet Woman Takes CAP Teacher Orientation Flight Over Duluth And Superior

By KBJR News 1

November 7, 2010 Updated Nov 7, 2010 at 11:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
Captain Jeremy Langrock of the Civil Air Patrol is doing the pre–flight check on a CAP Cessna.
When he's not volunteering for the Air Force's Auxiliary, he works for Lockheed Martin and helps maintain the 148th's F–16's.
Aviation has long been one of his loves.
"I've been a member of CAP since 1990 so I've been in a long time. I started as a cadet and I've loved it ever since." said Langrock.
Captain Langrock is sharing his love of flying with Jen Mangan of Cloquet.
She just got back to the Northland after teaching middle school science in Arizona for several years.
She' recently enrolled as an Aerospace Education Member of the Civil Air Patrol and this aerial trip around the Twin Ports is called a teacher orientation flight.
Langrock loves giving them to new members.
"They are a lot of fun. It's always fun taking up someone that hasn't flown or hasn't had a lot of experience flying before." said the CAP pilot.
The flight offers views of our region rarely seen by people other than pilots.
The old Rice Lake landfill looks like terraced farm field.
U.M.D. shows off its impressive size from the air.
Lake Superior College also appears immense from aloft.
Jen, who is working on her pilot's license, enjoyed the trip.
"It was good. It was a good experience. I just went through ground school so it was nice to get up in the area and see how big Duluth is." said Mangan.
I'm also a CAP education member so Jeremy let Jen and me try the controls during the flight.
We both managed to avoid any serious mistakes on a run to Cloquet and back.
"You did a good job. I had a lot of fun." laughed Langrock.
Jeremy Langrock hopes others will join him in the sky for that kind of fun.
He says there are plenty of aviation opportunities in CAP for student cadets, regular members and education members like Jen and I.
"It's something you really have to check out. It's a secret a lot of people don't know about but it's a great opportunity and it's a lot of fun." said Langrock.
Up to 3800 feet above Duluth, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.
People interested in volunteer opportunities with the Civil Air Patrol can find out more at CAP's website gocivilairpatrol.com
Another volunteer service, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, also has an aviation program. Find out about them at cgaux.org