Hello folks, new around these parts and saw this and felt the need to add my 2 cents to this discussion.
I am also in CAP but since I work in Europe currently am on Patron status (no grade just SM=Senior Member and in NHQ). Like some other people here I am ex-military (in my case Army). I have spent some time in training while at CAP and worked with some very fine cadets and Commanders in Utah, New Jersey, and Las Vegas.
CAP is very military-like and has regs, laws and rules simular to the Army and Air Force. Having said that it doesn’t mean that its not for you. It is not however an ideal option to only get to fly cheaply.
Cap does General Emergency Services which is also Search And Rescue, since I am a First Responder myself I can tell you that its alot more than “just” flying.
There is alot of responsiblity that also goes along with being a CAP officer or cadet and being in a drill, mission or exercise. I would like to believe that it helps cadets get a sense of direction from great Senior Members that work together to help the community. Like many things you get what you put into it.
Here are some suggestions to flying cheaply
1.) Join a Flying Club
2.) Buy a block of hours at your nearest FBO
3.) Get a home build kit (and build it) but also do this with a group of people that have either already built one or know how to.
4.) Join a glider club, either as a tug plane pilot or glider pilot, or both (this is the cheapest way to fly but also takes alot of time away from you and the family).
5.) Fly an ultralight or VLA
That’s my advice. In Germany and Europe in general I pay about 8 a gallon for normal unleaded gas, and about 190 plus tax an hour for a 152…
I also pay per landing around 20 $ depending on which airport I land at.
P.S. Hope this helps, if you need anymore info just email me.
P.S.S. If you have family or friends currently serving that need care packs let me know. (here is the website for Unit support–> military.support.network.org