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Civil Air Patrol

Post by skipperdan » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:36 am

I again encourage you Desk-Top-Pilots to visit your local Civil Air Patrol Squadron.

Here are two recent pictures of me from a training mission last weekend.

My first trainee retired from the Air Force after 24 years as a Colonel. He is currently a pilot for Southwest Airlines.

I am in the front right seat of both of these pictures.
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CAPTAIN--CIVIL AIR PATROL
...Emergency Services Training Officer
...Instructor at the Florida Wing Conference 2012.
...Mission Observer (front right seat)
...Air Operations Branch Director
...Flew several times in a Cessna 182 with G1000 (maintaining the MFD).
...Attended two day class conducted by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
...Completed training for Flight Line Marshall, Flight Release Officer, and Mission Radio Operator.

You should visit your local Civil Air Patrol Squadron and complete an application for membership.
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Please watch this video that my son made of a Discovery Flight from Albert Whitted Airport (my home base). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EMUg1jiCss
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Please check out scenery that I helped develop for Albert Whitted Airport http://www.surclaro.com/download.php?query=KSPG&op=search&cid=
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Check out this article in Air and Space Magazine concerning Albert Whitted Airport:
http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/The-Airport-That-Wouldnt-Die.html

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Re: Civil Air Patrol

Post by skipperdan » Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:23 pm

This article appeared in the weekly AOPA Bulletin


Honors sought for earliest CAP members Civilian pilots defended U.S. shores
By Dan Namowitz

As observances began for the Civil Air Patrol's seventieth anniversary, a bid to honor its earliest members who flew as civilian defenders of the nation's coastlines during World War II was making its way through Congress.

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House Resolution 719, which would award a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the World War II members of the CAP, had 108 co-sponsors as of late November. Similar legislation in the Senate, S. 418, had acquired 44 backers. The CAP is tracking the progress of the legislation on its website.

After being awarded, the gold medal would be given to the Smithsonian Institution for display.

“On Dec. 1, Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, observes 70 years of vigilant service. But the celebration won't be complete until CAP's earliest members--now in their eighties and nineties--are ‘rightly honored' with the Congressional Gold Medal,” said a CAP announcement on the status of the effort on Nov. 28.

The pilots, flying missions for the Coastal Patrol, as it was then named, at the request of the Office of Civilian Defense were credited with helping to stop U-boat attacks on supply ships outbound from U.S. ports.

In all, 90 CAP planes were forced to ditch at sea. Of 59 CAP pilots killed during World War II, 26 “were lost while on Coastal Patrol duty and seven others were seriously injured while carrying out the missions,” the CAP said. “Their wartime service was highly unusual because they were civilian volunteers flying combat missions in their own aircraft at a time when the military could not adequately respond to the U-boat threat.”

CAP's national commander, Major General Chuck Carr, considers the pilots “unsung heroes” of World War II.

“They provided selfless service, without fanfare, in defense of their homeland,” he said.

Three profiles offered by CAP capture the spirit of the pilots for whom the award would be dedicated. Charles Compton, now 94, was in his twenties when he left two jobs to join the flight staff of Coastal Patrol Base 1 in Atlantic City, N.J. He sought out subs and escorted convoys along the east coast.

World War I pilot Wylie Apte Sr. returned to the skies and searched for enemy subs off the Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts coasts in his own Waco YKS-7 biplane. He died in 1970.

Joseph W. Leonard joined CAP literally on Day One, and remained a member until his death in March 2011. He flew from Coastal Patrol Base 2 at Rehoboth Beach, Del. In a personal journal entry he related how, while surfing on a day off, he had to dodge a German torpedo.

Today, with only a few hundred of the roughly 60,000 pilots of the era still living, Carr stressed the importance of winning recognition for the group's heroism. CAP is urging members to contact their House members and senators to urge support for the bills. CAP also asks that anyone with information about CAP members who served the organization during World War II to add the information to this database.

The nonprofit CAP remains the official auxiliary of the Air Force, with more than 61,000 members. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search-and-rescue missions. In fiscal 2011, CAP was credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center with saving 54 lives, the organization said. CAP members also play a leading role in aerospace education, and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people in CAP cadet programs.

In June, the CAP was awarded a World Peace Prize by the World Peace Corps Mission in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
I AM NOT A PILOT. I JUST LOVE AVIATION.

CAPTAIN--CIVIL AIR PATROL
...Emergency Services Training Officer
...Instructor at the Florida Wing Conference 2012.
...Mission Observer (front right seat)
...Air Operations Branch Director
...Flew several times in a Cessna 182 with G1000 (maintaining the MFD).
...Attended two day class conducted by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
...Completed training for Flight Line Marshall, Flight Release Officer, and Mission Radio Operator.

You should visit your local Civil Air Patrol Squadron and complete an application for membership.
.
Please watch this video that my son made of a Discovery Flight from Albert Whitted Airport (my home base). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EMUg1jiCss
.
Please check out scenery that I helped develop for Albert Whitted Airport http://www.surclaro.com/download.php?query=KSPG&op=search&cid=
.
Check out this article in Air and Space Magazine concerning Albert Whitted Airport:
http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/The-Airport-That-Wouldnt-Die.html

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Re: Civil Air Patrol

Post by skipperdan » Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:40 am

About a year ago while performing a “Walk-About” around our airport, I met Michelle and asked her if she would be interested in speaking to our squadron. She flies the helicopter located at Albert Whitted Airport and reports the traffic conditions. She agreed to speak to our Civil Air Patrol Squadron next Wednesday. I am really looking forward to hearing what she has to say about some of her experiences.

· Accidents
· Bridges Closed
· Traffic Jams
· Flooded roads that are not passable
· Fires
· Etc
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I AM NOT A PILOT. I JUST LOVE AVIATION.

CAPTAIN--CIVIL AIR PATROL
...Emergency Services Training Officer
...Instructor at the Florida Wing Conference 2012.
...Mission Observer (front right seat)
...Air Operations Branch Director
...Flew several times in a Cessna 182 with G1000 (maintaining the MFD).
...Attended two day class conducted by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
...Completed training for Flight Line Marshall, Flight Release Officer, and Mission Radio Operator.

You should visit your local Civil Air Patrol Squadron and complete an application for membership.
.
Please watch this video that my son made of a Discovery Flight from Albert Whitted Airport (my home base). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EMUg1jiCss
.
Please check out scenery that I helped develop for Albert Whitted Airport http://www.surclaro.com/download.php?query=KSPG&op=search&cid=
.
Check out this article in Air and Space Magazine concerning Albert Whitted Airport:
http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/The-Airport-That-Wouldnt-Die.html

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Re: Civil Air Patrol

Post by mel wilson » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:42 am

I hope that's not an ashtray I see in the rear of that seat Skip !

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Re: Civil Air Patrol

Post by harkgoddammit » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:12 pm

That's the mini-bar, lol.
Nice going on your aviation endeavors and contribution.
I'm sure some pictures of Michelle would be welcome too. :wink:

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Re: Civil Air Patrol

Post by skipperdan » Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:05 pm

I will make arrangements to meet with her before the crowd arrives so that someone can take pictures of me with Michelle. I need a new screen saver. Here is my recent response from Michelle:

Hi Dan,

I am considering the idea of bringing the helicopter on its dolly over to your location, so that CAP members and the cadet squadron can have the opportunity to see the aircraft up close and sit in the seats.

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PS: I was at the Tampa Exec Airport all day completing my training for Air Operations Branch Director for the Civil Air Patrol. Now that I have completed my second training Mission, I can officially perform the duties of Air Operations Branch Director.

PICTURES TO FOLLOW--Hold your breath until after Wednesday night.
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I AM NOT A PILOT. I JUST LOVE AVIATION.

CAPTAIN--CIVIL AIR PATROL
...Emergency Services Training Officer
...Instructor at the Florida Wing Conference 2012.
...Mission Observer (front right seat)
...Air Operations Branch Director
...Flew several times in a Cessna 182 with G1000 (maintaining the MFD).
...Attended two day class conducted by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
...Completed training for Flight Line Marshall, Flight Release Officer, and Mission Radio Operator.

You should visit your local Civil Air Patrol Squadron and complete an application for membership.
.
Please watch this video that my son made of a Discovery Flight from Albert Whitted Airport (my home base). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EMUg1jiCss
.
Please check out scenery that I helped develop for Albert Whitted Airport http://www.surclaro.com/download.php?query=KSPG&op=search&cid=
.
Check out this article in Air and Space Magazine concerning Albert Whitted Airport:
http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/The-Airport-That-Wouldnt-Die.html

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Re: Civil Air Patrol

Post by skipperdan » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:00 am

Per your request, here is a good picture of me with Michelle. She is the pilot for the helicopter that reports traffic several times per day in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Michelle made a great presentation and answered many of the technical questions that were posed by our senior members. I was very pleased to have been able to arrange for her to speak to our squadron.

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If this picture was taken from a different angle, you would have seen the 18 wheelers, tents, and workers getting ready for the Honda St. Pete Grand Prix (in two days) that runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Our airport is the center point of the race with runway 7/25 serving as the straight-away. This is the first Honda Grand Prix of the season.
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I AM NOT A PILOT. I JUST LOVE AVIATION.

CAPTAIN--CIVIL AIR PATROL
...Emergency Services Training Officer
...Instructor at the Florida Wing Conference 2012.
...Mission Observer (front right seat)
...Air Operations Branch Director
...Flew several times in a Cessna 182 with G1000 (maintaining the MFD).
...Attended two day class conducted by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
...Completed training for Flight Line Marshall, Flight Release Officer, and Mission Radio Operator.

You should visit your local Civil Air Patrol Squadron and complete an application for membership.
.
Please watch this video that my son made of a Discovery Flight from Albert Whitted Airport (my home base). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EMUg1jiCss
.
Please check out scenery that I helped develop for Albert Whitted Airport http://www.surclaro.com/download.php?query=KSPG&op=search&cid=
.
Check out this article in Air and Space Magazine concerning Albert Whitted Airport:
http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/The-Airport-That-Wouldnt-Die.html

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Re: Civil Air Patrol

Post by Trijet_Dispatcher » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:15 pm

Civil Air Patrol was great fun as a kid. Unfortunately right after I joined, cadets were no longer allowed to fly on operational missions. I knew a lot of cadets though, who had flown as mission observers on operational missions, prior to my time. Other than O-Flights, the closest I got to flight operations during SAREXs and OPs was as flight line marshaller. All in all it was great fun though. Now I work as an Aircraft Dispatcher in corporate aviation, I'd definitely like to get back into CAP though. I'm going to try to hook up with a squadron after the new year, as the silly season has caused work to take up most of my time. Lets hear it for 60hr + weeks!
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