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Travis Hoover Squadron - Aug 2012

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 JP-8 jet fuel, are a part of the'going green' concept!.Although only in the early devel-opment stage at this time,'green' fuels are a 'thing of thefuture' that may well be realityin the very near future. Uponreading this, all cadets (and evensenior members) should con-duct further research into thisexciting development. What isthe A-10 - tell me about it.What other aircraft have beenused to test 'green' fuels?When was the last time youstudied the ALC wall presenta-tion on fuels? Let me knowwhat you've learned!
 Article Submitted By:Capt Ernie Trumbly 
A little over a year ago, wediscussed jet fuels in one of ourAE classes. Although the classtopic leaned more toward fuelsystems, we did mention alter-native fuels. Recently, on 28 June, developments in this fieldmade history when an A-10 jetfighter flew using a new fuelblend made from alcohol. Thefuel, known as ATJ (alcohol-to- jet,) is the third alternative fuelto be evaluated by the UnitedStates Air Force. ATJ is cellu-losic-based derived from cell-based material such as wood,paper, or grass. The sugars inthese products are fermentedinto alcohols which are thenhydro-processed into jet fuel.The other two alternative fuelsare SPK (synthetic paraffinickerosene) derived from coaland natural gas, and HRJ (hydroprocessed renewable jet) bio-mass fuel derived from plant oilsand animal fats. SPK has beenfully certified for operational usewhile testing has been com-pleted on HRJ and certificationis underway. All three alterna-tive fuels, designed to replacethe standard petroleum-derived
Aerospace Education Brief: Alternative FuelsFly-Ins And Splash-Ins
 Article Submitted By: Major Bill Knotts
Whereas an air show is usually aspectacular display of airmanshipand aerobatics, a fly-in or splash-in is simply a gathering of air-men and aviation enthusiasts forthe purposes of exchanginginformation, renewing aviationfriendships, and recreationalflying. A splash-in is basicallythe same as a fly-in with theexception of participants beingfloat-planes, sea-planes or am-phibians. Sometimes air showsare combined with fly-ins, butgenerally the fly-in is smaller,more informal, educational,social, and recreational. A fly-inmay also be held in conjunctionwith a local event such as amusic festival, car show, or
pilot’s club meeting. Many edu-
cational or social fly-ins arespecific for a particular type of aircraft, such as the National Bi-Plane Fly-in, Luscombe Associa-tion or Piper Comanche Own-ers Club.Most fly-ins are open to thegeneral public and may even beinternational like the annual
Experimental attended” and last
about a week. However, thereare many smaller, local fly-inswith-in day-trip driving range of  Joplin that are less crowded,less expensive, and last fromabout a half day to a long (3day) weekend. It should benoted that many aviation enthu-siasts do not own an aircraft, soone can usually see more drive-ins than fly-ins!A very popular type of fly-in isthe local breakfast or lunch fly-in! Often a percentage of thelocal population will drive in fora Saturday breakfast with thefamily instead of cooking athome or eating at the usualrestaurant. A simple breakfastor lunch is prepared and servedin a hangar or airport office bymembers of the local aviationgroup such as The ExperimentalAircraft Association, AntiqueAircraft Association, or State
Pilot’s Association. Sometimes
a non-aviation organization, like
The Lion’s Club or Elk’s Clubwill operate the “kitchen” inreturn for “donations” for their
Continued on page 2
August 19, 2012Volume 1, Issue 5
Col. Travis Hoover Composite SquadronNewsletter 
Upcoming Events:
25 August: Macy’s
Shop For A Cause
15 September: WebbCity Farmers MarketBenefit Breakfast
29 September: Alpha
Air Center’s Inaugural
Annual Fly-In
 JoplinMunicipal Airport
13 October: FitnessChallenge Celebration
19-21 October: WingConference
15 December:Wreaths AcrossAmerica Ceremony
Inside this issue:
Fly-Ins And Splash-Ins
(Continued frompage 1)
Safety Brief 
Staying Safe WhileUsing A Smart-
Basic Inland SearchAnd RescueCourse
Member Profile:Major Bill Knotts(Preview)
Missouri WingGraded SAREX
Any day-long fly-in might be
combined with a “Poker Run”
to benefit a charity. An exam-ple might be the recent (May)Piper Super Cub Associationand Oklahoma TaildraggersAssociation lasting three plusdays with demonstrations of Short Take-Off and Landings(STOL) and drawing aviatorsfrom all over North America.Beginning by flying into Gas-
ton’s White River Resort
Thursday and Friday, everyoneflew to Valley Airport on thebanks of the White River forbreakfast, then to Flippin formore STOL demonstrations,then to Turkey Mountain Air-port on Table Rock Lake forlunch. They also flew to otherdesignated airports. At eachairport, they picked up a
“poker card”, the winner wasthe one with the best “hand”.The charity “Wounded War-rior Project” benefiting Ameri-
can disabled veterans, was en-
riched by many thousand’s of 
dollars!In addition to flight demonstra-tions, an educational fly-inmight include one or moresafety seminars from the FAA
Wing’s program, dual flight
instruction, or other safety,
how to, what’s new? or related
education issues.In the Joplin area, some popu-lar 2012 local fly-ins were/are:1. Monthly - usually the firstor last Saturday of themonth - check beforegoing. Fly-in breakfast orlunch at Parsons KS;Claremore OK; PoncaOK; Turkey Mountain;South Grand Lake OK;and others.2. April -Social Breakfast,Green Onions and EggsFly-in at Cookson OK(Tenkiller Lake)3. May - 3 day Educational/Social Oklahoma Taildrag-gers Assn and Super CubOwners at Gastons andother area airfields.4. June - Social; Educational
“Gathering of Eagles”
World War I Replica Bi-Planes Fly-in, Gardner KS -Social Breakfast Fly-in,Grove OK5. July - Social EducationalInternational Fly-in/Splash-in Experimental Aircraft
Assn “Airvrnture” Osh-
kosh WI - Social BreakfastFly-in Cookson OK (MusicFeistival)6. Aug - Social Educational
Lunch SW Missouri Pilot’s
Assn Meeting Neosho,MO - Social EducationalFly-in Will Rogers/WileyPost Fly-in Dog IronRanch, Oologoh, OK7. Sep - Social Lunch Fly-inWeddington Woods AR -Social Educational EAAChapter 10 Fly-in Bartles-ville OK - Social Lunch Fly-in Airmen Acres BeanDinner, Airmen Acres OK- Social Educational SnakeCreek Fly-in Snake Creek (Tenkiller Lake) OK -Social Educational Drown-ing Creek Splash-in(Grand Lake) OK - SocialFly-in Breakfast CooksonOK8. Oct - Social Fly-in Break-fast/Lunch and MusicOswego KS - Social Edu-cational 2 Day Splash-in/Fly-in Octoberfest, FAASafety Lake Texoma TX9. Dec - Social Fly-in ChiliLunch Vinita OK
Fly-Ins And Splash-Ins
(Continued from page 1) 
 Staying Safe While Using A Smartphone
save this information.Rule #2
Avoid public Wi-Ficonnections. It is easier forhackers to access your phone.Rule #3
Install/activate loca-tion tracking. Most phoneshave a feature that allows youto find a lost/stolen phone, lock it remotely, and wipe it re-motely so that no one can getaccess to your information. If your phone does not have thisfeature, download a similarapplication.Rule #4
Only download appsfrom a trusted source.Rule #5
Install updates foryour phone. Keeping currentwith the latest updates willmake your phone less vulner-able to hackers.Rule #6
When conductingfinancial transactions over yourphone, make sure you are on asecure website. A secure web-site starts with https:// insteadof http://. Secure websites willalso have a small lock icon inthe lower right corner of thescreen.
 Article Submitted By:2d Lt Stephanie Workman
Mobile phone devices are eve-rywhere these days. While theyare extremely handy gadgets tohave around, they also comewith some risks. Smartphones(mobile phones with enhancedcapabilities similar to those of computers) pose the greatestthreat. By following a fewguidelines, you can stay safewhile using your smartphone.Rule #1
Lock your phonewith a password. Avoid using
obvious codes and don’t auto
Page 2 Col. Travis Hoover Composite Squadron Newsletter 
“...a fly 
-in issimply a gathering of airmen and aviation
Be Smart WithSmartphones
The Air Force Rescue Coordi-nation Center (AFRCC) held aBasic Inland Search and RescueCourse (BISC) on July 14-15.This course was held at theNational Guard site in JeffersonCity, MO and was taught byDan Conley with AFRCC. Thepurpose of the course, asstated on the AFRCC website,is to bring search and rescue(SAR) from a federal perspec-tive. The course covers SARNetwork Overview, AFRCC,Resources and Mission Types,Radar and Cell Phone Foren-sics, Beacons, FAA, MissionOperations to include searchtheory/family and media.The AFRCC has a mission toprovide 24 hour rescue coordi-nation capability to assist bothmilitary and civilian persons indistress in support of the Na-tional SAR plan. They are thecoordinator for all aeronauticalSAR within the 48 states. How-ever, local and state SAR agen-cies can also contact them forhelp with missing personsearches, disaster relief, or anyemergency for which they needadditional support. They canprovide radar data, cell phoneforensics, crash locator data-base information, and more toassist with locating missingaircraft/persons. They can alsocoordinate Civil Air Patrolresources, the National Guard,and Department of Defenseassets to accomplish a mission.Another facet of their missionis to educate military and CivilAir Patrol members throughthe BISC and the National SARSchool.The BISC is a two day coursethat is a precursor to the moreintense five day Inland SARClass taught at the NationalSAR School. The AFRCC in-structors travel all over theU.S. to make these coursesavailable to interested atten-dees. I had the honor of at-tending the BISC in July, and itwill change the way I approachSAR. The first day was an in-tensive classroom discussion of all that the AFRCC does, thestructure of a mission, the legalregulations, and the resourcesavailable for SAR. I learned justhow important having solidgoals and plans early in a mis-sion is. However, my favoritepart of day one was learningabout search theory. The pur-pose of using search theory isto maximize the chances of finding the objective of a searchin the minimum amount of timeusing the available resources. Ittakes into account the searcharea, the speed and knowledgeof the searchers, resources, the
objectives’ behavior, scenario
development, etc. We then gotto put the information welearned on day one to use onday two.Day two was an entire dayspent in a tabletop exercise asa command center for a SARmission. We broke down intogroups of four and assignedpositions such as IncidentCommander, Operations Offi-cer, Public Information Officer,and Family Liaison. We thenreceived a mission starting withclues on the last known posi-tion of a missing aircraft. As agroup, we decided how toutilize the given resources tosearch, where to place re-sources, how to speak with thefamily, etc. Only when we satis-factorily met these goals did wereceive the next clue. The ex-ercise was a wonderful learningexperience, and I am happy tosay that the group I was in wasthe first to locate the downedaircraft and family.The BISC is an incredible eventto attend for anyone wishing toadvance their SAR skills. Theinformation is up-to-date, andit is coming directly from thepeople who coordinate SAReveryday. The course is well-presented and engaging, and itwill improve our SAR responseand capabilities.I had the opportunity to inter-view Bill over dinner recentlyand have all the material I needto craft an article highlighting just a few of the experiences of a very fascinating individual.Only when you can answer thefollowing questions can youtruly appreciate just who ourMajor Bill Knotts is:28 August 2012 will mark the50 year anniversary of Major
Bill Knotts’ membership in the
Civil Air Patrol.Major Knotts is a huge asset toour squadron. He has storiesto tell and life-lessons to teachnot only from his years in theCivil Air Patrol, but also fromhis 24 years of service in theUnited States Army, and fromhis 50+ years as an aviator.1. What did he have to do toobtain his pilots license?2. What CAP squadron washe a founding member of?3. How did he react whenthe commander at asquadron he joined didnot accept his rank?Look for answers to these andmany more probing questions
in next month’s newsletter.
Basic Inland Search and Rescue CourseMember Profile: Major Bill Knotts (Preview)
Page 3Volume 1, Issue 4
1st Lt Andi EdwardsCadet Knotts BeingPresented His CAP Pi-
lot’s Wings
 Article Submitted By:1st Lt Andi Edwards

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