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NY Catskill Group - Sep 2008

NY Catskill Group - Sep 2008

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Mountain Spirit
OFFICAL NEWSLETTER OF CATSKILL MOUNTAIN GROUP
SERVING ROCKLAND, ORANGE, ULSTER, SULLIVAN and DELAWARE COUNTIESSept. 2008 Vol.1 No.3
CITIZENS SERVING COMMUNITIES: ABOVE AND BEYOND
In This Issue
Safety is NOAccidentPAO AcademyNYW EncampmentHonorsCMG New Aircraft
CalendarOEvents
Leadership Bivouac 
10
th
-12
th
October
Region Conference 
At Newport RI17-18 October 2008
 GROUP MEETING7:30
Second Thursday atOrange County Airport
www.cap-ny035.org
Safety is No Accident
By 1Lt. Lawrence J. Wenz- CMG Safety Officer
 
There is good reason why CAP NHQ considers safety to be aprimary goal for all members. Without safe operations, we wouldcease to exist. As long as we perform our volunteer duties in a safemanner, we can continue to serve our communities and country.Unfortunately, on a national scale, during the 2008 fiscal year, CAPaccrued a huge increase over previous years in damage to flight andground equipment. Flight losses during the 2008 fiscal year totaledover $660,000 and ground losses totaled over $105,000. Theselosses are triple the losses of preceding years. And these figures, of course, do not include the tragic loss of life of some of our members.Because of this disturbing trend CAP NHQ is placing increasedemphasis on members attending their monthly safety briefings. If youare unable to attend your unit’s safety briefing, you
mus
t review thesafety material before being allowed to participate in any subsequentCAP activity. Let your squadron safety officer know that you haveself-briefed the material and he or she can record your name ashaving reviewed the material – and you are ready to go. Althoughsome of the safety topics may appear mundane at times, all one hasto do is peruse the monthly Sentinel for the types of “mundane” accidents that occur every month in the air, on the ground, and atcadet activities. Keep in mind that these monthly briefings are only asmall part of the larger need for safe behavior within CAP and in yourdaily life.NHQ has also designated October, the first month of the newfiscal year, to include the annual Safety Down Day. This day is to beundertaken by all units within CAP. It is meant to be a joint venturefrom various members of each unit whether they are ground, flyingunits or cadets. Each commander, along with his or her safety officer,is responsible for making sure that Safety Down Day is completed in ameaningful way.Remember,
Safety Is No Accident
. If safety is to be our numberone priority it must become a conscious mental effort by every CAPmember. Just as pilots and crew members must use checklists foreach phase of our flight activities, so that we do not overlookimportant actions, we must find a way to include the mind set of  “safety first” in every activity that we engage in.
 
CATSKILLMOUNTAINSQUADRONS
Orange County CadetSquadron NY-030www.cap-ny030.orgRockland Cadet SquadronNY-072www.rocklandcadetsquadron.blogspot.comSullivan County CadetSquadron NY-387www.sccscap.comUlster County CompositeSquadron NY-395Orange County SeniorSquadron NY-413www.cap-ny-413.orgPage 2
One way to accomplish this is to become involved in activities,such as the FAA’s WINGS program, which encourages pilots to havean on-going involvement in safety activities throughout the entireyear. For example, the WINGS program includes a course onOperational Risk Management known as the
Three P program
. Itstands for Perceive, Process and Perform in order to mitigate potentialharmful situations. For non-pilots, ORM should also be an essentialand on-going process in their activities. An excellent article to read isThe Right Attitude by John Olcott. It can be found in the January2008 AOPA Pilot magazine. His thesis is that private pilots can fly “like the pros”. It is all about one’s attitude toward flying, or anyactivity for that matter.Of a more immediate concern is that the long days of summerare now behind us. For pilots, this means much more night flying.Now is the time to brush up on our night flying skills. If you arefeeling at all uncomfortable about flying at night, arrange to fly withone of our own CFIs. They are here to help us keep current andproficient. Although night flying accidents are a small part of theoverall accident picture, part of which has to do simply with the fewernumber of hours flown at night, the consequences of night accidentstend to be more severe. We are prone to many nighttime illusionsthat can lead to tragic mishaps. So, let’s get up there and remainproficient.With the previously mentioned accident losses in mind, allmembers of the CMG have reason to be proud about our safetyrecord. It is my understanding that we have had no mishaps over thepast two years. This certainly is not the result of luck. Eachcommander, safety officer and member of all CMG units hascontributed to this excellent safety record. However, we cannot reston our laurels. When we begin to ease up on our “safety first” attitudethen that will be the first error in the “chain” of errors that leads to amishap. So, let us all live the CAP motto “Always Vigilant”.
Northeast Region Conference
October 17-18, 2008Newport Marriott Hotel and Resort, Newport,RI
 
go to www.ner.cap.gov/conference/ 
 
 
 
Promotions
CONGRATULATIONS TOTHE FOLLOWING
Cadets from NY-030Connor NoonanAirman to Airman FirstClassCory Rissinger AirmanBasic to AirmanMatthew Smith AirmanFirst Class to SeniorAirmanJarvandi TarbaniaAirman First Class toSenior AirmanPaxton CarlsonAirman First Class toSenior AirmanJason Zwart SeniorMaster Sgt. to Chief Master Sgt.Cadets from NY-387C/MSgt ChristopherSheridan to C/SMSgt.C/Amn NicholasFerrara to C/A1C.
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Major Barry attends PAO Academy in FLA.
Major Kevin Barry joined other Civil Air Patrol public affairsofficers from across the nation for the 2008 CAP Public AffairsOfficer Academy at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla. A CAPmember since 1992, Major Barry served as the GroupCommander for two years and currently is assigned as PublicAffair Officer for Catskill Mountain Group based at Orange CountyAirport. Major Barry is ground team and aircrew qualified. Thissummer he also completed the week long Advanced PublicInformation Officer course held at FEMA training faucilty inEmmittburgs, Maryland.The CAP PAO academy featured seminars on media relations,crisis communication, public relations planning, writing and more.The guest speaker was CNN space and avaition correspondentMiles O’Brien; he covered the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia in2003, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the search for Steve Fossettin 2007. “CAP’s 900 PAOs across America work tirelessly to help thecommunities we serve understand who we are and what we do,” said Brig. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP national commander. “Professional development opportunities such as this one ensurethat CAP members have the resources and the skills to reach theirfull potential as volunteers.” New York Wing received several Major Howell Balsem Awardsfor 2008. Top Newsletter "Wheels Up!, 1st Lt Bob Stronach,Certificate of Excellence "Props and Foggles, Capt Peter Milano,SEG. For website - www.capli.com, The Col. Francis S.Gabreski Squadron, Maj Lou Fenech, Jr. For top Brochure/ Poster/Flyer, Recruiting post card, Capt Cheryl Dorfman, Gabreski Sqdn.,Writing For Media Certificate of Merit: "Cadet's A Life Saver", CaptJim Ridley
NYW Encampment Honors
By D'Layna J. Blauvelt, C/Capt,
Congratulations to
C/SMSgt Kerri Sheridan for receiving two challenge coins, TheBravo Brawlers which, C/SMSgt Kerri Sheridan was the Flight Sergeant received theaward of Honor Flight of Encampment. C/2nd Lt. Mark Teubl received the award of Honor Executive Staff Officer.

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