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Air Cavalry Squadron - Feb 2003

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Civil Air Patrol - Texas Wing
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7-6 Air Cav
Group 13, Texas Wing, South Western Region, Civil Air Patrol
February 2003 Volume 1, Number 2
February Highlights: 
Glider O-Flights.
AEX Gyros
7-6 Air Cav
isthe newsletter of the:7-6 Air Cavalry Civil AirPatrol CompositeSquadron, Group 13,Texas Wing.CommanderCapt. S. Dicker4724 S. ParkwayConroe, TX 77303-4355Phone:(713) 504 7154Fax:(713) 218-5550E-mail:stephen.dicker@cityofhouston.netWe’re on the Web!www.7-6aircav.com
February News
: February 7
The Squadron hosted Group 13’s SquadronLeadership School (SLS), a requirement for Senior Member’s (SM’s) level IItraining. The SLS was well attended with approximately 40 SM’s from Group13 Squadron’s and beyond participating
Glider O-Flights
: The exempt license plates finally arrived for our new van,and we made our first trip this year to the Soaring Club of Houston (SCOH) forGlider O Flights. Unfortunately while the weather was good for soaring bothdays, the grass landing strip was waterlogged from the prior heavy rains andcouldn’t be used. The cadets did receive a safety briefing and were shownseveral gliders on the ground and others in various states of repair. On theSunday trip SM Illerhaus held an AEX discussion on how gyros work in order toprovide flight instrumentation,
Houston Astros FANFEST!
The squadron provided 30-35 volunteers at the 2003 Minute Maid ParkCollege Classic. College teams from Alabama, Baylor, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, Rice, and Texas A&M provided the sport. During the tournament,many side attractions were available to the fans, which were supervised by ourmembers, such as the baseball memorabilia silent auction, autograph andphoto opportunities with famous players such as Brad Ausmus, Jeff Bagwell,Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio, Geoff Blum, Jim Deshaies, Milo Hamilton,Richard Hidalgo, Brian Hunter, Jason Lane, Julio Lugo, Drayton McLane,Orlando Merced, Wade Miller, Roy Oswalt, Terry Puhl, Jose Vizcaino, andJimmy Wynn.Additionally we handed out the FANFEST guide, and other information toarriving fans, manned the Garage Sale, Speed Pitch Machine, the AstrosExploration Zone, Kid’s Art contest, Astros Ladies League Fashion Show, andRaffle Booths.Our thanks go to 2Lt Mike Cannon who arranged our participation at this eventand our suite which formed our operational base. Thanks also to 2Lt SylviaBrumlow and M/Sgt Wes Baker who must have walked miles around thestadium making sure every activity was manned and the volunteers got relief and breaks when needed. Capt Dicker and LtCol Fruchtnicht manned theirfavorite activity, the Garage Sale, where apart from Texas Crystal (PlasticSoda Cups) the best bargain this year was the Astros folding camping stool.Our thanks also go to all those members who participated! Well Done!Any comments, news or information to communicate? Please contact 1Lt D.Ayre, the editor, and Public Affairs Officer via email atayrefam@sbcglobal.net or 281 352 1961
Columbia RecoveryMissionES Mission TrainingGroup 13 MonthlySAREX’sVan statusFamous quotesErrata
Commander’s Corner
by Capt Stephen Dicker
The NASA / Columbia disaster has really caught CAP off guard. We found outin a hurry how unprepared CAP is regarding qualified Mission Pilots, Observersand Scanners and fully equipped Ground Teams in Texas. A major effort isunderway in Group 13, which was initiated prior to the NASA disaster, tocertify aircrews to mission qualified status. Every fourth weekend of themonth, training will be held utilizing mission assigned numbers, for aircrewtraining. I urge everyone to participate. Every aviator, scanner and observerneeds to complete the aircrew survey and forward it to Col. Childs and myself.This is not only important for our mission capability, it’s important to keepthree aircraft in the Group. Texas Wing Commander, Col. Hal Parker, hasindicated to LtCol Max Hays, Group 13 Commander that we have too manyaircraft for the limited number of mission qualified aircrews located in Group13. We all know how hard it has been to get an aircraft for O-Flights, justimagine how it will be with only two aircraft. Despite the fact that Group 13places an exceptional number of flying hours on all three aircraft, it’s thenumbers of mission qualified aircrews that rules where the planes are placed.And which plane will we lose?Cadets will be allowed to participate in this monthly training, taking on flightline, communications, and ground team roles as well as being assistants toMission Staff Personnel. For more details on Cadet participation please contactCapt Dicker.For more information on CAP’s efforts in the Columbia recovery mission, visithttp://www.capnhq.gov/nhq/pa/news_info/columbia.html Our new van is operational, but not fully equipped yet. We will continue towork on the van over the next month to improve its capabilities. We haveacquired a GPS for it, which we will slave to a laptop PC for navigation andmission reporting purposes. Beware that the recall on the fuel tank vapor lockdoes not appear to have fixed the problem, and it takes a long time to refuelthe van.
Quote of the Month:
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you aredoomed if you don't try."-
Beverly Sills 
: Last month’s r
-CAP in the article “Taller Comms. Tower?” the USArmy Reserve Center, Aviation Support Facility was incorrectly referred to asthe Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility. Our apologies to allconcerned.
Watch this space for information on individual parents, seniors and cadets inthe future
Future ActivitiesMarch: 
Woodville FTX.
Glider O-Flights.
Unit Inspection
Grp 13 SAREXES TrainingCadet Programs& Calendar
Upcomming Events & Activities
Glider O-Flights:
We have rescheduled Glider O-flights for 8
& 9
March, aswell as March 15
& 16
, and April 12
& 13
. Our Gliding activity is run byCAP members of the Soaring Club of Houston at their Gliderport betweenMagnolia and Hempstead. Cadets should sign up for this activity on theSquadron’s notice board or contact 1Lt Ayre by phone at 281 367 0519 or viae-mail atayrefam@sbcglobal.net. Information about the club and its facilitiescan be found atwww.scoh.org. Cadets are encouraged to take the SoaringSociety of America’s (SSA) Wing Runner course which is available on thenational websitewww.capnhq.gov. Typically we assemble at the US ArmyReserve Center Aviation Support Facility (USARC ASF) at 0730 for an 0800 hrsdeparture, returning around 1800 hrs.
Unit Inspection:
Our squadron will be inspected by staff from the Texas Wingon March 18
, and a lot of effort on behalf on the SM’s will be directed atmaking sure our programs and records are in order for this inspection.
Woodville FTX
Our next Field Training Exercise(FTX) is scheduled for 28th Feb, and March 1st and 2nd out atWoodville (Tyler County Airport). Hone those ES skills! Departurewill be from the USARC ASF at 1800hrs Friday 28th Feb.
 Group 13 SAREX
As announced in the Commander’s Corner, Group 13 has started monthly EStraining with the aim of rapidly qualifying ES Aircrews and Ground Teams.Cadets are allowed to participate in this training in flight line, communications,and ground team roles as well as being assistants to Mission Staff Personnel.For more details on Cadet participation please contact Capt Dicker. Onetraining meeting was already held on Feb 22
and 23
, and in future they willbe held on the 4
weekend of the month. The next SAREX / Training weekendis March 21
thru 23
Cadet Call Down
February 28
Equipment: Van; Uniform: BDU
1800 – Squadron FTX at Woodville i/c Capt. Dicker
March 2
1600 - Return from FTX
March 4th - 1st Tuesday
Uniform: Blues
1900 – Opening Ceremony1915 Aerospace Class, Module 2 Aircraft Systems by SM Illerhaus2015 – Drill2055 – Closing Ceremony
March 8
Equipment: Van; Uniform: BDU + khaki shorts & running shoes
0730 – 1800 Gliding O-Flights at SCOH1000 – 1300 Commander’s Call at Ellington AFB (for SM’s)
March 9
Equipment: Van; Uniform: BDU + khaki shorts & running shoes
0730 – 1800 Gliding O-Flights at SCOH

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