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Pell City Squadron - Sep 2009

Pell City Squadron - Sep 2009

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Pell City SquadronAlabama Wing
Civil Air Patrol
September 2009
Sep. 3th Cadet & Staff Meeting 1800-203010th Cadet Meeting 1800-2030Officers Meeting 1830-203012
Commanders Call MXF17th Cadet Meeting 1800-203018
-19th Squadron FTX24
Cadet Meeting 1800-2030Officers Meeting 1830-2030
Commanders Corner:
LeadershipThe dictionary gives us four definitions for the
noun “leadership”:
The position or function
of a leader” “ability to lead” “an act orinstance of leading; guidance; direction”  “the leaders of a group” 
I am sure when thisword is heard we all have a somewhat differentopinion of what are good traits of a leader. Just like
when a team is down it is the cheerleaders‟ job to
continue to try and keep the fans and the team up sothat they can come back from losing situations. We,as leaders, must continue to rally the troops tocontinue on whatever it is that we are tasked withdoing. I believe that one of the best traits of leadership is to be able to come up with a plan andwhen the plan does not materialize just as weenvisioned it we can continue on and not getbogged down in the facts that the plan was notexecuted exactly as we wanted it to be. Asmembers of the CAP we are often asked toaccomplish a task. In other words we are given amission. How we plan and execute the mission saysa lot about us as a leader. If our plan does not gothe way we planned it we must be able to come upwith an alternate plan. This could mean thedifference between life and death. If we are tryingto find a crash site and we cannot access the areawhere we believe the site is we must come up with
a “work around” or alternate plan. We must
persevere or the victims may not live. Not all of ourmissions are life and death. However, we as leadersneed to approach every mission as though theywere. Take them seriously and you will find thatyou are being followed. Be a good leader inwhatever you do, this country needs excellentleadership. It starts right here and with each one of us.
Capt. Chris IddinsSquadron Commander, 118
Washington crossing the Delaware
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First Lieutenant Ron Harlan
Safety Corner:
We are only a few days away from completing the101 Days of Summer that are ripe with opportunityfor serious accidents. Hopefully, you and yourfamily have come through the summer with noincidents. Even after Labor Day, there are manychances, with our lingering warm weather toencounter the same dangers we may have avoided
this summer, so…be careful!
 Also, we still have two or three months of hurricanepossibilities so be sure and check on the FEMA website I recommended previously.For the flight crews: I recently read an article inAviation Safety magazine that contained, what I
thought, were some excellent suggestions…see
what you think. As you know, most of our CAPflight operations are conducted under the FAR Part91 rules. This is what most private flyers and mostof general aviation adheres to. There is another part;FAR Part 135 that applies to commuter and on-demand commercial operations and it is generallymore specific in its requirements and a little moredemanding of the flight crews. The author, LeeSmith, makes the supposition that some of the
of Part 135 operators would be verygood voluntary safety enhancements for Part 91operators as well.One example is the requirement that departing IFRin 135 requires specific minimums that a 91 would
not have to adhere to and many pilots don‟t.
Fortunately, CAPR 60-1, paragraph 2-19.a-2specifically forbids a CAP aircraft to depart anairport in IMC unless the weather is at least thatrequired by the instrument procedure to land there.So, in their wisdom, our CAP reg. writers have
already required us adhere to Lee‟s first suggestion.
Another one that is not covered in our CAPR‟s, is
that part 91 pilots can depart an airport and choosenot to comply with runway specific departureminimums or departure procedures. A 135 must do
this. Why wouldn‟t we want to do this too?
Considerable thought has been put into creating thedeparture procedures and, especially at a strangeairport you will increase your margin of safetyconsiderably by following the procedures.A part 135 pilot cannot begin an approach to adestination airport unless the reported weather thereis above the minimums for the procedure to be used.In other words, if the weather at the airport is belowthat required to land, why bother? Lee makes thepoint that it is a lot safer and less stressful holdingat an interim point waiting for the weather toimprove than it is shooting the approach and havingto fly the missed procedure. Of course, anotheradded safety factor here is that many pilots aresorely tempted to fly the approach and make it work even if it is not safe. Part 91 pilots can fly theapproach as many times as they desire but themargin of safety seems to decrease with each try if the accident records are correct. Why not use the135 guideline and shoot the approach only whenthere is an excellent chance that it results in alanding?These are just a few of the 135 requirements that, if 
adopted voluntarily by us 91‟s, m
ay add to oursafety. We have some 135 pilots with our squadronand I ask them to help us come up with some moreitems that we may want to put in our flight bags.
Stay Safe! Ronald Harlan,Safety OfficerSquadron 118
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Cadets Page
And the winners are
The first annual Safety Poster Contest is over.Congratulations to the winners. As some of youknow, before we could even finish our squadroncontest, the Alabama Wing expressed a desire for usto expand the contest to the wing level. We hadhoped that this would eventually happen however,
we didn‟t expect it to happen so soon. This would
be entries from winners of local squadron contests.Plans are being finalized for that contest now.There are two age groups in the contest. Thewinners of the Pell City Squadron contest for age12-15 are 1
place, Brian Scott, and 2
place,Rachel Shurbutt. We only had one entry in the 16-19 age group by Jerrod Finlay but, it was anexcellent poster and would be hard to beat. Firstplace winners received a $20.00 prize and thesecond place winner received $10.00. All threeposters will be entered into the Wing contest andhave an equal opportunity to win. We are proud of the winners and want to wish them good luck at thewing level.Our hope is that some of the winning posters will beapproved for national printing and show our cadet
talents. This isn‟t the main reason for the contest
however. The main reason for the contest is to raisethe awareness of the need for Safety. Whether onthe ground or in the air, Safety MUST be our mainfocus as we perform our missions within the CivilAir Patrol.Eddie Shurbutt2LT, SER-AL-118
Changing of the Guard:
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, the Pell CityComposite Squadron will hold a Change of Command Ceremony. Our Deputy Commander forCadets, Maj. John Randolph Sr. will relinquish hisposition due to moving out of the area. He has heldthe DCC position since May 2006. He started his journey in CAP as a Cadet which makes quite aresume of achievements and training throughout theyears. He will still be involved in our squadron aswe make this transition. We appreciate hisleadership and experience in so many areas. Hecurrently is serving as the Communications Officer,Emergency Services Officer, ProfessionalDevelopment Officer, and the Testing Officer. Hehas also served as Aerospace Education Officer. Wethank him for all his years of faithful service.1st Lt. Cynthia Bennett, who joined CAP in Oct2004, will take over the duties of DeputyCommander for Cadets. 1st Lt. Cynthia Bennett iscurrently serving as Squadron Activities Officer,Aerospace Education Officer, and Asst. TestingOfficer. She has many Emergency ServicesAchievements and has completed numerousProfessional Development Courses. One of her firstorders of business as the new DCC will be to host aSquadron FTX the very next week. Then she will bepreparing the squadron for Wing EmergencyServices School (WESS), Iron Man Competition,CyberPatriots II Competition, Area Airshows,NESA, and many more exciting activities. Weknow the Pell City Composite Squadron will be ingreat hands.We honor the hard work that Maj. John RandolphSr. has put into the squadron as well as welcome,with confidence, 1st Lt. Cindy Bennett as sheaccepts her new position as Deputy Commander forCadets.The Change of Command Ceremony will be held atthe Pell City Community Center on Sept. 10, 2009at 7pm.Jeannie Scott, 2nd Lt CAP

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