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Black Sheep Squadron - Mar 2009

Black Sheep Squadron - Mar 2009

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Civil Air Patrol - Colorado Wing
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Colorado Wing’s newest aircraft is
a T-182 equipped withthe G1000 glass cockpit. Black Sheep member Lt. Col. BobBeabout ferried the Cessna to Buckley AFB from the manu-facturer in Independence, Kansas after what Beabout called“the most intense training course I’ve ever been through.”
Edited by Capt. Scott Orr, CAP / BSSS PAO March, 2009
Ground Team Gets to Work
Ground-pounding Black Sheep to back up Air Ops
 By Capt. Scott Orr  BSSS PAO
A new Black Sheep Senior Squadron ground search team is pre-paring to extend the reach of the squadron’s search and rescue op-erations. Although the Black Sheep unit, like most CAP seniorsquadrons, has been known as a “flying squadron,” several mem-bers, led by Lt. Col. Sid Altum, have taken up the mantle of “Ground Pounder” and are currently in training for upcoming mis-sions.Lt. Col. Altum points out that the switch from the older 121.5ELTs to the 406 MHz version will likely make the role of theground team even more important than it is currently, a job hecalls “investigative.”“We are looking at [a need for] more airport ramp checks, andcommunity investigations to ascertain information about missingaircraft,” said Altum.The Black Sheep ground team currently rosters seven members,with interest from several others. It has been called on four ELTmissions, but, despite very good response times, has receivedstand-down orders before deployment.Training has been critical to the success of this effort. “We work together well and have the requisite skills necessary to accomplishUDT and ES missions,” said Altum. “There is a camaraderie de-veloping that will allow us to be extremely effective and assistother units in the group and the wing in actual missions and intraining.Members of the team take the role seriously"In the Civil Air Patrol no matter the duty, eventually groundteams will be involved in resolving the search, rescue, or recov-ery,” said 1st Lt. Ed O’Brien, one of the new ground team mem-bers. “To train, understand, and experience these necessary skillsallows every aircrew and operations or planning staff member tobetter serve the mission. In the air, we observe. On the ground, wecomplete the mission."
The Black Sheep Senior Squadron (RMR-CO-162) is a unit of the Civil Air Patrol,the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization with over 56,000 members nationwide providing Emergency Services,Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs.All material in this newsletter is copyright 2009 by the Black Sheep Senior Squadronand may not be reproduced without permission.
Phelka delivers Black Sheep awards
Kholos to receive “Member of the Year” citationposthumously
In his first visit to a Black Sheep Senior Squadron meeting sincehis appointment as Colorado Wing Commander, Col. Ed Phelkatook the opportunity to present several awards and annnouncethat former BSSS Commander Col. Norman G. Kholos, whodied in January, had been chosen the Wing’s “Senior Member of the Year” for 2008.The award will be presented at the Wing Conference in April.“This is actually an award the recognizes a member’s lifetime of work with CAP,” Phelka told Black Sheep members assembledat a meeting held February 19.He presented BSSS member 1st Lt. Ed O’Brien with a Com-mander’s Commendation for the work O’Brien has done asColorado Wing Heritage Project Officer. O’Brien has been in-strumental in uncovering significant information about CAPfounder Maj. Gen John F. Curry and in creating a museum
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New members are always welcome at theBlack Sheep Senior Squadron. You don’tneed to be a pilot to join, nor do you need amilitary background or experience. Visit oneof our regular meetings, held the first andthird Thursday of each month,7:30 pm, in the lobby of theCentennial Airport control tower.
Major Gary Hubbard
Deputy Commander:
Maj. Robert York
Public Affairs Officer:
 Capt. Scott Orr
Safety Officer:
Capt. John Mitchell
Emergency Services Officer:
Capt. Brandon Nadrash
Finance Officer:
Capt. Ronald Pearce
 1Lt. Edward O’Brien
Squadron Information
Black Sheep Senior Sqdn.CO-162
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March, 2009Cessna 182R aircraft usable fuel quiz
by Lt. Col.Jim Jenkins
1. When the airplane is fueled to reduced capacity (bottom edge of the filler neck tab), what is the total usable fuel load (gallons)?a. 65b. 66c. 67d. 682. You have a sharp scanner and he is doing an engine instrument scan during themission (because you briefed him to do that, right?). He looks at the fuel quantityindicators and says over the intercom very calmly "THE LEFT TANK FUELQUANTITY IS POINTING AT EMPTY!" How many gallons of usable fuel re-main in the left tank?a. 4b. 3c. 2d. 1
Answers on next page
“I’m just a storyteller,”
said 1st Lt. EdO’Brien (left), after being awarded a Com-mander’s Commendation by Colorado WngCommander Col. Ed Phelka for his work asWing Heritage Project Officer.
museum exhibit documenting theCivil Air Patrol’s largest single-incident “save,” which took place in1978 in Colorado. Rocky MountainAirways flight 217 went down nearBuffalo Pass, and, due in part to theefforts of a CAP ground team, 20 of the 22 people aboard the flight sur-vived.Phelka also presented the Grover Lo-erning Award to Major Mikhail Belovfor completion of Professional Devel-opment Level 3 and the
Paul E. Gar-ber Award to Lieutenant ColonelTodd McIntyre for completion of Level 4.
Black Sheep cited by Wing Commander
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Wildlife Fence Coming to SBS
A grant from the Federal Aviation Administra-tion will fund construction of an improvedfence to keep wildlife off the runways and taxi-ways at Steamboat Springs Airport.The money, $48,693, will cover about 90% of the cost to build the barrier; the Colorado Aero-nautical Fund is also helping to pay the bill.Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said thefence will likely be a eight-feet high and willguard against deer and elk, among other smallcritters that sometimes enter the airport prop-erty.It will be placed along Routt County Road 129,DuBord said
Col. Phelka also brought to the meetingsome G1000 training materials, such as thislarge poster of the PFD/MFD display, whichhe handed off to Lt. Col. Bob Beabout foruse in teaching the new avionics package toBlack Sheep pilots.

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