1 JULY 2007
The newsletter of U.S. Civil Air PatrolComposite Squadron 11 (CA-435)•Palm Springs, CA
Training ﬂights readypilots and observers
Capt. Roy Heimburger, Lt. Don Cook, and Maj. RoyHofheinz discuss notes during a brieﬁng Saturday,June 16 for a training ﬂight from Palm Springs tolocate an ELT set off in a nearby canyon.
Squadron 11 helda downed aircraftsimulation exerciseSaturday, June 16to train MissionPilots and MissionObservers for fu-ture searches.Five three-person aircrewsconsisting of pilot,observer, and aninstructor ﬂewhour-long mis-sions from a mis-sion base in PalmSprings tolocateacanvas target andpractice ELT acti-vated in the moun-tainous ter-rain in theMorongo Basin.“(The crews) alldid very well,” saidthe Mission Com-mander, Capt. RoyHeimburger, afterthe mission. “Theywere all very welltrained.
Capt. Gary Schultz, left,and Lt. Don Cook, right,locate points along asectional at mission basebefore ﬂying a trainingsortie Saturday, June 16.
Our Home, Sweet HomeWe’re probably one of the most blessedsquadrons in all of the United States. Asidefrom the fact we have such wonderful peopleto hang with, we have an incredible home.For an aviation-oriented organization – likeours – to have their headquarters in an AirMuseum is amazing.We have our headquarters and we also havethe Museum’s permission to use the BuddyRogers Theater (which we call “the auditori-um”) and, if we ask, they will let us use the up-stairs classroom – which has ﬂight simulators– and we can use the tarmac, the parking lot,space out on the hangar ﬂoor.See what I mean? We really are blessed.I’d like to suggest that we start giving back(more) to the Palm Springs Air Museum… and,that we tighten up our security. Speciﬁcally:
1. When the Museum requests a color guardfrom CAP Squadron 11 it would be absolutelywonderful if we always gave them that colorguard. What can we do to ensure that that al-ways happens?2. Let’s take a look at cleaning some airplanes.It would be a great organization/leadership ex-ercise for cadets to lead teams of cadets andSr/Spt Members in using some Pledge and ragsto clean WWII airplanes (in a 1-hour period?).3. Security. Let’s start using the door-bell atour entrance into the Paciﬁc Hanger. We needto develop a strong awareness that an unau-thorized person might try to enter the Museumthrough our door on a Wednesday night. Thatcould be a real disaster. Also, everyone needsto be aware that there have been instances oftheft from vehicles in the parking lot during ourmeetings – many years ago.
Thanks for all you do. Be safe, have fun.Remember, you’re part of a Civil Air Patrolsquadron; the front-line, working, life-savingunit of CAP.–
, Capt., CAP
Squadron CommanderPalm Springs Composite Squadron 11