pared for this with the EAA and withoutskipping a beat, seamlessly shiftedparking of all aircraft to the overflowarea. I found out later that the FAAwas closely watching how we were go-ing to deal withthis. They were soimpressed, theycancelled plans for the EAA to take over commenting that, “CAPperformed an amazing task and had everythingcompletely under control”
CAP’sCommanding Officer for the Fly-In, 1Lt HarryVogel commented, “What I witnessed on thatfield Saturday rivaled the activity on the deck of an aircraft carrier. The stunning difference was,it was being done by 13-16 year old young menand women”.
He continued, (one cadet in par-ticular) “c/SMSgt Snyder…saved two aircraftfrom colliding with each other...averting a dis-aster and possibly saving multiple lives”. CadetSnyder is up for an award for this action.
On the last day, a few EAA Board Membersmade a point to gather all CAP Cadets together and tell them what an amazing job they hadperformed.The Northshore Squadron members in par-ticular, 1Lt. Briant, 1Lt Street, SMSgt Snyder,Sgt Powers, and Sgt Konertz showed tremendous leadership, pro-fessionalism, and a willingness to work hard. I couldn’t have beenmore pleased and proud of everyone who participated, here’s look-ing forward to next year!
1Lt Phillip Snyder
Northshore Composite Squadron
Page 3was asked to describe the 2006 Arlington Fly-In experi-ence, and the words, "
" and "
Thank you Lord
!" immediately came to mind. Imagine combining arecord number of aircraft landings (over 2,000) with a recordlow CAP turn-out (15-20 members) and you would think thiswould be a recipe for disaster. To the con-trary, it served to inspire our cadets & Sen-ior Members as they came together formingan unbelievable team. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!Upon arrival Saturday late morning, Iwas asked to serve as the Flight Line Su-pervisor for the event. My first reaction was,“I don't think so”. But after careful consid-eration, I realized it was a great opportunityand would allow me to make sure it wasgoing to be a safe event. I've been a part of several fly-ins in the past, under some won-derful leaders and teachers. Col Salzmanand Lt. Weigel of Skagit Valley Squadrontaught me the importance of safety, not tak-ing unnecessary risks, and know on whomwho you can rely and, oh yes, have lots of water on hand too! As a result, we kept safety as an abso-lute priority and may have even been over-cautious. But, with spinning propellers allaround, I am not sure there is such a thing asbeing over-cautious.Our first actions were to evaluate our personnel, determinewhat the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) expectationswere, the communications available and the aircraft parkinglayout. Also, we quickly learned to identify and rely on the ex-perienced cadets, Senior Members and EAA members. After this groundwork was laid, we got started addressingtraffic, crowds, weather, food, water, and equipment issues. AllCAP members worked hard, developing an
esprit de corps
that many thought was not possible.One memorable moment was on Saturday of the Fly-in whenover 600 aircraft landed within a 4 hour time-frame and wepromptly ran out of parking spaces. Fortunately, we had pre-