Col Mike Beason
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By Col Mike Beason, Wing Commander
We have finished the fiscal year 2006 in South Dakota CAPand have a lot to be proud of. I’m taking a moment here toreview some of what we did in2006.
: We flew1504.5 hours in our aircraft this year, or an average of 302 hours per aircraft. This placed us inSECOND place nationwide interms of flying hours per air-craft. Because of this and our good safety record, we areamong the first states to receivea second “glass cockpit” Cessna182 soon. The second aircraftwill be in Sioux Falls for the pilots there to use. To fly thisrecord number of hours, our air-crews flew a variety of missions for CAP, the USAF, the state of South Dakota, and our own per- sonal proficiency. I have listed some of the primary missionsbelow. Thanks to all aircrewmembers who put in countlesshours supporting these missions.
•Low Level Routes Surveys:Sioux Falls flew 44 hours surveying the Air NationalGuard’s low level jet routeslast summer. This missionnormally requires a sloweraircraft than an F-16 or B-1, so our CAP aircraft work well for these missions. They cov-ered over 5150 miles on the surveys.•SARs: CAP flew 10 actualSAR missions this year. Mostof these were based on satel-lite ELT hits from AFRCC.CAP flew 203 hours duringthese missions this year. Mostalso had ground teams on the ground to find and silence the ELTs.•SAR training: We had 8SAR/HLS (Homeland Secu-rity) training missions aroundthe state during the year. Inaddition to the flight and ground team training, we alsodid joint training with sheriff departments and dog handlingteams. We flew 247 hours of time during these missions.•CD training: We had oneCounter-Drug training
CAP Year in Reviewfor 2006
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