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 25 August: Macy’s Shop For A Cause  15 September: Webb City Farmers Market Benefit Breakfast  29 September: Alpha Air Center’s Inaugural Annual Fly-In—Joplin Municipal Airport  13 October: Fitness Challenge Celebration (Tentative)  19-21 October: Wing Conference  15 December: Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Col. Travis Hoover Composite Squadron Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 5 August 19, 2012

Aerospace Education Brief: Alternative Fuels
Article Submitted By: Capt Ernie Trumbly A little over a year ago, we discussed jet fuels in one of our AE classes. Although the class topic leaned more toward fuel systems, we did mention alternative fuels. Recently, on 28 June, developments in this field made history when an A-10 jet fighter flew using a new fuel blend made from alcohol. The fuel, known as ATJ (alcohol-tojet,) is the third alternative fuel to be evaluated by the United States Air Force. ATJ is cellulosic-based derived from cellbased material such as wood, paper, or grass. The sugars in these products are fermented into alcohols which are then hydro-processed into jet fuel. The other two alternative fuels are SPK (synthetic paraffinic kerosene) derived from coal and natural gas, and HRJ (hydro processed renewable jet) biomass fuel derived from plant oils and animal fats. SPK has been fully certified for operational use while testing has been completed on HRJ and certification is underway. All three alternative fuels, designed to replace the standard petroleum-derived JP-8 jet fuel, are a part of the 'going green' concept!. Although only in the early development stage at this time, 'green' fuels are a 'thing of the future' that may well be reality in the very near future. Upon reading this, all cadets (and even senior members) should conduct further research into this exciting development. What is the A-10 - tell me about it. What other aircraft have been used to test 'green' fuels? When was the last time you studied the ALC wall presentation on fuels? Let me know what you've learned!

Inside this issue: Fly-Ins And Splash- 2 Ins (Continued from page 1) Safety Brief— 2 Staying Safe While Using A SmartBasic Inland Search 3 And Rescue Course Member Profile: Major Bill Knotts (Preview) Missouri Wing Graded SAREX 3

Fly-Ins And Splash-Ins
Article Submitted By: Major Bill Knotts Whereas an air show is usually a spectacular display of airmanship and aerobatics, a fly-in or splash -in is simply a gathering of airmen and aviation enthusiasts for the purposes of exchanging information, renewing aviation friendships, and recreational flying. A splash-in is basically the same as a fly-in with the exception of participants being float-planes, sea-planes or amphibians. Sometimes air shows are combined with fly-ins, but generally the fly-in is smaller, more informal, educational, social, and recreational. A fly-in may also be held in conjunction with a local event such as a music festival, car show, or pilot’s club meeting. Many educational or social fly-ins are specific for a particular type of aircraft, such as the National BiPlane Fly-in, Luscombe Association or Piper Comanche Owners Club. Most fly-ins are open to the general public and may even be international like the annual Experimental attended” and last about a week. However, there are many smaller, local fly-ins with-in day-trip driving range of Joplin that are less crowded, less expensive, and last from about a half day to a long (3 day) weekend. It should be noted that many aviation enthusiasts do not own an aircraft, so one can usually see more driveins than fly-ins! A very popular type of fly-in is the local breakfast or lunch flyin! Often a percentage of the local population will drive in for a Saturday breakfast with the family instead of cooking at home or eating at the usual restaurant. A simple breakfast or lunch is prepared and served in a hangar or airport office by members of the local aviation group such as The Experimental Aircraft Association, Antique Aircraft Association, or State Pilot’s Association. Sometimes a non-aviation organization, like The Lion’s Club or Elk’s Club will operate the “kitchen” in return for “donations” for their charity. Continued on page 2


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Fly-Ins And Splash-Ins (Continued from page 1)
Any day-long fly-in might be combined with a “Poker Run” to benefit a charity. An example might be the recent (May) Piper Super Cub Association and Oklahoma Taildraggers Association lasting three plus days with demonstrations of Short Take-Off and Landings (STOL) and drawing aviators from all over North America. Beginning by flying into Gaston’s White River Resort Thursday and Friday, everyone flew to Valley Airport on the banks of the White River for breakfast, then to Flippin for more STOL demonstrations, then to Turkey Mountain Airport on Table Rock Lake for lunch. They also flew to other designated airports. At each airport, they picked up a “poker card”, the winner was the one with the best “hand”. The charity “Wounded Warrior Project” benefiting American disabled veterans, was enriched by many thousand’s of dollars! In addition to flight demonstrations, an educational fly-in might include one or more safety seminars from the FAA Wing’s program, dual flight instruction, or other safety, how to, what’s new? or related education issues. In the Joplin area, some popular 2012 local fly-ins were/are: 1. Monthly - usually the first or last Saturday of the month - check before going. Fly-in breakfast or lunch at Parsons KS; Claremore OK; Ponca OK; Turkey Mountain; South Grand Lake OK; and others. April -Social Breakfast, Green Onions and Eggs Fly-in at Cookson OK (Tenkiller Lake) May - 3 day Educational/ Social Oklahoma Taildraggers Assn and Super Cub Owners at Gastons and other area airfields. June - Social; Educational “Gathering of Eagles” World War I Replica BiPlanes Fly-in, Gardner KS Social Breakfast Fly-in, Grove OK July - Social Educational International Fly-in/Splashin Experimental Aircraft Assn “Airvrnture” Oshkosh WI - Social Breakfast Fly-in Cookson OK (Music Feistival) Aug - Social Educational Lunch SW Missouri Pilot’s Assn Meeting Neosho, MO - Social Educational Fly-in Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-in Dog Iron Ranch, Oologoh, OK Sep - Social Lunch Fly-in Weddington Woods AR Social Educational EAA Chapter 10 Fly-in Bartlesville OK - Social Lunch Fly -in Airmen Acres Bean Dinner, Airmen Acres OK - Social Educational Snake Creek Fly-in Snake Creek (Tenkiller Lake) OK Social Educational Drowning Creek Splash-in (Grand Lake) OK - Social Fly-in Breakfast Cookson OK Oct - Social Fly-in Breakfast/Lunch and Music Oswego KS - Social Educational 2 Day Splash-in/ Fly-in Octoberfest, FAA Safety Lake Texoma TX Dec - Social Fly-in Chili Lunch Vinita OK


“...a fly-in is simply a gathering of airmen and aviation enthusiasts...”








Staying Safe While Using A Smartphone
Article Submitted By: 2d Lt Stephanie Workman Mobile phone devices are everywhere these days. While they are extremely handy gadgets to have around, they also come with some risks. Smartphones (mobile phones with enhanced capabilities similar to those of computers) pose the greatest threat. By following a few guidelines, you can stay safe while using your smartphone. Rule #1—Lock your phone with a password. Avoid using obvious codes and don’t autosave this information. Rule #2—Avoid public Wi-Fi connections. It is easier for hackers to access your phone. Rule #3—Install/activate location tracking. Most phones have a feature that allows you to find a lost/stolen phone, lock it remotely, and wipe it remotely so that no one can get access to your information. If your phone does not have this feature, download a similar application. Rule #4—Only download apps from a trusted source. Rule #5—Install updates for your phone. Keeping current with the latest updates will make your phone less vulnerable to hackers. Rule #6—When conducting financial transactions over your phone, make sure you are on a secure website. A secure website starts with https:// instead of http://. Secure websites will also have a small lock icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

Be Smart With Smartphones

Volume 1, Issue 4

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Basic Inland Search and Rescue Course
The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) held a Basic Inland Search and Rescue Course (BISC) on July 14-15. This course was held at the National Guard site in Jefferson City, MO and was taught by Dan Conley with AFRCC. The purpose of the course, as stated on the AFRCC website, is to bring search and rescue (SAR) from a federal perspective. The course covers SAR Network Overview, AFRCC, Resources and Mission Types, Radar and Cell Phone Forensics, Beacons, FAA, Mission Operations to include search theory/family and media. The AFRCC has a mission to provide 24 hour rescue coordination capability to assist both military and civilian persons in distress in support of the National SAR plan. They are the coordinator for all aeronautical SAR within the 48 states. However, local and state SAR agencies can also contact them for help with missing person searches, disaster relief, or any emergency for which they need additional support. They can provide radar data, cell phone forensics, crash locator database information, and more to assist with locating missing aircraft/persons. They can also coordinate Civil Air Patrol resources, the National Guard, and Department of Defense assets to accomplish a mission. Another facet of their mission is to educate military and Civil Air Patrol members through the BISC and the National SAR School. The BISC is a two day course that is a precursor to the more intense five day Inland SAR Class taught at the National SAR School. The AFRCC instructors travel all over the U.S. to make these courses available to interested attendees. I had the honor of attending the BISC in July, and it will change the way I approach SAR. The first day was an intensive classroom discussion of all that the AFRCC does, the structure of a mission, the legal regulations, and the resources available for SAR. I learned just how important having solid goals and plans early in a mission is. However, my favorite part of day one was learning about search theory. The purpose of using search theory is to maximize the chances of finding the objective of a search in the minimum amount of time using the available resources. It takes into account the search area, the speed and knowledge of the searchers, resources, the objectives’ behavior, scenario development, etc. We then got to put the information we learned on day one to use on day two. Day two was an entire day spent in a tabletop exercise as a command center for a SAR mission. We broke down into groups of four and assigned positions such as Incident Commander, Operations Officer, Public Information Officer, and Family Liaison. We then received a mission starting with clues on the last known position of a missing aircraft. As a group, we decided how to utilize the given resources to search, where to place resources, how to speak with the family, etc. Only when we satisfactorily met these goals did we receive the next clue. The exercise was a wonderful learning experience, and I am happy to say that the group I was in was the first to locate the downed aircraft and family. The BISC is an incredible event to attend for anyone wishing to advance their SAR skills. The information is up-to-date, and it is coming directly from the people who coordinate SAR everyday. The course is wellpresented and engaging, and it will improve our SAR response and capabilities. Article Submitted By: 1st Lt Andi Edwards

1st Lt Andi Edwards

Member Profile: Major Bill Knotts (Preview)
28 August 2012 will mark the 50 year anniversary of Major Bill Knotts’ membership in the Civil Air Patrol. Major Knotts is a huge asset to our squadron. He has stories to tell and life-lessons to teach not only from his years in the Civil Air Patrol, but also from his 24 years of service in the United States Army, and from his 50+ years as an aviator. 1. I had the opportunity to interview Bill over dinner recently and have all the material I need to craft an article highlighting just a few of the experiences of a very fascinating individual. Only when you can answer the following questions can you truly appreciate just who our Major Bill Knotts is: 2. 3. What did he have to do to obtain his pilots license? What CAP squadron was he a founding member of? How did he react when the commander at a squadron he joined did not accept his rank?

Look for answers to these and many more probing questions in next month’s newsletter.

Cadet Knotts Being Presented His CAP Pilot’s Wings

Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, Aerospace Education Squadron History: CIVIL AIR PATROL Our squadron is named after retired Air Force Col. Travis Hoover, one of the famous Doolittle Raiders who led the first U.S. retaliatory raid on Japan after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s 79-member crew flew 16 Army Air Corps bombers off the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet on April 18, 1942. They brought the United States into World War II by flying to Japan and bombing industrial targets in Tokyo — without enough fuel to safely reach landing strips in China. The raid inflicted little damage, but roused American spirits and proved that Japan was vulnerable to U.S. bombers. Hoover flew the second B-25 bomber behind Doolittle. When his plane ran out of fuel, he crash-landed the aircraft into a Japanese rice paddy. Hoover and his four crewmen survived the rough landing, and were met by Tung Sheng Liu, a Chinese aeronautical engineer who helped them evade Japanese troops and reach China. For his service in the historic raid, Hoover received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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Missouri Wing Graded SAREX
Article Submitted By: C/Capt Kyle Adams The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol participated in a state-wide graded search and rescue exercise (SAREX) on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Staging areas were set up in Sedalia and Chesterfield Missouri to help coordinate the days activities, which were planned and executed from the mission base, located at Branson West Municipal Airport in Branson West, MO. Several active duty and reserve Air Force Officers and NCO's were present to ensure we carried out our missions properly and efficiently. For our Wing to continue to receive crucial funds for emergency services, the exercise would need to receive a passing grade from the Air Force, which was awarded at the end of the activity. Among the resources utilized were the ARCHER system (Airborne Real- time Cueing Hyper spectral Enhanced Recon), the GIIEP system (Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation Portable), and the SDIS, CAP's satellite digital imaging system. All of these advanced systems aid in search and rescue and reconnaissance missions through hyper spectral imaging, real time full motion video, and near real time satellite imaging, respectively. CAP seniors members and cadets from across the state participated and were graded in the following training tasks: uel Russell, and C/Capt. Kyle Adams. 1st Lt. Edwards was commended by many CAP and Air Force officers, including the Incident Commander, for her outstanding performance of her duties at mission base. To the surprise of all the mission base staff, she was only in the "trainee" status of her assigned position, and was at just her second search and rescue exercise! Formal disaster relief and search and rescue training exercises are held on a regular basis several times each year, so think about challenging yourself the next time a SAREX comes along. You will learn valuable skills which could help you save a life.

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Aerial damage and assessment photo reconnaissance, including critical infra-structure evaluation. Aircrew and ground team searches for missing aircraft and persons. Use of the National Incident Command System (ICS) for command and control.

Our squadron was represented at this activity by two senior members: Capt. Perry Workman and 1st Lt. Andi Edwards, and two cadets: C/2d Lt. Sam-

With The Wing Commander

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