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Pell City Composite Squadron 118—Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander— Maj. Jim Gosnell Deputy Commander for Cadet Programs Capt. Cindy Bennett
Inside this issue: Commander’s Corner Calendar Safety Safety Newsletter and Volunteer Magazine 1
Vol. 4, No. 1
2 3 4
AL Wing Conference 5 National & Regional WESS 6 7-8
From Our Commander, Resolutions We are beginning a New Year. It is a time to start fresh. We all look forward to the new beginning. Many of us make resolutions for the New Year. This is normally a good time to make changes. Some of us make resolutions that affect us personally. Some affect other parts of our lives such as work or school, or home. We make resolutions to change things in our lives that we want to improve. Resolutions can be small, or they can be large. They are all accomplished one small step at a time. When we make our resolutions for 2013, we do not want to leave out the Civil Air Patrol. I want to encourage everyone to take a look and set personal goals and objectives for the coming year of what you would like to accomplish in the CAP. Make a list of these resolutions. Refer to your list from time to time to see if you are on track. I want to share my list of New Year’s Resolutions that pertain to the CAP. 1. I will get my Newsletter Articles in on time. 2. I will attend more Senior and Cadet Meetings. 3. I will actively recruit new members. 4. I will promote Safety in all activities.
CyberPatriot Fun Night
5. I will increase my Professional Development. 6. I will increase my ES Skills. 7. I will attain a new ES Rating. 8. I will attain a new FAA Rating.
9. I will stay abreast of current events that affect the CAP. 10. I will review my list of resolutions to stay focused. Make a New Year’s Resolution. You Can Make a Difference!
Newsletter Editor—2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt
Jim Gosnell, Commander
Calendar . . .
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
3 Cadet Mt. 18:00 P.T. 10 Cadet Mt. 18:00 Leadership (Blues)
Cadet Winter Conference
14 15 Happy Birthday, Jim Gosnell
17 18 Cadet Mt. 18:00 Character Development 24 Cadet Mt. 18:00 Aerospace 25
WESS Training January 18-20
21 22 Martin Luther King Holiday
23 Happy Birthday Ron Harlan 30
31 Cadet Mt. 18:00 P.T. and Parade Practice
Cadet Schedule and Uniform for January 2013:
January 3 — P.T. 18:00 at Lakeside Park January 10— Leadership (Blues) January 17—Character Development (BDU’s) January 24—Aerospace (BDU’s) January 31—Fun Night—Edgewood Church
Safety . . .
Many thanks to Eddie Shurbutt for using this space last month to give us a timely and valuable update on Holiday Safety during my absence. Eddie, as most of you know, is the Safety Coordinator for our cadets and also contributes to the seniors on occasion. Thanks Eddie! If you are like me and get the FAA’s email safety alerts, you have probably noticed that a lot of emphasis is being put on pr eventing runway incursions and taxiway incidents. The main causes of these events are distractions in the cockpit. What can cause aircrews to become distracted? Unfortunately, some of the aids to our flying, such as smart phones, tablets, and laptop computers can be the very source of many distractions. For example, some non-flying activities that illustrate the potential are:
Children using cellphones while crossing a street were found to be 43% more likely to be hit by a vehicle than children not using them. Pedestrian injuries in the 16 to 19 year old demographic have increased 25% in the last few years and are being attributed to increased cell phone use. Statistics show that texting and driving is nearly four times more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The record books are full of examples of flying or taxiing activities that reinforce the dangers that these devices bring to aviation as well:
One of my previous articles detailed how a cell phone ringing on an airliner takeoff almost led to an aborted takeoff because it was erroneously assumed to be an alarm on the panel. The aircrew members that overflew their destination by 150 miles (while ignoring ATC’s frantic calls) were working on their upcoming schedules on their laptops. An Airbus captain left his cellphone on in flight and as he was making an approach to his destination the text messages that he received as he got within range of ground based towers distracted him so much that he finally aborted the landing at 392 feet AGL because they had not lowered the landing gear. A Boeing 737 crew missed a taxiway turn after a long day of flying as the copilot was finishing inputting weight and balance info into the FMS.
As the last example above illustrates, you don’t need a mobile device to divert your attention, the G1000 will work just fine . Routine conversation can be just as distracting as electronic devices; one of the reasons we should abide by “sterile cockpit” rules during taxiing and critical phases of flight. We all know the Wing’s position on cellphone use; they should be turned off while in the air. My recommendation is that, if y ou use them on the ground after starting the engine, use the following procedures:
Try to complete all your communication before starting to taxi (just as you try to complete as much of the preflight checklist as possible). When it is not possible to complete your use of the phone on the ramp, such as when you obtain an IFR clearance over the phone (ATC requires you to be ready for immediate takeoff, generally) then stop at a clear area and complete the transaction while parked. Turn all phones off prior to pulling into position for takeoff.
Our mobile electronic devices bring a lot of information to us that, only a few years ago, was unavailable on all but the most sophisticated of aircraft. Nexrad weather, excellent situational awareness, airport information, and restricted areas and MOA ’s are just a few of the advantages. Just don’t forget that the primary reason we are in the cockpit at all is to fly the aircraft first! STAY SAFE! Ronald Harlan, Unit 118 Safety Officer
Reminder: Read the newsletter and receive a Safety Briefing Credit. Please email Ron Harlan at - firstname.lastname@example.org
“Safety Beacon” - Official Safety Newsletter of the Civil Air Patrol—January Issue
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Share the Joy
One of our responsibilities as Pilots is to share the joy we have of aviation with others in a safe manner. In the CAP one of the opportunities we have to do that is by giving Cadet Orientation Rides (O-Rides). These are aircraft flights that last about one hour following a syllabus that has been approved. Each Cadet is allowed five funded Powered Flights, and five funded Glider Flights. If you have not had the pleasure of giving the “First Flight” to a Cadet you are truly missing a great experience. Major Jim Gosnell
Civil Air Patrol’s “Volunteer” magazine for January—March is now available online!
If your household has more than one CAP member and you receive multiple copies of this magazine, you may choose to opt out to help save CAP money. A digital version of the magazine is available online –
2013 Alabama Wing Conference . . .
Announcing the 2013 Alabama Wing Conference Mobile, Alabama March 15-17, 2013
Battle House Renaissance Hotel and Spa
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mobbr-the-battle-house-renaissance-mobile-hotel-and-spa/? toDate=3/17/13&groupCode=CRPCRPA&fromDate=3/15/13&app=resvlink As we move toward the end of 2012 I am already getting inquiries about the Alabama Wing Annual Conference. I can tell you two very important pieces of information. First the conference will be held in Mobile, Alabama. We are very excited about this opportunity to have our conference down on the coast in Mobile. Also our venue is the Battle House Renaissance Hotel and Spa. Contain the gasp and clapping!! The rates are fantastic (thanks to Meddie Clark) and the venue probably one of the best, if not the best, hotel and convention location in the area. This is really going to be a nice setting for our conference. The second piece of information that is critical for each of you is that the dates of the conference are March 15-17, 2013. Be sure to mark the dates! The next item is that the conference hotel registration is actually open. For real. It really is available. I have attached the information below for those who want to go ahead and make a room reservation. We will be bringing up the ALWG Conference registration online in early January, 2013. Everyone is excited about our venue. We are planning a superb event with lots of training to be made available. Plan now to attend. Plan to stay the entire weekend. We will have special activities for you but plan some extra time to visit the city and all the wonderful activities to do from shopping, to the museums, to the USS Alabama, to the beach. There is something for everyone. Rick Kilgore, Capt, CAP Director A1 ALWG HQ Civil Air Patrol
National and Regional News . . .
National Staff College Tentative Dates: The tentative dates for NSC are 12 -19 May 2013. The director of NSC is Col Virginia Nelson, CAP.
Please contact Bobbie Tourville at email@example.com to access Col Nelson’s e -mail information. More information will be available in the coming months. I wanted to provide the latest information available from NHQ on the 2013 NSC. Rick Kilgore, Capt, CAP Director A1 ALWG HQ—Civil Air Patrol (o) 205/824-3635, (f) 205/824-3677, (c) 205/901-6460 CLC Course—December 7-9, 2012
G1000 GROUND SCHOOL January 25 & 26, 2013
The Alabama Wing Standards/Eval will be conducting a G1000 ground school for interested CAP pilots and observers. This is a 60-1 required course before operating a CAP Nav III aircraft. The course will be held Jan 25 th & 26th at the terminal building in Tuscaloosa. The Friday session will be from 1800 -2100. Saturday’s session will be 0800-1700. The initial course will be for both CAP pilots and observers. The course will help observers become familiar with the G1000 system. We will also be offering a refresher course for previously qualified G1000 pilots and observers. Please follow the link below to register for the courses, and the lunch on Saturday. We will close the registration on Jan 15 th. See below for hotel information. I have sent this out to the wing in case you are an observer or are working on becoming an observer. Thank you, Maj Chris Iddins AL Wing DOV http://alwg.us/pages/g1000-ground-school.php ________________________________________________________________________________ Econolodge Inn & Suites 1930 McFarland Blvd Northport,Al.35476 205-330-0345 Rooms are under “CAP” I know everyone uses GPS now for directions, They can call me for some simple directions. Ray Harkey 205-799-5442
SAREX Muscle Shoals February 2, 2013
Greetings All, Sign-Ups are now open for the upcoming SAREX in Muscle Shoals (Feb 2) as well as the upcoming ICS 300 (Feb 16/17) and ICS 400 (Mar 2/3) courses. To sign-up for one or all of these events, visit the "Event Registration" page in the Ops & ES section of the ALWG website at www.alwg.us. When signing up for the SAREX, please indicate which of the positions you are willing and able to fill by selecting the appropriate boxes. Staff selection and crew assignments will be made based on what you select here. If signing up to attend or to help staff one of the ICS courses, please check the "ICS Student" or "ICS Instructor" box as appropriate. To verify you are signed up, click on the link "View Participant Roster" after you have selected the appropriate event and look for your name. To modify your registration, simply re -register with new options selected. To withdraw your registration, simply click the "Register" button with no boxes selected. Regards, Ande Boyer Maj Ande Boyer, ALWG/DOS [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Wing Training . . .
BASIC GSAR (GTM3)
THINGS TO PACK: All gear required by WESS WARM clothing (thermal, warm socks, gloves, stocking cap) It will most likely be cold. Healthy Food and water! CAP ID and 101 Card. If you have not turned in your medical form, you must do so! A cup and utensils if you need them. Hot water will be available for making chocolate, coffee, or soups. You must furnish your own mixes. Achievement 1 (cadets) Level 1 (seniors members) General ES
ADVANCED GSAR (GTM2/MRO)
Achievement 1 (cadets) Level 1 (seniors members) General ES
TEAM LEADER (GTL/UDF)
Achievement 1 (cadets) Level 1 (seniors members) General ES WESS Medical Form OP SEC Safety Currency GMT-3 18 Year Old
WILDERNESS ADVANCED FIRST AID
Achievement 1 (cadets)
Achievement 1 (cadets)
Level 1 Level 1 (seniors members) (seniors members) General ES WESS Medical Form OP SEC Safety Currency General ES WESS Medical Form OP SEC Safety Currency
WESS Medical WESS Medical Form Form OP SEC Safety Currency OP SEC Safety Currency
GMT-3 15 Years Old
18 Years Old
There is a fee for all participants and covers the entire cycle. This money is used to provide all the training materials for the participants. This fee is due at the October Event. $10 activity fee for all staff members. $25 activity fee for all GSAR and Aircrew participants. $80 fee for Wilderness Advanced First Aid. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE UP-TO-DATE ON YOUR GES AND IS COURSES!!
WESS 2012-2013 Schedule
18-20 January—WESS 13-04 22-24 February—WESS 13-06 22-24 March—WESS 13-05
Wing Training . . .
ALWG Emergency Services Mission Aircrew School
THINGS TO PACK: All gear required by WESS WARM clothing (thermal, warm socks, gloves, stocking cap) It will most likely be cold. Healthy Food and water! CAP ID and 101 Card. If you have not turned in your medical form, you must do so! A cup and utensils if you need them. Hot water will be available for making chocolate, coffee, or soups. You must furnish your own mixes.
Some additional slots have opened up in the ALWG Emergency Services School's Mission Aircrew School. To ensure that we are optimizing training opportunities for the members of this wing, we have reopened the application window until January 6th so we can fill these open slots. Those interested in participating should apply by clicking on the "Aircrew School Application" link at http://wess.alwg.us. Applicants will need to already be fully current and qualified Mission Scanners. Mission Pilot and Mission Observer Trainees are highly encouraged to apply, but we are also taking those members who are already qualified as Mission Pilot/ Observer that are interested in enhancing their aircrew knowledge and skills (certainly something to keep in mind for the upcoming ALWG SAR Competition!) Cadets are welcome to participate as well so long as they are already Scanner qualified. The third of five training weekends of the FY13 WESS training cycle will be held Jan 18-20 and will begin the Mission Pilot / Mission Observer track of MAS. The Mission Scanner track has already concluded and was a huge success. By combining classroom presentations, tabletop & practical enrichment exercises, as well as operational training sorties in a very structured, task based training environment, members receive an exceptionally high quality training experience. The course fee is $25 which helps offset the cost of training materials. Travel to/ from the activity in corporate vehicles is reimbursable and lodging is provided on site free of charge. Meals are a combination of bring-your-own and eating at local dining establishments. Each weekend, the activity begins at 7pm on Friday evening (sign-in opens at 6:30) and concludes around noon on Sunday. Due to intensity and breadth of the training, it is necessary that participants attend every weekend for the entire weekend and remain on site both Friday and Saturday nights. Members from seven different squadrons participated in the Mission Scanner track of MAS. Please seek them out to get a first hand account of what WESS-MAS is like. Additional documents with "what to expect" and a packing list are available for download at wess.alwg.us. Again, the application window will be open until January 6th. Should we have more members apply than we have slots available, an announcement will be made on January 8th of who will be attending. If you have any questions regarding the Aircrew School component of WESS, please let me know. If you have questions regarding WESS in general, please direct them to the activity director, LtCol Michael Long at email@example.com. Regards, Ande Boyer
Character Development and PAO’s CORNER . . .
CONGRATULATIONS On Promoting!!!
SENIORS: MAJOR CINDY BENNETT CADETS: Logan S Carter C/A1C 06 Dec 2012 John Daniel Smith C/SMSgt 29 Nov 2012 Noah Sublett C/A1C 29 Nov 2012
WHERE TO FIND US ON THE INTERNET:
Civil Air Patrol www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ Cadet Services http://www.capmembers.com/ Alabama Wing of Civil Air Patrol http://www.alwg.cap.gov/ Pell City Civil Air Patrol http://www.pellcitycap.org/ Wing Emergency Services School (WESS) http://wess.alwg.us/ Photo Files on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/bethshurbutt/ collections/72157615727997818/ On Facebook: Civil Air Patrol, AL Wing—Civil Air Patrol, Pell City Composite Squadron, SER-AL-118, Civil Air Patrol
CADET PROGRAM EMAIL GROUP:
A Yahoo Email group has been set up to make communication between members easier. Invitations were sent to all the cadet members. If you are not receiving updates and reminders from the Yahoo Group, you most likely are not a member of it yet. Please contact Beth Shurbutt at: LTooney@cableone.net and request that she add you to the group. You can also go to the Yahoo Group site and join:
CyberPatriot Program and Iron Man. . .
The CyberPatriot V Semifinals Round Is Friday, January 11, 2013! I know we have what it takes to make it to the FINALS! OUR TEAM IS AWESOME!!! Cadets: Thomas Bracker Peter Randolph Brian Scott Noah Sublett Jeannie Scott
—————————————————————CAP CADET FUN NIGHT January 31, 2013 Edgewood Church—Fellowship Hall 6:00—8:30 p.m. Bring your favorite foods and a 2-liter drink. If you have any board games that you’d like to bring, feel free to do so. You may want to bundle up for a breezy game of Volleyball in the gym.
Cadet Corner . . .
Cadets Corner Once again the holiday season has come and gone and it is time to get back to our ‘normal’ routines. I don’t know about other people but I sometimes lose track of what day it is when I am off work for the holidays. I can tell you this though, January will be off and running shortly. The cadets will have their first meeting on Jan 3 and will meet at the Avondale park for PT. Maybe all the Senior Members should join them there and run/ walk their mile, then transition to the Community Center for sit ups, push ups and sit and reach. After all the yummy stuff we ate, I don’t think it would hurt any of us to do that. Thank you to all the cadets and senior members that participated in the Missing Person search in the Auburn area on Dec 26th. I know it was tough to leave the comfort of your home, with family and friends visiting to be a part of this. We left the airport at 5:15am headed to Auburn and didn’t get home until 8:30pm. It was cold, wet and the wind was blowing gales and we appreciate your willingness to serve. On January 11th, the Cadet Conference at Maxwell AFB will start and run through Jan 13. Also on Jan 11th, our Cyber-patriot Team will compete in the Semifinals of their competition. Good luck to our team and hope for you to make it to the finals in D.C. January 18th brings us the WESS training and we have some folks that need to do some preparation before they leave. Check your gear, food, shelter and make sure to bring layers and a jacket because January is typically a very cold month. Hot Hands and Toasty Toes are a welcome addition to your gear during this month as well. There will be hot water available for instant oatmeal, grits, hot chocolate, etc. Before we know it, January will be over. Congratulations to Cadet John Daniel Smith to the rank of C/SMSgt. Also the cadets who participated in the Christmas Parade in Pell City did an amazing job and we are so proud of each and every one of them. Continue on the good work in studying your modules and we are looking forward to another Great Year in Pell City Composite Squadron! Maj. Cindy Bennett TRIVIA QUESTION Since this is the end of the year award time, where would you find a listing of cadet and senior member awards and the criteria needed to submit a nomination. Send your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org
AEROSPACE HI . . .
OK Senior Members, the requirement is HERE! Earning your Yeager Award will be part of the requirements to advance from Captain to Major starting in March 2013. I had heard rumors that this was coming and now it’s true. If you need help such as a hard copy of the book, Journey of Flight, I will gladly see that you get one. If you would rather download a copy or study it on the computer, I can give you directions to do that as well. My contact information is email@example.com , just drop me an email and I will get back to you. My cell number is 256-2252230 and you can leave a message if needed. My service is spotty where I live. In current events, NASA is promising that 2013 will be a year of science on the space station, doing more projects, studying the long term effects of weightlessness on bone density and studying animals for effects of drugs used in osteoporosis among other experiments. In other space news scientists have identified the first meteorite to originate from Mars and claim that it holds 10 times more water than any other space rock from Mars. So the search continues for evidence that Mars once contained water sources. There is a lot of information from different media sources about space related news. It isn’t hard to stay up-to-date on what is happening in Aerospace and it is always interesting. I hope that you keep learning something new every day and everyone have a great month. Maj. Cindy Bennett
Cadet Corner . . .
From the Cadet Commander:
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years! With the holidays over, it is time to turn our attention back to CAP. This week's focus will be on Leadership and Drill. I'll try get an email out about that tonight. Our schedule for the month should follow the normal outline (PT, Leadership, CD, AE). There will be a planning session Thursday evening to map out the quarterly schedule. All cadet staff members are requested to attend if possible. Fun Night will be the end this month!! In a few months I will be stepping down form CC and staff positions will be available. Cadets, please start thinking about what leadership position you would like to fill, your qualifications and goals, both personal and for the squadron, that you would like to see fulfilled while serving. We are always watching your attitude, growth and performance. More information will be available closer to time. The NCSA deadline is coming up Jan 15th. If you would like to go to one (or more), be sure to apply! Remember, you must have completed an encampment to attend (with the exception of NESA). I do not know if NESA registration is up or not yet, but to apply you need to go through the NESA website NOT the NCSA page. Pell City will be competing for a slot at finals for Cyber Patriot this Friday afternoon. Thoughts and prayers would be appreciated as we compete from 11am5pm. As far as I know, we tied for 9th place in the CAP category out of 261 CAP teams that originally registered and the top 6 teams qualify. PC has a good chance of making it! C/LtCol Randolph, P Cadet Commander Pell City Composite Squadron
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