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November 2012




Awards and Promotions




Integrity, Volunteer Service,

Excellence, and Respect

You PDK Boys are Good!

September 27 and October 16,
2012 PDK Air Crews find ELTs
9/27/2012 Captain Pat Ragin and Lt
Col Charlie Cayce were able to find
a most troublesome ELT that was
eventually located at 20GA,
Stockmar Airport in west Georgia,.
For a full account of the find, see
20GA on page 6.

10/16/2012: Lt. Mike Mullett

(pilot), Lt. Ricky Binkley
(scanner), Capt. Jeffrey Chiu
(Observer) with assistance from
Wider Comm and a ground team
from the Cobb County Composite Squadron, were able to locate an ELT that was eventually
found at 6A2, Griffin-Spalding
County Airport. For a detail account of the find see GA2 on page 6

PDK Community Outreach

We have all heard the Statement that If
you want something done, ask the busiest
person you know.
Well that adage holds
true for people as well
CAP Squadrons. PDK
was able to successfully
pull off two Public Affairs events on the same
day at two different Air
Ports. On October 20th,
Mike Mullet, Joe
McCord and Ralph
Knight, from LZU, sup-

ported the Epps Aviation Youth Day at

KPDK and Joanne Janchus,
John Aden and Ron Argo supported the Salute to America
Air Show held at KPUJ.
Youth Aviation Adventure,
sponsored by Epps Aviation,
had ten stations teaching Boy
Scouts and Girl scouts as well
as other youth about possible
careers in aviation. The Stations
ranged from Avionics to Engine
repair, from How to pre-flight fixed wing
aircraft to a display showing the kids the

internal working of an engine. The event

allowed both Boy Scouts
and Girl scouts to earn their
aviation merit badges.
The Salute to America Airshow was Paulding North
West Atlanta Airports 1st
Air Show. The show had
some very well know air
teams, Team AeroShell, the
U.S. Air Force Academys
Wings of Blue Parachute
Team and the U.S. Armys Sky Soldiers
Demonstration Team.

Partner Profile

What is NIMS?

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an integral part of the

Christian Church, although distinctive in
government and practice. The Armys doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian
belief and its articles of faith emphasize
Gods saving purposes. Its objects are the
advancement of the Christian religion of
education, the relief of poverty, and other
charitable objects beneficial to society or the
community of mankind as a whole.*

which includes abstinence from alcohol and

tobacco. From its earliest days the Army has
accorded women equal opportunities, every
rank and service being open to them and
from childhood the young are encouraged to
love and serve God.

Raised to evangelize, the Army spontaneously embarked on schemes for the social betterment of the poor. Such concerns have since
developed, wherever the Army operates, in
The movement, founded in 1865 by William practical, skilled and cost-effective ways.
Booth, has spread from London, England, to Evolving social services meet endemic needs
many parts of the world.
and specific crises worldwide. Modern facilities and highly-trained
staff are employed.
The rapid deployment of
the first Salvationists was
The need for modern facilaided by the adoption of a
ities and longer-term dequasi-military command
velopment is under continstructure in 1878 when the
ual review. Increasingly
title, The Salvation Army,
the Armys policy and its
was brought into use. A
indigenous membership
similarly practical organizaallow it to cooperate with
tion today enables reinternational relief agensources to be equally flexible. Responding to cies and governments alike. The movements
a recurrent theme in Christianity which sees partnership with both private and public phithe Church engaged in spiritual warfare, the lanthropy will continue to bring comfort to
Army has used to advantage certain soldierly the needy, while the proclamation of Gods
features such as uniforms, flags and ranks to redemptive love offers individuals and comidentify, inspire and regulate its endeavours.

Preaching the Gospel

All Salvationists accept a disciplined and
compassionate life of high moral standards

The NIMS enables responders at all levels to

work together more effectively and efficiently to manage domestic incidents no matter
what the cause, size or complexity, including
catastrophic acts of terrorism and disasters.
Federal agencies also are required to use the
NIMS framework in domestic incident management and in support of state and local
incident response and recovery activities.
The benefits of the NIMS system are significant:

Evangelistic and social enterprises

are maintained, under the authority
of the General, by full-time officers
and employees, as well as soldiers
who give service in their free time.
The Army also benefits from the
support of many adherents and
friends, including those who serve
on advisory boards.
Leadership in the Army is provided
by commissioned officers who are recognized ministers of religion.

NIMS is the first-ever standardized approach

to incident management and response. Developed by the Department of Homeland
Security and released in March 2004, it establishes a uniform set of processes and procedures that emergency responders at all
levels of government will use to conduct
response operations. Developed by the Secretary of Homeland Security at the request
of President Bush, the National Incident
Management System (NIMS) integrates
effective practices in emergency response
into a comprehensive national framework
for incident management.

munities the opportunity to enjoy a better life

on earth and a place in Christs everlasting

Standardized organizational structures,

processes and procedures; Standards for
planning, training and exercising; Personnel qualification standards; Equipment
acquisition and certification standards;
Interoperable communications processes,
procedures and systems; Information management systems with a commonly accepted
architecture; Supporting technologies
voice and data communications systems,
information systems, data display systems,
specialized technologies; and Publication
management processes and activities.

Solve Problems
Like an Air Force
by Staff Sgt. Shawn Rhodes
927th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- The Air Force is
known for their innovation in air, space and
cyberspace. When an Air Force pilot has to
make decisions, he relies on a specific decision-making process that helps win wars and
save lives. If you want to problem-solve like
an Air Force pilot, follow these steps:
1. Clarify and validate the problem
Flying demands attention, and pilots have to
examine if they can influence the problem
before using resources on it. Complaining
about what's going wrong doesn't help in
combat, or solve your problems. When you're
faced with a problem, clearly define it and
decide whether it is something you can affect.
This is the first step toward overcoming it.
2. Measure the impact of the problem
If a pilot jumps to conclusions it could be
hazardous. Air Force pilots are taught to gather data about the problem so they can clearly
outline any problem's impact. Examine your
situation and assess its immediate and future
impact to prioritize it.
3. Set an improvement target
Instead of jumping to solve the problem, Air
Force pilots first look at where they want to
be after it's solved. They don't just aim for
hitting the target - they strike the bull's eye.
When dealing with your problem, imagine
what the situation will look like when it's
solved, and work backward from there to
maximize your results.
4. Determine the Root Cause
An ancient saying in Asia is 'Fix the problem,
not the blame.' Pilots apply this when they
determine the origin of a problem to stop it
from occurring again. They don't want to be
working through the remaining steps of the
process only to have the situation compound
itself by happening again. Look to how and
where your problem started so you can be
sure you solve it where it began.
5. Develop Counter-Measures
This is where the rubber meets the runway.

Pilots examine all the possibilities for counter

measures so they can head the problem off at
the pass before it affects their mission. They
then create detailed action plans to swiftly
move to remedy the situation. Lay out all of
your options so you can examine the possibilities before deciding which one would be best
to get you where you want to go.
6. See it Through
Air Force pilots make sure that they don't do
anything half-way, especially when it involves the lives of their crew and passengers.
When they've developed counter-measures,
they implement the solution. Once you have a
plan, see it through and don't give up until
your problem dissolves like the wind.
7. Confirm Results and Process
It's not enough for an Air Force pilot to solve
a problem - big or small - and move on. They
confirm their results to make sure the problem
won't repeat. Next, they examine what they've
done to see if there are any needed changes. If
your solutions didn't work, reassess and reattack the problem.
8. Standardize Results
Finally, pilots spread the word so others can
learn from their solution and avoid reinventing the wheel. Once your problem is in your
past, spread the word about how you overcame it so that others can learn from your
"Most people just brainstorm their process,
and shoot off the cuff without analyzing it,"
said Maj. James Kirkland, chief of process
plans for the 927th Air Refueling Wing, a
reserve unit based at MacDill Air Force Base.
"This is more analytical, and actually identifies whether something is a problem or is just
being perceived that way."
Kirkland said this process is similar to one
used by Fortune 500 companies and is a problem-solving tool that brings results.
"If you're in the business of making and saving money, this system gives you a plan of
attack," Kirkland added. "You can assign concrete actions based on this, or delegate to the
people who can bring in results."


General aviation
safety that is...

What is the issue?

The United States has not had a fatal large
commercial aviation accident since February
2009, but the story is very different in the
world of general aviation (GA). Each year,
hundreds of people450 in 2010are
killed in GA accidents, and thousands more
are injured. GA continues to have the highest aviation accident rates within civil aviation: about 6 times higher than small commuter and air taxi operations and over 40
times higher than larger transport category
operations. Perhaps what is most distressing
is that the causes of GA accidents are almost
always a repeat of the circumstances of previous accidents.
What can be done . . .
Reducing GA fatality rates requires improvements to the aircraft, flying environment, and pilot performance. Maintenance
personnel need to remain current in their
training and pay particular attention to key
systems, such as electrical systems . Aircraft
design should address icing. GA aircraft
should also have the best occupant protection systems available and working emergency locator transmitters to facilitate timely discovery and rescue by emergency responders.
But the best aircraft in the world will not
prevent a crash if the pilot is not appropriately trained and prepared for conditions.
GA pilots should take initial and recurrent
training on the various weather information
sources and learn what to do when they inadvertently encounter adverse weather. As
aircraft become more sophisticated with
glass cockpits, GA pilots need to be more
than just familiar with the technology; they
need to also understand how it can malfunction. An emergency is not the time to be
checking a manual to figure out how to adjust the flight display. And, as the people
responsible for passengers, GA pilots should
make sure that every passenger has a seat
and a restraint system, including children
under the age of 2.

October 20, 2012 at Paulding

Northwest Atlanta Airport

Salute to America Air Show

On 16 October 2012, there were

multiple airborne reports of an
ELT 20 miles south of Atlanta
PDK and Cobb Co find the ELT.

On 27 September 2012, Captain Pat Ragin flew a B12 sortie with
Lt Col Charlie Cayce to renew Charlies Mission Observer Qualification the morning of Sept 27. Just after landing and refueling at
the ramp, Capt. Ragin received a text from the IC for an aircrew.
When the text came in, Capt. Ragin and Lt Col Cayce was standing next to a warm airplane with a newly re-qualified Mission
Observer. Since both officers had time, Cap Ragin called the IC
and told him GA 130 had a crew ready to roll.
The IC replied GREAT! and then provided the mission briefing
and coordinates. How soon can you be in the air? he asked.
Ten minutes replied Capt. Ragin. The IC's surprised voice could
be heard on the cell phone: You PDK boys are good!
Within the promised 10 minutes Capt. Ragin and Lt Col Cayce
were airborne; within 15 minutes, they were on station.
The team immediately detected an audible signal over 121.5 but was unable to capture anything on the Becker. Coming in from the west,
they knew the target was not behind them. They
conducted a sector search over the Lat/Lon
provided by the IC and noted where the signal
appeared strongest: to the west and south.
To Paulding County airport was west and their
Lat/Lon was almost in a direct line with the
runway. One possibility could be either a crash
on approach/take off. Another possibility: an
aircraft at the field with an active beacon.
They flew the approach course to Paulding in
coordination with ATC. The ELT signal grew
stronger but it dropped completely approximately two miles
out. They overflew the runway with no signal recapture, so they
executed a procedure turn to reverse course and departed Paulding
along the runway heading.
The signal was recaptured about two miles off the runway. The
original Lat/Lon was slightly north and the sector search cleared
everything east, so they concluded the signal was south.
The team proceeded along the runway heading of 130 degrees. The signal peaked and then faded. They made a 90-degree
right turn; the signal peaked and faded again.
Shortly after turning 90 degrees to the left, they picked up a solid
signal on the Becker, which lead them to the private airfield near
Villa Rica (20GA, Stockmar). Using the Becker, they bisected the
airfield and determined that the signal was either coming from an
aircraft parked in some Quonset type of hanger to the south or
from the ground behind the hangers to the south. (The building
structures likely caused the erratic signal.)
The Air Crew reported their findings to the IC and RTB to LZU.
The IC confirmed later that they found the ELT at the field.

On 16 October 2012, multiple airborne reports confirmed an
ELT 20 miles south of Atlanta. As usual, airborne assets from
PDK were offered to the Incident Commander as soon as he was
named. The IC selected a PDK aircrew consisting of Lt. Mike
Mullett as Pilot, Lt. Ricky Binkley as Scanner, and Capt. Jeffrey
Chiu as Observer.
The team departed PDK that afternoon, heading south of Hartsfield.
As the team crossed out of Hartsfield airspace, they detected a
weak ELT radio signal on 121.5 over Tara Field and Atlanta
Motor Speedway.
The team headed west, following the signal that was neither
strong or constant. The ground team was still far away, so the
aircrew continued to fly west, hoping to pick up a stronger signal
in that direction.
The signal strengthened over Falcon Field,
but remained inconsistent so the Aircrew
continued west. After arriving in Newton
County, the aircrew decided that the signal
was being transferred over the power
lines. While increasing altitude, Lt. Mullett
prompted the ATC to see if any aircraft still
heard the ELT. ATC reported a passing airliner reported a strong signal. The Aircrew
decided to head back to Tara Field. In route
they contacted the ground team to get an
update as to the ground teams location. Upon
contact with the ground team, the Air Crew
was informed that the IC suggested heading
to Griffin.
As the team approached Griffin, the signal strengthened and
remained constant. The aircrew circled over the airport, listening. The signal was strong. They headed away from the airport,
going off frequency to try to reduce the strength. The signal was
so strong that wing nulls did not diminish it.
The Aircrew landed at Griffin and waited for the ground
team. Once the ground team arrived, they used their equipment
to determine the location. A local pilot called the airport manager who showed up and rode around the airport with a ground
team member. They narrowed it down to an aircraft that was
being painted away from the hangar they first suspected contained the signal.
Though the aircraft had not been moved or worked on for several
days, it emitted the screeching tone. The owner of the aircraft
gave permission for another local pilot and the ground team to
open the panel. The pilot started to remove the screws, but his
cordless screwdriver's batteries were dying so the teams removed
the screws by hand. The ELT switch was not easily accessible,
but with persistent effort they finally deactivated it. With its last
dying volt, the screwdriver found enough power to replace the
panel screws.

Awards &


1st Lt Ron Argo

November and December Dates:
November 1
Greater Atlanta Chapter of the
Army Aviation Association of
America (AAAA) @ the 57th
Fighter Group
November 3
EAA Guest Speaker and
Commemorative Air Force
Open House @ LZU
November 6
Election Day
Staff Meeting
November 7
Seminar with PDK Tower
November 13
Safety Briefing
Guest Speaker Bernard
King, Emergency
Preparedness Expert
November 17
November 20
New Member Training
November 22
November 27
Aero Education
December 1
Civil Air Patrol Birthday
December 4
Guest Speaker Brigadier
General Charles
NOTE: Meeting will be at
December 8
Cadet O Day @ PDK
December 9

Squadron Christmas Party

@ 57th Fighter Group
December 11:
Meeting and Safety Briefing
December 15
Wreaths Across America

Certificate of Appreciation
from FEMAs Ready
Capt Jeffrey Chiu 2 yr Anniversary (Ribbon)
Maj Jim Crone
Senior Community Service
Maj Jim Crone,
Gill Robb Wilson Ribbon
w/Silver Star
2d Lt Alton Drew Promotion to 1st Lt.
Lt Col Henry Hall 20 yr Anniversary
Maj Diane Herring 15 yr Anniversary
Capt Joe McCord Promotion to Capt.
Capt Pat Ragin,
Operations Specialty track,


What's your name, where are you from and where

did you go to school? My name is Daniel S. Zambrano, but please feel free to call me "Dan". I was born in
Washington, D.C., grew up in Southern Maryland -50
miles south east of D.C., and went to high school in
Annapolis, Maryland at a prep school for the U.S. Naval Academy. I went to college at the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and law school at the George
Washington University in D.C.
What is your profession? I am an attorney who helps
people create, grow and protect their businesses. I am
presently licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia, but I expect to sit for the Attorneys' Exam in
February of 2013.
Why did you join CAP and PDK, specifically?
I joined CAP because I recently relocated to Georgia
from Maryland and I wanted to find a way to get involved with the local community, do something that
was important for the State/Country and explore my
Topic: Back by popular demand... Are you confident and love of aviation. I did some research online regarding
familiar with local PDK/ATL course rules & phraseology? the different CAP squadrons in Georgia and I found the
Join us to find out!
PDK senior squadron had the best reputation and the
most up to date website (which in my mind was a litDate and Time: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 , starting mus test for how serious they took their role as memat 1:00 pm or at 7:00 p.m.
bers of CAP). After the first meeting, I was hooked!
Do you have a spouse and/or children?
Speaker(s): Local ATC & Regional Runway Safety Office My wife and I got married on November 11, 2011. We
decided to relocate to Atlanta when she was recruited
Brief Description: Two identical pilot/controller forums
into a PhD program at Emory University's Rollins
presented by the PDK tower personnel on Wednesday,
School of Public Health. We do not yet have any chilNov 7th. One at 1:00 PM and will conclude at 2:30 PM.
dren, so now seemed like as good a time as any to make
And one at 7:00 p.m.
the move. We now live in the Toco Hills neighborhood
and are enjoying learning about life in Atlanta. If anyDiscussions will include: operations, moving on the taxione has any tips on fun things to see and do in Atlanta,
ways and runways, direct pilot notification technologies,
or good places to eat, please feel free to send me an
current trends in surface incidents, and communications
email at
What are your hobbies? Aviation is my main hobby.
with Air Traffic Control (ATC).
I'm currently working on putting together some content
for my blog that discusses Aviation law, beginning with
Select Number: SO0046978
a review of the history of the federal regulations that
govern aviation. You can find it at
Register at: FAA Safety I also enjoy fishing, hikHEADQUARTERS
ing, following European soccer leagues (primarily the
PEACHTREE DEKALB (PDK) SENIOR SQUADRON English Premier League) and cheering for the BaltiCIVIL AIR PATROL
more Orioles and Ravens. I'm also a tennis player, so if
there is anyone out there who would like to play a few
friendly sets, please feel free to send me an email at
What was your last vacation spot? California. My
wife and I went camping in Yosemite National Park last
August and we fell in love with the Sierra Nevada
mountains. I'm not sure where our next vacation will
be to, but the tentative plan is to make it to the top of
Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2014 for my 30th birthday. We'll

Seminar with PDK Tower