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NOTES FROM THE COMMANDER
I want to let you know that I have not seen as much activity at Wing as I did the day of the National Special Activity Selection Process. Over 200 members jammed our facility to participate in our program during Saturday. This was a problem, but a good problem. Ninety One slots to Special Activities were sought after this year. Twenty Nine Cadets sought the 12 slots open for the PAWG 1st Annual Power Flight Encampment. The executive Committee considered and approved opening up the encampment to 15 Cadets due to the excellent participation in the testing process. The turn out was the best I have seen in fifteen years. I want to say what a great job Lt Col Bruce Brinker, Captain Bill Doyle and Captain Robert “Bobbie” Suplee did. The exceptional participation in the boards by both the Cadets and Seniors should be applauded. There were some uniform and grooming standards violations that need to be looked into by the unit commanders. I have asked Captain Suplee to let you know who needed a second look. This is to be expected. What I did not expect was the poor written testing score by upper echelon cadets. When you are at your next meeting; ask the cadets to recite the Cadet Oath. Then ask that individual to recite the Ranger Creed. More people know the Creed than know the Oath. Is this what we should be looking for? Cadets also have no idea about The Cadet Protection Training Program. This is mandatory for all Cadets coming up on their 18th birthday. Issues like these and the Chain of Command need more attention by the Seniors leading our Cadets. Recently CAP Flight release has become an issue. There, will be a zero tolerance for avoiding and properly releasing and authorizing a flight. You can not sign a CAPF 99 and then expect some one to come along later in the day and initial your paperwork. I wish I could simplify the rules, but I need to tell you that a lot of these rules come from mishaps from members who break the rules. Thanks to those of you who follow the rules and pay attention to the high priority issues. Be safe and be fair.
M. Allen Applebaum
M. ALLEN APPLEBAUM, Colonel, CAP Commander
KEYSTONE WING SLIP
FEBRUARY 2005 SPECIAL EDITION VOL 8
Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol United states Air Force Auxiliary Bldg. 3-108, Fort Indiantown Gap Annville, Pennsylvania 17003 1Lt Linda A. Irwin, Public Affairs Headquarters - 717-861-2335 Fax - 717-861-2164 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site - www.pawg.cap.gov
Group 1 Units; 603, 605, 704, 714, 1405 and 1502 working as a team to aid in the search for missing 55 year old woman.
Search for Missing Cook Township Woman
Civil Air Patrol squadrons, 603, 605, 704, 714, 1405 and 1502 of Group 1 of the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol along with searchers from Allegheny, Indiana and West Moreland counties, aided in a search for missing fifty five year old Deborah Joan Pritts. Deborah Pritts disappeared from her home near Rector, sometime between the evening of January 4 and the morning of January 5.
HAWK MOUNTAIN WINTER SCHOOL WEST
February 5-6, 2005, Seth Mack Boy Scout Camp, Indian, PA
- Captain Scott Fillar I think it was a great event, weather was terrific, other “Many agencies were involved in the search,” said Lt Col than Sunday morning was a bit chilly. I am sure every one learned a great deal from the instruction Edgar Flick, “including the Pennsylvania State Police, provided, through out the weekend! Being in new territory, made Allegheny Search and Rescue, Evergreen Search and it all more real to our mission of having to overcome different Rescue and Somerset County’s Team 200.” obstacles, which can be faced even when not in our own backyard. Then on Saturday, January 8, the Appalachian Search We don't always have every tool available to us that modern day and Rescue Conference organized the volunteers for the may allow, but everything was done to the highest professional largest and most thorough search for the woman. The level of all members!!! You had to be there to experience the search fanning out in an area within a 1.5 mile radius of magnitude of it! We had decent representation from Group 1and Pritt’s home, with volunteers of an estimated 275 and a Group 2 Squadrons, but there was also members from Ohio and search dog team, came to a halt when she was found Maryland attending. deceased, face down in a island in the creek that runs through the Laurel Mountain Camp in Cook Township only The motto, "so that others may live", there is no other greater feeling that can represent the feeling of saving a life. It maybe about a half mile from her home. from employing simple CPR to an advanced search and rescue, in any weather condition! Credited with finding Deborah Pritts was an Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group dog team and another search “Training at various facilities with members from other squadrons and team, as they approached the sides of the creek about Wings helps build your own SAR skills the same time. by learning different techniques,
The Pritts family expressed their gratitude to all the groups and volunteers for helping to look for their missing loved one.
(Credit for parts of this article; The Tribune-Review and the Daily American.)
sharpening your improvising abilities and expanding your contacts,” said Maj DeEtte Riley. Ranger Winter School West Photo credits; Maj DeEtte Riley
TV STARS IN CAP
Several years ago, I awoke one early morning (around 3:00 AM), to see Lt Col Bob Meinert and “Chief” Rich Gale staring at me from my TV! Well it happened again! I fell asleep waiting for the BIG GAME, (22 January), and when I woke up, Capt Rob Pena is staring at me! Rob was on CN 8, on a one to one interview on CAP. Great - Col M. Allen Applebaum interview, Capt Pena!
Commander’s Letter National News - Page 5 Squadron News - Page 6 Cadet News - Page 7
PENNSYLVANIA WING CIVIL AIR PATROL Conference 2005 23-25 SEPTEMBER 2005 HOLIDAY INN GRANTVILLE, PA New Location for this years Conference 717-469-0661 Phone 717-469-7755 Fax HEATED INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, TWO RESTAURANTS
( Bring your Cowboy Boots, Hats and Jeans)
NEAR HERSHEY PARK Station Road
HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTIONS IN ALL ROOMS GUEST SPEAKERS THE HOCK SHOP (Uniform & CAP Supplies) SEMINARS ON ALL MAJOR STAFF FUNCTIONS COMMANDERS CALL CADET COMMANDERS CALL AEROSPACE POSTER CONFERENCE AWARDS! CADET OF THE YEAR SENIOR OF THE YEAR SQUADRON OF THE YEAR WING STAFF OFFICER OF THE YEAR Recognition of all Scholarship Awardees CADET POOL PARTY CADET HOSPITALITY ROOM PING PONG * AIR HOCKEY * AND MORE ROOM RATES $79.00 PER NIGHT Project officer Captain Robert Gallagher (For more hotel information, see Holiday Inn ad on page 6.)
Highlights of The Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol 2004-2005 2
Budget Summary for Program and Unit Funding. Funding Cadet Programs Cadet Scholarships $6,750 Powered Flight Encampment $15,000 Encampments & Weekend Training $27,000 Glider Orientation Flights $3,500 Cadet Travel to Region and National Training /Conferences $4,000 PAWG CAP School Program $75,000 Funding for Group and Squadron Units $66,000 Operations and Emergency Services $35,000 Communications $15,000 Wing Conference, Meetings and Awards $13,000 Senior Program Training $9,000 - Major DeEtte Riley, Director of Finance
Eye on Safety continued....answers
1. Most newer car models offer ABS as either standard or optional equipment. There are different ways to find out whether your car has an antilock brake system: * Read your owner's manual * Check your instrument panel for an amber ABS indicator light after you turn on the ignition. * When you buy, lease or rent, ask your dealer or rental car company. 2. Call the NHTSA Auto Safety Hotline on 1-888-327-4236, 1-888DASH-2-DOT. 3. An antilock braking system works with the regular or foundation brakes on your vehicle. ABS simply keeps your base brakes from locking up. In vehicles not equipped with ABS, the driver can manually pump the brakes to prevent wheel lockup. In vehicles equipped with ABS, the driver's foot remains firmly on the brake pedal, allowing the system to automatically pump the brakes. 4. When your brakes lock up on wet and slippery roads or during a panic stop, you lose steering control and your vehicle can spin. Rear wheel ABS prevents wheel lockup so that your car stays in a straight line. If your car has ABS control on all four wheels, you also keep steering control. If you have steering control, it is possible to avoid a crash by steering around hazards if a complete stop cannot be accomplished in time. 5. In many vehicles, drivers may experience a rapid pulsation of the brake pedal--almost as if the brakes are pushing back at you. Sometimes the pedal could suddenly drop. Also, the valves in the ABS controller may make a noise that sounds like grinding or buzzing. In some cars you may feel a slight vibration--this means the ABS is working. It is important NOT to take your foot off the brake pedal when you hear noise or feel pulsations, but instead continue to apply firm pressure. 6. What ABS does is similar to a person pumping the brakes. It automatically changes the pressure in your car's brake lines to maintain maximum brake performance just short of locking up the wheels. ABS does this very rapidly with electronics. 7. Read your owner's manual for more details on the complete operation and benefits of ABS. The antilock brake system is speed sensitive, and will not activate at very slow speeds. One way to familiarize yourself with the operation of ABS is to test drive the vehicle at a speed above which the ABS activates (usually above 10 mph) in an unobstructed parking lot and apply the brakes firmly. It is easier to activate the ABS on a wet and slippery road surface. The antilock system should prevent the wheels from skidding. Pulsation may be felt in the brake pedal and you may hear a clicking sound. Avoid pumping the brake, even if the pedal is pulsating. 8. You should not pump your brakes if you have ABS. Just hold your foot firmly on the brakes pedal and remember that you can still steer. 9. ABS is designed to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle during emergency braking situations, not make the car stop more quickly. ABS may shorten stopping distances on wet or slippery roads and many systems will shorten stopping distances on dry roads. On very soft surfaces, such as loose gravel or unpacked snow, an ABS system may actually lengthen stopping distances. In wet or slippery conditions, you should still make sure you drive carefully, always keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you, and maintain a speed consistent with the road conditions. 10. They are all very similar in the way they control brake pressure, but some systems are designed to prevent only the rear wheels from locking up. These rear-wheel-only systems are found on pickups and sport-utility vehicles. Rear-wheel ABS keeps your vehicle from spinning out of control, but you will not have steering control if the front wheels lock up. All other ABS systems-including those for cars and minivans--are designed to keep all four wheels from locking up. If you own a pickup or sport-utility vehicle, you can check your owner's manual to see what type of ABS you have. - article from CAP National Safety Pages
EYE ON SAFETY
Protect yourself and your family whenever you're on the road.
When used properly, an antilock brake system (ABS) adds an important measure of safety to your driving, under all conditions. ABS lets you maintain vehicle stability and directional control, and may reduce stopping distances during hard braking - particularly on wet and icy roads. But to work properly, you have to allow your ABS to do its job. So it's important to understand how ABS works. Questions and Answers Regarding ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEMS (ABS) 1. How do I know whether my vehicle has ABS? 2. Where Can I get more information about ABS? 3. What is ABS? 4. Why is that important? 5. Will I notice anything when the ABS is working? 6. How does ABS work? 7. How can I familiarize myself with ABS? 8. Does ABS change the way I should use the brakes? 9. Do cars with ABS stop more quickly than cars without? 10. Are all antilock systems the same? (Continued this page, next column)
NEWS FROM NATIONAL
MAXWELL AFB, Ala. - CAP featured on an episode of CNN's "Defending America"
- Melanie LeMay, Public Relations Specialist, National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol The segment was filmed in Louisiana and focuses on CAP's work in homeland security, showing how our civilian volunteers with busy careers take time to serve their communities as CAP members. The segment emphasized the importance of CAP's work and the training required to perform it. The story follows LAWG member and attorney Colonel Rock Palermo, CAP, as he flies a target intercept mission for the Air Force in the Gippsland GA8 Airvan, and then shows him in his professional life as an attorney in private practice. This story is especially significant because CAP and the Air Force worked together through official channels and obtained permission for CNN to actually accompany CAP on the mission itself. Under clearly defined security restrictions, CNN was able to film the intercept by F15 fighter jets as well as the CAP Cessna 182 that served as high bird for the mission. This is a first for CAP, and is testimony to the good working relationship CAP has established with 1st Air Force. After filming the mission in the New Orleans area, CNN traveled to Lake Charles, La., to film Palermo at work in his law office. The CNN crew spent some seven hours on the road from New Orleans to Lake Charles just to obtain this footage. In all, filming took three days and included interviews not only with Palermo, but also with other CAP members, including the mission flight crews.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued new regulations requiring all flight schools and flight instructors to take certain actions before beginning flight instruction leading to specified certificates and ratings, and to obtain ongoing security awareness training. Major General Wheless has issued a detailed background paper and instructions for certified flight instructors instructing CAP members. These instructions can be found at: http://level2.cap.gov/visitors/programs/operations/standardization_evaluation/ This is a new, complex and evolving requirement. Additional information can be found at the AOPA website (http://www.aopa.org/tsa_rule/) and the National Association of Flight Instructors website (http://www.nafinet.org/). Please help General Wheless get the word out to all of your commanders and flight instructions. Stanley H. Leibowitz, Col, CAP General Counsel
(Notation; all PA Wing CFI’s are to take the TSA online FSSA course. Captain William Doyle, DOV
NOTES FROM OUR NATIONAL COMMANDER
The United States Air Force advised that prior requests of CAP for approval regarding the following items has been declined: 1. A-2 leather jacket may not be worn since CAP training does not fall within aircrew guidelines specified in AF! 11-402, Table 2.1, 2. Metal rank for the service coat and blue epaulets for the light blue shirt/blouse, 3. Wearing of “Boonie” hats. - Maj Gen Dwight Wheless, National Commander ( Also note; per the PA Wing Regs - the wearing of the bdu cap/hat with any combination uniform is forbidden.
Family History Tells the Story
- by LTC Tim Cheslock, PAWG HSPO (This article is designed to increase awareness of health issues that may be of interest to our members. The contents are not to be construed as a substitute for the interaction between a patient and their physician.) Our membership in CAP includes a diverse group of people from all walks of life. We come together under the common missions of our organization to be of service to others. In order to carry out our missions effectively, we need to be in good health and should strive to engage in healthy behaviors. This month I would like to briefly discuss the family health history. We all know about Grandpa's service in WW II or Aunt Sally's recent promotion at work, but how many of us know the health history of our close relatives? Why should we care? With the recent advances in medicine and genomics there have been many advances in determining who is at risk for certain diseases by looking at the disease trends in blood relatives. Being aware of our risks and how to prevent them from developing into diseases should be something we are all interested in. There is not a day that goes by that we don't hear about the number of people with heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. In order to avoid becoming one of those statistics there are some simple things we can do to stay healthy. The Surgeon General and Department of Health and Human Services recently launched the Family Health Initiative program. Through this program they hope to increase awareness and provide easy to use tools that will help people better interact with their physician on putting into place lifestyle changes than may help increase the chances of avoiding these diseases down the road. (Family History Tells the Story continued on page 7)
ADVANCED NOTICE -Lt Col Charles Bechtel, Group 2 Commander
The next Group 2 SAREX will take place at Joe Zerbey airport on 30 April/1May. This is a week later than we had initially planned and I know some of you have commitments. The date change was brought about by the fact the WING designated Group 2 to participate in an interstate exercise with New Jersey and Delaware and they could not do it a week earlier.
Goals and Dreams and Flying Machines
-by Capt Bill Doyle, CFI A&I, AGI, IGI, ASC, PA Wing Director of Standards and Evaluation
Have you ever wondered what it was like to take flying lessons? This article describes my first flying lesson, which occurred on 6 APR 1991. The article was originally written on April 28, 1991. On the advice of a co-worker, it was submitted to The Public Spirit. The Spirit published it on December 1991. And so the adventure begins … Since I was seven years old, my dream has been to fly. Now, 37 years later, my dream is becoming a reality. Flying is not at all like hopping in a car and going out for a spin. Before every flight you must conduct an inspection of your aircraft. Pilots call this the pre-flight. There is a specific procedure for each type of aircraft. Among other things you visually check your fuel tanks; make sure your elevators, rudder, and ailerons move freely; check that cotter pins, nuts, and bolts are in place on your control surface hinges; and make sure all locking pins are removed from your flight controls. My first lesson was mostly class room orientation on the four fundamentals of flight: straight-and-level, climbs, turns, and descents. We did get 24 minutes of air time in a Cessna 152 single engine, high-wing, two seat aircraft. My hands on, actually feet on, started with the taxiing procedure. On the ground you use the rudder pedals to steer. As I have now heard many times, "Right to go right, left to go left." My wife and kids have threatened to put L and R on the toes of my flying sneakers. Anyway, that first time we zigged and zagged down the taxiway. To my credit, I only put a wheel in the grass once, though we came close on several other occasions. When we got to the runway threshold, I thought my work was over. However, my instructor pointed to the airspeed indicator and said we would lift off at 60 knots, i. e. 70 mph. As we hurtled down the runway, he said "60 knots, you can rotate any time now." Nobody said anything about rotating! My highly visceral reaction was to look at the trees looming at the end of the runway, then at my instructor, then blurt "Say What!?!" Discretion being the better part of valor, my instructor safely got us to 1,500 feet. I just settled down when my instructor asked me if I remembered the ground briefing on the four fundamentals of flight. I said I did and he said "Good, you have the aircraft!" My fantasy of being Tom Cruise in Top Gun II dissolved. After a while I relaxed, managed to keep the airplane's nose level on the horizon and thought straight-and-level flight wasn't that bad. (Story continued on page 7)
Doylestown Squadron Responds to the Call
- by Annette Carlson, Senior Member
SQUADRON 306 SERVES MEALS TO THE 193RD
As reported at the Group 2 Staff Meeting, that was held on the 16th of January, Squadron 306 served a Christmas meal to the members of the 193rd (PA Air National Guard) located at the Harrisburg International Airport, Middletown.) Lt Col Donald Greenfield, Commander of Sqd. 306 said, “the 193rd is good to us and we are pleased to assist them any way we can.” For their dedication to the 193rd a future flight in a C130 is being planned. Lt Col Greenfield also announced that the squadron helped with parking for the “Field of Screams” over the fall season, as part of their fund raising program and they received over $3,000 for their efforts! Some of that funding was used to put into scholarships and also to purchase a custom built flight simulator, (see the cover of this issue). With a current membership of 68 members, the squadron will get much use out of this additional educational hands on equipment.
SQUADRON 307, Lebanon VFW Cadet Squadron
Word was received from Major Bruce Russell, Group 2 Personnel Officer, that Captain Donna Finchen, Commander of the 307, underwent surgery on 2lst of January and that the operation was successful and her prognosis looks much better. She was in the ICU, (5th floor), at Hershey Medical Center at the time of this report. “She even wanted to come home today, (Sunday),” said Major Russell. Of course that was out of the question, however she appears to be out of the woods at this point in time and everyone wishes her a speedy recovery. An AFRCC Course will be held at Ft Indiantown Gap on the dates of 4-5-6 of March 2005. Point of contact, Major Doug Glantz - 215-794-9775 or Email at email@example.com. $35.00 a person. (Includes 2 nights post billeting, coffee, doughnuts and light refreshments.)
Our local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Doylestown Composite Squadron 907 turned out in force for the annual "Adopt-a-Highway" clean up program. Committed to Community Service, the cadet and senior member volunteer members did a clean sweep of the two-mile stretch of Ferry Road between Route 313 and the Shrine of Czestochowa in Chalfont, PA. The team collected twelve bags of garbage from Ferry Rd, one tire, and several large car parts. Following this, the team, also participating in the "Adopt-an-Airport" Program, collected six bags of trash from the Doylestown airport parking and access road. The participating squadron members included Cadets: Andreas Vetter, Kristin Comly, Nick Anderson, Andrew Crandall, Kelly Wright and Senior Members Capt Dan Pompei and Lt Chris Comly.
PENNSYLVANIA WING CIVIL AIR PATROL ALL UNIT COMMANDERS ALL SQUADRON CADET COMMANDERS 16th APRIL 2005 Fort Indiantown Gap Community Club We will host a luncheon at 1200 hrs and Commanders call for both groups of personnel at 1330 hrs. Be prompt. There are many things to discuss at this point in time. We will also pass out the allocation checks from the state appropriation. Due to the size of our meeting there is not room for any other squadron staff to attend. It is felt that the Cadet Corps needs to get to meet and work together. Make a point to bring your Cadet Commander.
M. ALLEN APPLEBAUM, Colonel, CAP Commander
Cadet interviews were held on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at PA Wing Headquarters, for the 2005 activities, which included; Powered Flight Encampment and staff officer positions for PA Wing Encampment, Hawk Mt Ranger School Encampment and Cadet Leadership School. Approximately 125 Cadets arrived at the Pennsylvania Wing Headquarters to await their turn for interviews and/or testing by the 2005 selection board for approvals to serve as a staff officer or to be one of those selected for the Powered Flight Encampment. There were ninety one applications to National events.and thirty nine basic encampment applications. Cadet leadership school had twenty nine applicants for staff positions and four for Hawk Mt. Search and Rescue School. Lt Col Bruce Brinker, Cadet Program Director, was especially pleased to announce that twenty six powered flight encampment applications were reviewed and four individuals received a perfect score on their test! Those 15 that were selected were in the top two thirds of the applicants and they will be notified by letter in the very near future about their being selected for the 2005 Powered Flight Encampment. In addition to the encampment, they will be required to attend a mandatory ground school in June. Captain William Doyle will be advising them of the exact date and time. The selection board for the 2005 Powered Flight Encampment included Major Vincent Zicolello and Captain William Doyle.
Captain William Doyle, preparing for Cadet interviews
Major Vincent Zicolello, one of the judges for the 2005 Powered Flight Encampment.
The 2005 Powered Flight Encampment will run from 16 July to 23 July, 2005.
(Goals and Dreams and Flying Machines continued from page 5) Several minutes later in my flying career, my instructor decided that I would be a much better pilot if I were introduced to level turns. I must say that the only thing level about a level turn is that you're neither climbing nor descending. It has absolutely nothing to do with the cabin's roll angle. While I thought my 20 degree turn was exciting, exhilarating, and breathtaking, my instructor thought it was overly gentle and slow. He executed two 45 degree steep turns to demonstrate that you couldn't hurt the airplane. He was right, of course. It didn't hurt the airplane, though it nearly brought up my pre-flight coffee. Anyway, I retained my coffee and we landed shortly thereafter. Once again I was told "Right to go right, left to go left." This time my taxiing zigs and zags were much less pronounced and I managed to keep both, count 'em both, wheels out of the grass. This first flight was two days after the Senator Heinz tragedy and my family were more than a little concerned for my safety and well-being. My wife said to call as soon as I got on the ground. With visions of them anxiously huddled around the phone, I immediately called -- and got the answering machine. They were out shopping! Momentarily stymied, I recovered, said, "The Eagle has landed!" and hung up.
The Family Health Portrait can be accessed Saturday, April 16, 2005, we will be run- on the Web at www.hhs.gov/familyhistory and For information on the 2005 Pennsylvania Wing ning a CADET COMMANDER’S CALL is available for download. I encourage all our Encampment, log on to an during the same time as the Wing members to go online and utilize this free encampment home page at: Commander’s Call. All Cadet tool. It encourages discussion among family http://www.pawg.cap.gov/encampment/ Commanders are urged to attend this members and will provide you with a print out This is where cadets and parents will find more infor- program. Details for the seminar and top- of your family tree in regards to disease histoics will be released next month. Anyone ry, which can then be taken to your family mation about the encampment held at Fort with ideas or suggestions, please Email physician to review. The program takes about Indiantown Gap. In the upcoming weeks and 15 minutes to complete. The benefits that you months, more information will be posted to this site me at my new Email address. firstname.lastname@example.org. Place in the can obtain from being well-informed of your to aid in getting your cadet ready for a week that families health background is priceless. they will never forget. Former cadets who have gone subject line; CAP CADET COMMANOpen dialogue can then take place with your on to the military often state that it was encampment DER’S CALL or you may fax Lt Col Brinker with your ideas and/or comments physician on how best to utilize this data in more than anything that helped them prepare for your overall health care. their basic training. PAWG Encampment 2005 will at 610-264-7522. - Bruce Brinker, Lt. Col CAP be held 23 July 2005- 30 July 2005 at Fort PAWG Director of Cadet Prog. Comments or feedback on this article can be sent to Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pennsylvania.
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REMINDER FOR CADETS
Family History; contiued
Tribute to a Friend
Always Airborne- Luis Arellano Jr. - By Major Michael L. McGurl, CAP
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of a dear friend of thirty years on Christmas morning. Since I now live in Kentucky, I sent a Christmas Greeting Card and got a reply back from his wife. The news was very bad; he had died of a heart attack. He was an exceptional friend, brilliant instrument maker and machinist craftsman, electronics expert and a comrade in arms. He was a quiet American Hero that had lived an extraordinary life. I was thinking of some choice words to describe him. He was honest, frank, intelligent, and sincere gentleman and had a great sense of humor. Luis was a true American patriot. He served his country proudly in the Second World War in the United States Army. During the invasion of Europe, he was with the 508th Airborne (Devils) and did a combat jump into France on D-day June 6th, 1944. He was a Master Sergeant and wounded in action. Airborne combat jumps required brave men like him; many of his peers were lost during the battle. Being dropped behind enemy lines was dangerous and a critical operation that ultimately lead to the day that freed Europe. He was proud of his country, military duties and family. His service continued in the volunteer Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary. He was a First Lieutenant and served as the Pennsylvania Wing Group 3 Communications Officer. Despite the fact that I had taken Electrical and Electronic Engineering Courses at the Penn State University, he knew more about electronic and communications equipment than I could ever hope to learn. It was his ultimate hobby and passion. He was the reason that I joined the organization. He owned a small firm called AED Communications in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He had a basement shop in his home with a large drill press and lathe that weighed about two tons. How he ever got it down there remains a mystery to this day, he must have built the house around it. He was a craftsman, instrument maker, and machinist. If something was broken, he could fix it. If something could be improved, he would improve it, and if something required a new space age development, he could make it from scrap material. I would stop by and see his proud inventions every time that I traveled in the Philadelphia area. He performed many volunteer services in his communities. He had worked and sold on electronic and communications equipment to many ambulances, fire departments, EMS helicopters, and police agencies. Many times he would sell radios to non-profit agencies at his cost when they had limited resources. If he repaired something, it was repaired. I had referred many ambulances, fire companies, and even American Red Cross Chapters to him because he cared so much about public service agencies. I could never understand how he could stay in business with the discounts and gifts that he gave these agencies. He would always remain a volunteer fire fighter at heart. Luis had a kidney transplant after suffering through kidney dialysis treatments for many years. He never gave up hope for a donor and worked in spite of an illness that would have grounded most of us. His wife Madelyn was always by his side. During his illness, when I would stop by she would show me her vast collection of Ceramic Christmas Houses. It was an amazing collection. He would demonstrate his latest inventions and ideas. We could chat for hours and exchange complex ideas and thoughts. His personal dream was to build a large-scale steam locomotive engine from scratch with his remarkable tools and talents. He had enough unique talents to design and make every single part. He never had enough time to complete his dream. He was proud of his country and family. We will forever miss him; he was a gentleman of true caliber and a technician without equal. I am proud that I had the opportunity to have met and known him for those years. He is survived by his dear wife of 56 years, Madelyn (Adolph) Arellano; and five children. He was put to rest at the White Marsh Cemetery, Horsham for his final airborne trip on his new set of wings.
Aviation Education (NCAE)
Check out “The Latest News” on the National website: www.cap.gov/ae The National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE) announces the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Aerospace Education Leadership Award for 2005. For application information, visit the AE home page and click on item #20. Deadline: April 30, 2005 Look for updates to Chapters 1 and 4 in the Supplemental Space Module at www.cap.gov/ssm.html . The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is offering Aeroscholars on-line courses for high school age students. Spring Registration is through January 30, 2005. To find out more, click on # 21 on our home page. More details and registration information for National AEO School. (# 10 on AE home page) Keep watching the “Periodic Space Updates”. (# 5 on AE home page) Special Interest Items: We wish to thank all those who participated in our Microsoft computer survey. The response was terrific! The results of the survey will assure we meet the needs of our members while we work on a way to implement Microsoft Flight Sim in the classroom and the Unit. As more information becomes available on this project, we will keep you informed. Find out about our AE Affiliate Program below: Join us today as Aerospace Education Affiliates! What is an AE Affiliate? The AE Affiliate is a regular member who promotes Aerospace Education to the youth of America and wishes to use AE Resource Materials to accomplish this goal. How do I become an AE Affiliate? If you currently use or would like to use Aerospace Education Curriculum Materials, please sign in to e-services; click on Review/Edit My Member Info; Edit Personal Information; and check the AE Affiliate box at the bottom of your information OR contact Kathy Baucum at (334) 953-4213 (email: email@example.com) and she can sign you up. What do I receive as an AE Affiliate? You are entitled to AE curriculum materials listed in the Curriculum Flyer found at www.cap.gov/ae (click on AE Curriculum Materials List under #2). Also, because some members are regular members and teachers, you may wish to have your class participate in the Aerospace Education Excellence Award Program (AEX) for schools.