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Maine Wing, CAP Guests of Maine Air National Guard
face shield and lab coat, he prepared a devilishly foaming grog bowl whose less alarming ingredients included kitty litter, prune juice, and Maine’s “acquired taste” soft drink, Moxie. LTC Vajda has prepared the grog many times for the Maine Wing CAP Dining-Out held each fall. The evening followed the set procedure of “points-of-order” being raised by members of the mess and the Mess President meAdjutant General of the Great State of Maine and Brigadier General John Bubar, Commander, Maine Air N ational Guard. Representing Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol were Col James Linker, Commander, Maine Wing; Col Craig Treadwell, former Maine Wing Commander; LTC Sheryl Treadwell, Director of Cadet Programs Development; Capt. Christopher Hayden, Commander, Cumberland County Composite Squadron; 2Lt Paul Connors, Public Affairs Officer, Cumberland County Composite Squadron and Cadet A1C, James Connors. Capt Chris Hayden, Maine Wing
Photos By LTC Edward Vajda, Maine Wing

Col. Craig Treadwell and Col. James Linker of Maine Wing CAP converse with Lieutenant General Ronald C. Marcotte, USAF Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command.

Maine Wing Civil Air Patrol at Dining Out as guests of the Maine Air National Guard. The 265 Combat Communications Squadron and the 243 Engineering Installation Squadron of the Maine Air National Guard invited members of Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol to join them at their DiningOut in Portland, Maine on Saturday February 2nd, 2002. They extended special recognition of the Civil Air Patrol by inviting Cadet James Connors to join their honor guard and post the Civil Air Patrol colors alongside those of the USAF and Air National Guard. Other honors included a toast to the National Commander, CAP, among the initial toasts of the evening by the President of the Mess. M/SGT Edward Vajda, USAF (aka LTC Edward Vajda, Maine Wing, CAP) played the role of Mr. Brewmiester .Dressed in

Cadet A1C Connors with AF honor guard

tering out numerous trips to the grog bowl. One Civil Air Patrol guest noted: “ Its good to know that our CAP Dining-Out’s use the same script and generate equal camaraderie.” Lieutenant General Ronald C. Marcotte, USAF, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, was the Special Guest of Honor and Speaker. Other ranking military guests included Brigadier General John Libby, Deputy

Maine Wing well represented at Dining out Ball

Participation Makes you A Better Member


Closely Held Mission Completed team with SAR/ICP at the State Poby Cumberland County Composite lice barracks on the Maine turnpike in Congratulations to Brooke Renzullo Squadron who was promoted from Tactical Portland.


Flight Officer to First Lieutenant at our meeting on 1/31/02. Brooke also received her EMT credentials from a long hard training course at the University of Maine at Machias and will be sporting an EMT patch. She has only one more step to be certified as a scuba rescuer. Congrats!
Maj Jim Raymond, Machias Composite

The historic and closely held search mission on Saturday, December 8th, in Portland that included certain members of Cumberland County Composite Squadron CAP can now be reported.

Lt Col Michael Walko, Jr. served well and faithfully on NER staff for many years. Those who knew him will be saddened by his passing in December. Our condolences to his family.

Former Maine Wing Commander, Col. Richard T. Davis has passed away. He commanded Maine Wing for nearly 7 years, from March 1970 until December 1976.

Maine Wing Over
Wing Commander Col James F. Linker Vice Commander Capt Mitch Sammons Newsletter Editor Lt Dennis Murray Headquarters Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol PO Box 5006 Augusta Maine, 04332-5006 Editorial Office: 207/767-1874 Headquarters: 207/626-7830 The Maine Wing Over is an unofficial newsletter published quarterly in the interest of members of the Maine Wing of the C Air Patrol. Any opinions ivil either expressed or inferred by the writers herein are their own and are not to be considered official expression by the Civil Air Patrol or the Department of the Air Force.

Capt. Chris Hayden, Lt.’s Andrea Hayden, Rick Machado, Paul Connors and David Genest and Capt Ralph Gamache found themselves both ‘dumpster diving’ as well as performing traditional line searches in the thick and hilly woods surrounding If you saw the news on WMTW (and the Smiling Hill Farm area of ScarWCSH) on Saturday you would have borough. Assisting them from CCCS seen the Cumberland County Squad- HQ via radio was Lt. Mark Sullivan. ron CAP team working in the crime area alongside the Maine Warden While a police helicopter and plane Service and State and local police. were used through out the day, They were there as members of a CAP’s participation was limited to ascombined search team that success- sisting in the ground team search. fully found the body Amy St. Laurent Although at the last minute as the late Saturday afternoon. (This news light started to fade, CAP aviation restory was repeated throughout Sun- sources were requested to photoday.) Police had been searching for graph the crime scene. However the Amy St. Laurent, a 25 year old fe- fading light won out over the crew's male missing since October 21st, for ability to launch. All teams were many weeks without a great deal of called back to the ICP at 3:30 pm afsuccess. ter the discovery of the shallow grave. The Warden Service had been following the local search and recom- One of the volunteer teams with SAR mended deployment of qualified dogs had discovered the shallow search & rescue teams from across grave off Route 22 west of the Portthe state to assist local authorities. land Jetport. This was apparently an This recommendation resulted in a area that had been searched by p omassive search Saturday involving lice only a few days prior. An autopsy the Maine Warden Service, State on the Sunday confirmed everyone's and local Police and volunteer suspicions that they had found Amy searchers from various Maine Asso- St. Laurent. ciation Search & Rescue (MASAR) affiliates including Maine Wing The Warden Service was very CAP. This was an experiment initi- pleased with the volunteer efforts on ated by the Maine Warden Service Saturday and is hopeful the use of and as such they have dubbed it a MASAR and CAP resources will be historic event that proved the suc- employed in the future should state cess of this combined search team. and local police authorities face similar situations. Members of the Cumberland County Composite Squadron (NERME058) Lt Paul Connors contributed over 60 hours of ground ME058/PA search time on Saturday as part of team #9. There were 10 teams in the field yesterday searching 17 suspected areas; each one included a state police officer and a state warden who coordinated the search


aine Wing Cadets and Seniors at Stobie Seaplane Base on Moosehead Lake, Maine move a Cessna 182 seaplane from the water ramp to land parking. Maine Wing has supported the International Pilots association Fly-in for the pastpassenger vans, Lange, Moosehead 26th be getting two 7 seven years. Photo Courtesy of MikeOn January Messenger.and 27th,

Maine Wing To Receive One New Van

I was recently notified that CAP/EX has authorized CAP/LG to execute the vehicle buy that had previously been postponed. As you might imagine, a great deal of "horse trading" has been going on among Region Commanders to try and get the greatest number of vehicles for our respective Regions. All in all, Northeast Region did pretty well. As it now stands, the buy will be let for bid next month, with deliveries staggered throughout the May - June time frame. These vehicles will be purchased with a 7-year, 100,000 mile full warranty, which should save Wings a substantial amount in maintenance costs over the life of the vehicle. Currently, we have 140 vehicles in Northeast Region, distributed as follows: NER 2 CT WG 13 MA WG 16 ME WG 15 NH WG 11 NJ WG 14 NY WG 18 PA WG 30 RI WG 9 VT WG 12 With the help of CAP/LG, I have determined the following Wings will be getting vehicles. In some cases, Wings will also be giving up vehicles that have gone past their useful life. The list is as follows: CT WG will be getting one 12 passenger van to replace CT 06005. (Net gain = 0; new total = 13) MA WG will be getting one 12 passenger van. (Net gain = 1; new total = 17) ME WG will be getting one 12 passenger van. (Net gain = 1; new total = 16) NY WG will be getting three 12 passenger vans, one to replace NY 31001. (Net gain = 2; new total = 20) PA WG will be getting 4X4 pickup to replace PA 37674 (for glider program). (Net gain = 0; new total = 30) NER will

one to replace NER 91003. (Net gain = 1; new total = 3) The total is 9 new vehicles for the Region, with 4 old vans being turned in, for a net gain of 5 for the Region, bringing our total up to 145. Northeast Region has a better ratio of vans to members than most other Regions, so we are lucky to be able to have a net gain in vehicles. My distribution plan is based on the number of total members a Wing has, as well as the percentage of Cadets to Senior members and the square miles covered by the Wing. I also took into account the number of actual missions AFRCC assigned to a Wing during FY '01. I know this is not what many of you wished, but I have to place the vehicles where they will benefit the greatest number of CAP members within the Region, as well as Cadet transport and mission requirements. Wing Commanders have the final say as to where in their Wings they wish these new vehicles to go. Please don't pester Duane about the number of vehicles we got, or how many your Wing will or will not get. That decision was mine and mine alone, and National has no say in allocation of vehicles beyond the total coming to a particular Region. If you have any problems or complaints about this allocation, please contact me directly. RICHARD A. GREENHUT, Col, CAP Commander -- Northeast Region

CLC Course Graduates

this year’s first CLC Course was held in Augusta, Maine for those senior members who have completed the SLS. The Corporate Learning Course is designed to further senior’s education about how the Corporate CAP functions. As always, our Wing Commander Col Jim Linker presented our Welcome and Introductions and assisting, him on this mission as well as taking charge of the course was Capt Mitch Sammons. The first day consisted of courses on CAPUSAF/ State Directors, presented by Chief Porter, Aerospace Education, presented by LTC Christie, Jr., Inspector General, presented by LTC Schaffer, Cadet Programs, presented by Col Treadwell, Drug D emand Reduction, presented by 1Lt Hunter, Legal, presented by LTC Broder and Safety, presented by Col Linker. At the end of a full day, the attendees went their separate ways to get some much needed dinner and sleep. The following day we started classes with Emergency Services, presented by 2Lt Merrie Knightly, Counterdrug, presented by Maj Crowley, Flight Operations, presented by C Linker, Member ol Services & Administration, presented by 1Lt Wayne McKinney, Logistics, presented by LTC Grover, Communications, presented by Maj. Pellerin, Finance, presented by Maj Quinn. Because we were running late we also had short presentations for Training, presented by 1Lt Greer and Marketing & Public Relations, presented by Capt Chris Hayden. Attendees and graduates of the 2002 CLC Course were, 1Lt Mary Eastman, Capt Josh Broder, 1Lt Andrea Hayden, Capt Richard Doughty, 2Lt
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Downeast Patrol Composite Squadron
At our meeting, February 11th, the Downeast Patrol Squadron promoted c/SSgt Dana Maddocks to his current rank. The award was presented by LtCol Ken Goldstein. Visiting our meeting and witnessing the promotion were LtCol Lindon Christie and Maj Larry Woods of Maine Wing and Commander Dick Butters of the Trenton, Maine American Legion Post 207. Additionally, Commander Butters presented American Legion Certificates of Appreciation for participation in the American Legion "Table for One" ceremony. Over the last Year, the Downeast Patrol Squadron cadets have presented the "Table for One" ceremony at least eight (8) times at various locations around the State of Maine; including the Maine State American Legion Convention at which they were commended for an outstanding" performance by the National Commander of the American Legion! In fact, the Downeast Patrol Cadet Squadron has earned a very good reputation for performing the "Table for One" ceremony and we continue to receive requests from other American Legion posts to provide this service to them as well. LtCol Kenneth Goldstein

Waterville Composite Squadron
On Friday, January 25, 2002, representatives from Waterville Composite Squadron went to talk to a 6th grade class at Benton Elementary School in Benton Maine. The two cadets, C/CMSgt Erik Bellandi, and C/Amn Miles Noonan, along with Squadron Commander, Captain Mitch Sammons, talked about the opportunities of being a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol. With a discussion style presentation, the students of Mrs. Walder's class responded very well, and expressed their interest in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. The entire presentation lasted 40 minutes. This presentation was the second such opportunity for the Waterville Composite Squadron to meet area students and to tell them about the Civil Air Patrol. Another presentation is scheduled for February 23rd at the Frankfurt, Maine, school where almost an entire day will be spent discussing C.A.P. and aerospace subjects with the students. C/Amn Miles Noonan Waterville Composite Squadron Public Affairs

Scenes from the funeral of Walter Anderson
Photos by 1Lt Merrie Knightly

W a l t e r Anderson served 50 years in CAP and will be missed by all of us. Our prayers go out to his family and friends on the lost of a great member. Bangor-Brewer especially will miss him. Walter

Bangor-Brewer Composite Squadron
Our squadron is mourning the loss of three of its members. LTC Walter Anderson, LTC Lee Winter and LTC Don Strout. Our Prayers are with the families. Recent promotions include C/ SSgt Hicks and Webber promoted to C/ TSgt, C/SSgt Knightly and Taylor to C/ TSgt, C/A1C Curley to C/SrA, C/Amn Gomes to C/A1C and C/Amn Crump to C/A1C. Congratulations to all cadets and to the Cadet Commander C/MSgt Thompson for receiving his Goddard.

The experience at Lt. Col. Walter Anderson’s funeral was new for some people. Performing the military honors, and working with an Air Force Honor Guard doing the gun salutes, was part of something that, whether it was new or not, made participants honored to be in such an event, especially since we were honoring one of our own. Right before vehicles arrived, cadets lined up on the sides of the path the hearse was going to drive through. As the hearse drove by, the cadets saluted. The casket, draped in an American flag, was carried over to the gravesite. After the pastor said a few words, military honors started. The Air Force and Navy Honor Guard performed a twenty-one-gun salute; seven gunmen fired their M-16s three times. As the sound of shots died down a lone trumpeter sounded taps. As the cadets saluted, members of the Air Force and Navy Honor Guards folded the American flag and presented it to Lt. Col. Walter Anderson’s family. As this
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Are You Mission Ready? Be Prepared!


Machias Valley Composite Squadron
Well, they finally did it. Major Jim Greenlaw and Major Jim Raymond made it to the top. It is over 900 feet from Musquash Lake to Musquash summit. There are several antenna towers there and several equipment shelters to accompany them. The wing was interested in is a small 8x8 wood construction with Styrofoam insulation. Not exactly weather tight. They acquired the combination and finally got in. There are three repeaters housed in the shelter. K1HHC amateur voice, K1HHC amateur digi and ME1601 CAP digi. The tower is claimed to be under the control of the International Amateur Radio Club and under the custodianship of Harland Hitchins of Princeton. Machias Valley and St Croix Composite Squadrons held a joint holiday party at the winter quarters of the Machias Squadron. All cadets and seniors enjoyed the food and social aspects of the party. First Lieutenant Wayne Merritt, Commander of the Machias Valley ComFirst Squadron, promotes Second posite Lieutenant Wayne Lieutenant Elaine Merritt to First LieuMerritt, Elaine serves as the administenant. Commander of the testing officer of the trative officer and Machias Valley squadron. C o m p os ite Squadron, promotes Second Lieutenant Elaine Merritt to First Lieutenant. Elaine serves as the administrative officer and testing officer of the squadron.

St Croix Composite Squadron
During the last quarter, the St Croix Composite Squadron has been busy with learning about the updates on CPR & First Aid training. All cadets and senior members did very well in adapting to the new procedures. One entire meeting was dedicated to learn-

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ing about this important subject. In our monthly newsletter “Sierra Charlie”, a quiz is presented to educate our cadets and keep them up-to-date. In February, the squadron had the first ever “Winter Survival” weekend. The cadet and seniors arrived at the Princeton Airport after dark and made shelters out of the materials available in the woods where the camp was set up. Classes were held on a variety of subjects pertaining to winter survival and off they went to sleep outside with temperatures dropping to 5 degrees above zero. All survived and ate MREs the next morning for breakfast. Cadets stated they enjoyed the weekend and additional training they received. 2Lt Judy Murray, PAO, ME076

Peter Kleskovic, SM Michael McCray, 2Lt Merrie Knightly, 2Lt Kenneth Knightly, 1Lt Dennis Murray, 2Lt Judy Murray, Capt Donald Godfrey, 2Lt Paul Connors, 1Lt Richard Machado, Capt Chris Hayden, Capt Brian Carter, 1Lt Cindy Greer, 1Lt Richard Hunter, LTC Rich Grover, 2Lt Mona Grover, Capt Jerry Carlyle, 1Lt Louis Eastman, 1Lt Jean Boynton, 1Lt Wayne McKinney and Capt Ralph Gamache. Capt Mitch Sammons did an excellent job by putting together this course and for having speakers available to fill in for educators who at the last minute could not attend. I strongly recommend to each senior member to attend the CLC if given the chance to do so. You will learn more than you can get on the squadron level and this course helps to bring you “the big picture.” - Editor
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to work in the shop to complement the 2001 team. The No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet will make its debut run Feb. 16 in the D aytona 300 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. (Courtesy of Air Education and Training Command News Service)

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Sundown Composite Squadron Pinetree Senior Squadron Cumberland County Composite Squadron Augusta-Gardiner Composite Squadron

was being done, one of Bangor/ Brewer Squadron’s aircraft flew over, dipping its wings. Afterwards, as people were leaving, Mrs. Anderson thanked cadets. This experience was a good one for cadets who were involved. The Air Force Honor Guard was very helpful in letting the cadets know what they were to be doing while military honors were given. It is something that will not soon be forgotten, the honor of paying tribute to one of our members. By C/TSgt Scott Knightly.


The Civil Air Patrol is often the first to find those who are lost or in distress
CONCORD, N.C. (AFPN) -- The Civil Air Patrol announced Jan. 15 a multiyear agreement as the primary sponsor of the NASCAR Busch Series No. 46 Lewis Motorsports Chevrolet. By signing on as primary sponsor, CAP officials hope to increase awareness of their three primary missions: cadet programs, aerospace education, and emergency services. CAP is the official civilian auxiliary of the Air Force. "The NASCAR Busch Series offers the Civil Air Patrol an affordable and effective marketing platform that will provide the vehicle to inform and educate the general public about CAP," said Brig. Gen. Richard Bowling, CAP national commander. "The enormous reach of the sport will e nable us to introduce our 60 year old organization to millions of people over a short period of time," he said. "This will provide the impetus necessary to effectively augment and a dvance CAP missions." CAP found a perfect fit with driver Ashton Lewis Jr. and the family-owned team of Lewis Motorsports, CAP officials said. "Once the Civil Air Patrol recognized the marketing potential available to us through primary sponsorship in the NASCAR Busch series, it became necessary to find the right team -- or the right fit -- for CAP," Bowling said. "We were not interested in just any team. Other than the obvious criteria -- a driver with the ability to win races -- there were other requirements that had to be met if we were to enter into this arena. "The Lewis Motorsports Team fit the bill for
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The master pilot and his untested Civil Air Patrol search party orbited the Alaskan bush between Anchorage and Mount McKinley. All eyes were on the ground, looking for evidence of aircraft wreckage. Two hours into their sector, full of bears, leafy brown plains and brisk Memorial Day air traffic, the team spied the speck of a wreck from 1,500 feet. The search team honed their skills in this aerial confidence course. Someday members might fly an actual emergency mission over Alaska, sometimes called the inland aerial search capital of America. Airmanship, courage, vigilance and sacrifice pervade Alaska, the sprawling land where many citizens own private airplanes. And where one-third of the CAP’s forces never served in the military. No problem. They’re serving humanity with their civic duty today. The Civil Air Patrol is the official Air Force auxiliary, a nonprofit and federally chartered corporation of nearly 60,000 people age 12 and up. Their storied and aggressive start was in 1941. As a flying “Neighborhood watch with bombs,” they were on patrol against Nazi subs and other menaces to national defense a week before Pearl Harbor was attacked. Since that dark time, the United States’ need for this volunteer group has increased, although the mission has changed. Floats and skis The Alaska Civil Air Patrol flies 31

corporate fixed-wing search planes, some in stock trim. Others are custom-outfitted with floats or skis. Each hauls a crew of three, four or six on air hunts. Searchers find crash sites and radio their findings to a dispatcher. Then other agencies pick up the survivors. In Alaska that process amounts to about 100 “saves” yearly. A commercially rated pilot flies the aircrew within an assigned inland search grid. A “scanner” crewmember, which sits in the rear seat of the single engine aircraft, looks for wreckage and other air traffic. In the right front seat an “observer” primarily navigates and picks up distress signals. The CAP, for example, can have several search aircraft teams orbiting Alaska’s sprawling land mass. Their senior members work closely with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at Camp Denali on fort Richardson. This interagency organization responds to about 400 rescue calls each year. The center is also the CAP’s mission-based planning staff in Alaska. While a team at camp Denali does much of the flight following, planning and d irecting, the CAP focuses its missions for the center’s time sensitive searches. Such a support structure is particularly helpful during costly, and o f t e n o v e r l a p p i n g , m u l t i - day searches that require several rescue craft. “This is unlike other wings. The amount of saves they do is probably double or triple what the ‘lower 48’ does,” said Lt. Col. Randy Mathis, the Civil Air Patrol-Air Force Pacific Liaison Region commander at Beal Air Force Base, California. Credit for all lives saved in Alaska is about equally divided among Civil Air P atrol, Air Guard, Army guard and municipal forces he said. Special arsenal Seventy-five feet of wood planking squeaked and swayed with friendly
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familiarity under the weight of Bob Brouillette’s brown Wellington boots. Shock waves in the water underneath the dock obscured an upside-down view of what could be called the wettest U.S. government airfield, The Alaska Civil Air Patrol’s floatplane base and maintenance facility at Lake Hood in Anchorage. Brouillette flies and manages the CAP facility that maintains 31 aircraft and five gliders. His staff i n cludes three full-time mechanics. He learned about CAP when he retired from the Air Force in 1970.

“I was always interested in making civilians proud of the military,” he said. “This fulfills that requirement.” Two of the patrol’s floatplanes are always ready for duty for Alaska’s many lakes and 17,500 miles of inland waterways, even during winter. This includes the state’s 28,000 miles of glaciers. Aircraft from Alaska’s state law enforcement and National Guard are also in the search chain. But- logistically and financially- the Civil Air Patrol is the area’s first search force. Growth from within Across town in Anchorage is the bright blue-and-white Polaris Civil Air Patrol compound at Merrill Field. CAP leaders tweak the curiosity of 12 young cadets. Cadets don’t fly searches, but many do learn to refuel and fly aircraft--and discourage drug use among peers. These are forms of “cadet education,” said Capt. Stanley Bolling, the Reserve’s individual mobilization augmentee to squadrons in Alaska. Bolling is a native of the state and a former ac-

tive-duty air weapons instructor. He teaches technology, aerospace and math at Anchorage’s Bartlett High, subject areas that help him motivate cadets who attend school. Just 25 air miles from Merrill Field stands a flight-meeting center where members practice aerospace education. The town, airport and auxiliary derive their natural nameBirchwood- from the surrounding trees. Exuberant cadets marshal $250,000 aircraft at Birchwood, with senior members shadowing them. Their spirit and curiosity make those fictitious youths from “Lord of the Flies” seem like wimpy wannabes. One clear motivating factor for cadets remains encased. It’s a German-made glider so advanced the U.S. Test Pilot School at Edwards Air force Base, Calif., leases one as the TG-9. On this three-day holiday weekend, cadets at Birchwood raised their voices in unanimous support of the glider flights being rolled into the patrol’s cadets and aviation education charters. “Everybody was out of their seats, going ‘Yes!’ there’s a glider coming down,” said Cadet Naythan Hansen, an excited visitor from Kenai, Alaska. The charismatic glider offers quality airtime at a sliver of the

nications, or on search parties. Fortunately, the intensive aerial drills in clear summer weather were not interrupted by any calls to real, dire action. But more than a few senior members had ears trained to rescue radio bands for field calls that could have turned into riveting, allout holiday search calls. Bethany Morgan of Anchorage listened and labored. As a volunteer she’s ready on the invisible edge members maintain between ‘practice” and “real world” at Birchwood. Although she works full time, Morgan has been on three searches, once over the exotic grand spine of the lower Alaska-Canada frontier. “When we’re on exercises, we search for a target, and it’s a scientific mindset. But an actual search is different,” she explained. “You’re searching for a life.” Saving others is at the core of CAP service.
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fixed wing flying hour expense. It’s one big way the leaders motivate cadets. There are rewards for the patrol’s senior members, too. They can rotate through the core emergency leadership positions at Birchwood, from the office radio commu-

us," he said. "They are a familyowned and managed team. CAP is a family-oriented membership organization. We have many members where the entire family participates in CAP missions -- some even go back to the grandparents who joined during World War II." Ashton Lewis Jr. will pilot the No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet, while his brother Charlie Lewis will call the shots as crew chief. "We have worked for years to get to this point, and to have our first sponsor be the Civil Air Patrol is more than I could have ever asked for," Ashton said. "The Civil Air Patrol is new to the sport and we want to make their first year very memorable, and that is my major focus for the 2002 season.” "Last year we ran in the front with teams that have 20 or 30 guys at their shop," he said. "Lewis Motorsports had eight guys total, including the team owner, my father." The sponsorship will allow the team to hire additional people
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Who is the Safety Officer?
CAP's recent accident record has been good. By far, the majority of the crashes that have occurred have been during landings with C-182's and our glidertowing Maule with the big 235 engine. Both have heavy engines. Their noses want to drop when the power is pulled back close to the ground. When that happens, non-proficient pilots often end up making multiple landings when only one was intended. This bouncing, sometimes known as porpoising or Pilot Induced Oscillations (PIO), is embarrassing and hard on the hardware at best, but can quickly turn nasty as the a/c gains more energy in each succeeding bounce and becomes more nose-down in attitude. On the aircraft we fly this leads to bent props, crushed landing gear, smashed cowlings, engine tear-downs, and because of the vectors of force in this attitude, bent firewalls --significant damage, in other words. So, what kind of CAP members would flub up a landing with PIO's? 1) A FL. Wing member bringing a CAP a/c into Fun-n-Sun....splashed in front of the crowd, stopping the air show action, and rendering CAP no longer the best kept secret at that gathering; 2) A CAP member and Marine F/A 18 driver, (crosswinds on a light a/c helped him lose it); 3) the director of CAP's national glider encam pment, to name a few. We're not necessarily talking about a group of low-time pilots here, folks. That's why, if you were designing training, you'd go to where there is demonstrated weakness first. Practicing good landings is important. PIO's cause crashes. Learn to control PIO's. Crashes will b avoided. Many e people said, The Pilot in Command (PIC) is the cause of almost all crashes. We're talking bent metal crashes here, (that shouldn't confuse anyone). Well, PIC is a good answer, but not the right answer. It doesn't go to the question of how y ou train for safety. If "(A) The PIC" was the answer, then the only solution would be to ground the pilots. Training should change behavior to achieve a desired result. To do that you have to determine what behavior is behind the problem, and then effect a change that eliminates the problem. While saying "the PIC is at fault" is a truism, it is also a cop-out. To a great extent, CAP culture is a problem here. How many times have you heard someone (like me) say "Everybody is a Safety Officer." We all say it. I think it's emblazoned somewhere on the CAP coat of arms. We know what is intended by the little ditty, but the real effect of saying "Everybody is a Safety Officer" is that "Nobody is the safety officer". Blasphemy! Lightning from Maxwell....I don't care. Sometimes the old catch phrases just don't get the job done. In life, if everyone's responsible, nobody is r e sponsible. Only one person attempted "PLA" as the answer. He qualified it by saying, if PLA stood for Pilot's Lax Attitudes, that would be his choice. It doesn't stand for that. It was supposed to stand for Palestine Liberation Organization, but I spelled it wrong. Take some time this week to practice landings (if you are a pilot). Control the flair. If you bounce, use a little power to ease it back on, or else, fly off and get back in the pattern. Don't give those fools in the parked cars outside the fence along the runway anything to talk about. Col. James Linker, Maine Wing Commander, CAP

Encampment is just around the corner. For all first year cadets, the wall awaits you. For returning cadets, let’s get ready to have some fun this summer. –Editor

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