Squadron Commander— Maj. Jim Gosnell Deputy Commander for Cadet Programs Capt.

Cindy Bennett
Inside this issue: Commander’s Corner Calendar Safety 1 2 3

Vol. 3, No. 4

April 2012

From the Commander: Time for growth……… As the temperatures start to warm, we can see the beginning of a new growing season. Do we ever wonder if we are growing? We should always be growing. Personal or professional growth is very important to us as individuals and as an organization. Growth keeps us active. Growth keeps us up to date. Growth keeps us involved. Where are opportunities for growth? They are all around us. There are several upcoming CAP Professional Development activities in addition to our regular squadron training. The CAP Professional Development Weekend, South East Region Staff College, NESA, or the NCPSC are a few upcoming activities. There are several online courses on the CAP website that are challenging and rewarding. The Aerospace Education or “Yeager” test is one example. There are other options that are also available. You could take on additional responsibilities at the Squadron or Wing level. You could work to get qualified in a new aircraft. You could work on an additional FAA rating. There are many opportunities out there to grow. Don’t miss the growing season. Most people practice until they get it right. That is not enough. We need to practice until we don’t get it wrong. Jim Gosnell Commander AL-118

Standards and Eval 4 Senior’s Corner Professional Development “Did You Know?” 5 6-8 9

Volunteer Magazine 10 Cadet Staff Character Development Internet Sites Cadet Corner 1214 11


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2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt, PAO and Newsletter Editor LTooney@cableone.net

“To serve America by developing our Nation’s youth; accomplishing local, state and national emergency and humanitarian missions; and educating our citizens on the impact of aviation and space.”
- CAP Mission Statement

Calendar . . .

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April 2012
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat





Cadet Mt. 18:00 PT at Lakeside Park Seniors Mt. 18:30




9 Happy Birthday, Roy Smith

10 Happy Birthday, Alan Furr


12 13 Happy Birthday, Ron Turner Cadet Mt. 18:00 19 Cadet Mt. 18:00 Seniors Mt. 18:30 26 Cadet Mt. 18:00 20
Happy Birthday, Jonathan Watkins



16 Income Taxes Due


18 Happy Birthday, Richard Burke 25


WESS—Vigilant Warrior

Happy Birthday, Jerrod Finlay





Happy Birthday, Daniel Iddins


Cadet Schedule and Uniform for April 2012:
April 5 — PT, Safety Brief, Practice Drill at Lakeside Park- (Uniform—P.T.) April 12— Leadership (Dress Blues) April 19— Character Development (BDU’s) April 26— Aerospace (BDU’s) April 20-22—WESS

Safety . . .

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We all know March to be the month with strong winds and the time to get out your kites. But, as with much of our folklore, March is not the windiest month. No, April actually exceeds the average winds in March by 25% according to my Google of this phenomenon. So I don’t feel that I’m too late in talking about polishing our skills in cross-wind landings. I was fortunate to fly quite a lot in March, and I will have to admit that I was challenged repeatedly with strong crosswind components. Our flying is predominantly done into and out of single runway airports so our probability of encountering a significant crosswind is actually fairly high. I read a lot of aviation publications as I am sure you do too. I recently ran across an article by Chris Hope, an experienced and extremely well qualified instructor on cross wind landings and I would like to share some of his insights on crosswind procedures. “All of us had cross-wind landings mastered at one time. And, if you fly a plane with the third wheel at the back end instead of the front end, you have never lost that skill. But I find from the flight reviews I conduct, that many pilots have let that skill drift away (similar to the way we let the centerline drift away on short final.) So here are some techniques that you might have heard and forgotten, or that you might have heard slightly differently, to help you get the plane aligned with the centerline of the runway, and to keep it on the centerline while on final and through and after touchdown. Since this column is looking at crosswind landings, let’s assume that you can figure out the glideslope and airspeed parts of the pattern, and look only at centerline placement, and aircraft alignment. When I talk about looking at the runway, the runway picture I am talking about is the entire centerline. I want to visually line up the far end of the runway with the near end of the runway. Then I want the point on the airplane nose that is in front of my eyes (not the center of the cowling) lined up with both the near end and far end of the runway. It is nonsensical to talk about lining up with the approach end of the runway. No matter where you are in space, if you are flying to a single point, you are lined up with that point. You are only lined up with the runway centerline if you have all three points lined up. Some pilots like to fly in a crab all the way down the final approach course, and then align the aircraft with the runway at the last instant. And some pilots like to align the aircraft with the centerline as soon as they roll out the turn from base to final. Both systems work, but both have some drawbacks. Looking first at the “crab-on-final-and-kick-it-out-at-the-end” technique. Plus side – the airplane is in coordinated flight all the way down the final approach course. No slips, no skids and therefore no extra power requirements. Also, this is the same technique you use in flying rectangular courses. Down side – lots of changes to the airplane at the last minute to get the plane pitched correctly and on centerline and maintaining the runway alignment. It can be done, and it is beautiful when it works well. But there is definitely some quick movement going on here. Now let’s look at the infamous “wing-low’ method. Plus side- we can get the correct rudder and aileron figured out when still away from the runway. Down side – we are in a slip, which is a drag producer, which requires an increase in power. But I generally teach my students to use this technique initially because I believe the plusses outweigh the minuses. From the time you roll out on final, if you are lining up the far and near ends of the runway over the point on the cowling, the changes in the flare will be minor. But, yes, you probably need a bit more power on final to overcome the drag. So as you are beginning to flare, continue to look all the way down the runway, watching for the aircraft drift and for the nose to slowly turn (usually left). And consciously tell yourself that you will probably need more aileron and rudder at the end so you can ready for it. Don’t be nervous about touching down first on the up-wind main wheel. Count yourself as an expert the first time it happens. Just leave the controls in (and increasing) all the way through the rollout and you will start to see the centerline right in front of you, straight ahead. Happy landings, fly safe!” Whichever method you are accustomed to, April will be a great month to practice your technique. If you feel you need a little refresher on the whole concept, grab one of our CFI’s and go out and find a crosswind! Fly Safe, Ron Harlan, 118 Safety Officer

Reminder: Read the newsletter and receive a Safety Briefing Credit. Please email Ron Harlan at - reh1685@aol.com

Standards and Eval. . .
Turning Final

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This will be my last article as the squadron standards & evaluation officer. Col. Lynn has asked me to move to the position of Wing Stan/Eval (DOV) officer. I have seen the pilots in this squadron progress over the years from the 172 to the 182 and ultimately to the 182T with the G-1000 navigation package. Most of our pilots have made the transition to the 182T, and I know some are still working diligently to make the transition. Some of our pilots have earned instrument ratings while others have continued their progress to obtain the commercial certificate. A few years ago I wrote an article on my thoughts regarding the difference between a pilot and an aviator. Today, I still believe that a true Aviator never loses the desire to keep learning more about aviation. Our pilots / aviators would not be a part of the CAP if they were not true aviators. The same is true for our cadets and senior officers, they all seem to want to keep learning more about their areas of interest. This squadron has grown to be one of the best composite squadrons in the wing. The leadership and the dedication of its members is nothing short of amazing. We have always responded to the mission when we are tasked. We train and prepare for the mission. Even though I have been mostly involved in the training of the squadron pilots I have also seen all the squadron members strive to become qualified and then to maintain their readiness. Thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to the CAP and to this squadron. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new squadron Stan/Eval officer: Capt. Tommy Grimes. Tommy brings a wealth of knowledge to the pilots of the squadron. He is currently renewing his CFI certificate and acquiring his instrument instructor certification. I have known Tommy for over 20 years. Capt. Grimes is a true aviator and will help the pilots of the squadron maintain their proficiency and currency. Do not hesitate to give Tommy a call if you are going flying, believe me when I say you will learn something from Tommy when flying with him as he has aviation experiences in multiple types of aircraft ranging from Cessna 150s to multimillion dollar corporate aircraft. Please welcome Capt. Grimes to the squadron Stan/ Eval position. Major Chris C. Iddins AL Wing Assistant DOV

“Safety Beacon” - Official Safety Newsletter of the Civil Air Patrol—April Issue
Click on the link below to see the latest copy of this newsletter:

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

Seniors Corner . . .
Attention all SENIORS !!!

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The first quarter or the year sure went fast. Scanner training is just about complete and we will soon start reviewing the Observer material. Below is the schedule for the next quarter. Please work on your SQTR sheets and complete tasks that must be done on line, such as the IS100, IS700 and CAP 117 ES parts 1 and 2 ! Also please check out the new Professional Development site due to be release the first week of April and see what’s needed for your next PD level.


18:30-18:45 18:45-18:50


19:10-20:30 Scanner AC Scanner AC

5-Apr-12 PD Review 19-Apr-12 3-May-12 PD Review 17-May-12 31-May-12 14-Jun-12 PD Review 28-Jun-12 Safety BREAK &

Observer AC Observer AC Observer AC Observer AC

Mentor Discussion Observer AC

We still need qualified pilots to fly Cadets. If you are available, please contact us. We are making progress in reaching this year’s flight time goal and now with the good weather, we can have a few high time months. We are about 80 hours behind. By the time you read this, CAP161 should have just received its 100 hour annual. Fresh and ready for the summer!

Hope to see everyone at the meeting next week. If anyone has any questions, please email me at kn4qt@bellsouth.net and let me know. David L Taylor 1st LT, Senior Deputy Commander 205-470-9801 - Cell kn4qt@bellsouth.net

Professional Development . . .

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Professional Development Weekend
April 27—29, 2012 Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
The Professional Development Weekend Registration is now open. You can access the registration via the ALWG web site at http://alwg.us/ It is important that you sign up and indicate whether you plan to stay on base at Maxwell AFB. We will have a gathering on Friday evening April 27th for those arriving that evening. We will begin bright and early on Saturday morning April 28th and go until late afternoon and will plan a get-together on that evening. Sunday morning the 29th we will again start early and hopefully be completed by midday and on our way home. FYI there is NO fee for attending the courses. There is a cost for housing on the base but is minimal and meals are extremely reasonable on base. We will provide more details on housing later. The Squadron Leadership School (SLS), Corporate Learning Course (CLC), UCC (Unit Commanders Course) and Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) are all critical courses in the professional development programs of the CAP. It impacts promotions, PD levels and specialty tracks and is important that each of you make the effort to attend. I am personally very excited about our Directors of the programs this year as they are all very capable and experienced CAP members who will make the courses interesting and informative. One of the privileges of participating in the Civil Air Patrol is the opportunity to participate in advanced training as an officer through a variety of advanced courses and schools. These courses and schools are taught by experienced CAP members who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their presentations. Our next Professional Development Weekend is April 28-29, 2012 at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL. We will conduct the Squadron Leadership School (SLS), Corporate Learning Course (CLC), the new Unit Commanders Course (UCC) and Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) course on that weekend. For promotion from 1st Lt. to Captain one must complete SLS. For promotion from Captain to Major one must complete CLC. To obtain the Master Rating in Cadet Programs Officer specialty track one must complete the TLC course and serve as a staff officer involved in the planning and instructing during the TLC course. We will have the opportunity to have several of our most recognized and knowledgeable squadron commanders conducting the UCC. Our Wing Senior Command Staff are strongly encouraging each Squadron Commander and Vice-Commander to participate in the new UCC. We plan to not only introduce this new course but use the opportunity to discuss many of the new reporting requirements and internet based systems we must use in CAP. If you want to learn what the senior and composite squadrons are doing that have successful programs, growing and garnering a lot of attention for their efforts you want to attend this training. In addition, one must serve as a staff member of SLS/CLC/UCC/TLC to advance from Major to Lt. Colonel. Those who advance must give back and the best and most important way is by teaching and mentoring.

The importance of learning how to function as a squadron commander, a duty officer and as a member of a team it is important to attend these courses to learn and to contribute your specific expertise to make our squadrons, our Wing and CAP Regionally and Nationally better organizations. We take seriously our course offerings and we work hard to provide the best learning environment possible.
Specific information of these three courses is listed below:

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Squadron Leadership School (SLS) is designed to enhance a senior member’s performance at the squadron level and to increase understanding of the basic function of a squadron and how to improve squadron operations. Prerequisites for attendance are completion of Level I and enrollment in one or more specialty tracks. Upon completion of the school, members should be able to understand the basic expectations associated with being a CAP member; commit to serving as a staff officer or NCO; develop an appreciation for the essential role squadrons play in CAP; acquire practical knowledge necessary for serving as a staff officer; and comprehend the leadership attitudes and skills necessary for serving effectively as a squadron staff officer. Corporate Learning Course (CLC) is an option after completing Squadron Leadership School to learn about squadron operations. The term “corporate” in the title of this course refers to CAP’s status as a nonprofit humanitarian corporation chartered by the United States Congress in 1946. Accordingly, wing-level operations carry out the major duties and responsibilities of the corporation for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The CLC is designed to explain how a wing operates in each of CAP’s major mission elements and how mission support functions support these mission elements. Armed with this knowledge, senior members can learn how they and their respective organizations can best support the wing and fulfill the corporate role of CAP. Upon completion of the course, members should be able to identify the function of the three mission elements of the wing, explain how the wing operates to carry out the missions of Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, explain how the mission support functions support the three mission elements of the wing, be able to analyze situations where core values impact the operation of the wing, discuss member roles in promoting corporate accountability and responsibility and the integration of Core Values into operations at all levels, compare and contrast leadership and management and describe situations in which each would be used. The new Unit Commanders Course (UCC) standardizes the training of squadron and group commanders throughout CAP. These commanders are the people responsible for administering programs and managing the volunteer members in the field. UCC discusses the traits and skills new unit commanders will need to develop to effectively manage their units. Topics include recruiting and retention, command responsibility and accountability, safety, how to work with families, management, leadership, communication, and elements of successful units and leaders. UCC is designed around a core/elective format. All attendees complete a core of lessons and a variety of lesson electives. Our wing can tailor the courses to meet the unique needs of our commanders. Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) course is the centerpiece of the Cadet Programs Officers’ specialty track. It prepares seniors to lead cadets at the unit level. This course focuses on the Senior member leader. To foster the learning environment that encourages open discussion among seniors, cadets are prohibited from participating in TLC. This program is required to obtain the Master rating in the Cadet Program Officers’ specialty track along with participation as a staff member preparing and teaching in the course.

We will be posting up the appropriate information for signing up for these courses very shortly. Members should plan to arrive on Friday evening April 27 unless one lives close by the Maxwell AFB and opts to drive. We will start classes promptly at 0800 with registration opening at 0700 each day. Our planning in previous PD events are to pack as much as possible into the training on Saturday and finish earlier on Sunday to allow members to travel back home at a reasonable time. Standby for additional information to be posted on the ALWG web site http://alwg.us/ within the next week for registration information. Capt. Rick Kilgore , Director of Professional Development Alabama Wing CAP ALWG CAP (o) 205/824-3635 - (f) 205/824-3677 - (c) 205/901-6460

Professional Development . . .
SOUTHEAST REGION STAFF COLLEGE July 8-14, 2012 McGhee Tyson Knoxville, Tennessee

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For those who are planning ahead, the Southeast Region Staff College will be held July 8-14, 2012 at McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN outside of Knoxville this year. The CAP Region Staff College is designed to provide selected senior members with the ability to better execute the duties and responsibilities associated with CAP command and staff positions. RSC provides students with in-depth studies of management, leadership, and communications skills, and shows how CAP's missions are accomplished at the region level. Seminar discussions, case studies, and practical exercises are integral parts of the RSC program. RSC lasts for 40 classroom hours in a laboratory/seminar environment, with the school itself lasting from 5-7 days. It is in some of the finest facilities in the Southeast at the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. This school is only held annually within our Southeast Region. We will provide more information as it becomes available to us but mark those dates down on the calendar.
Rick Kilgore, Capt, CAP Director Professional Development ALWG CAP (o) 205/824-3635 (f) 205/824-3677 (c) 205/901-6460

Did You Know? . . .

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Did you know that you can qualify to be an aircrew member as well as a ground team member? You may do this at the squadron, wing or national level, depending on availability of the training. I have been fortunate enough to have completed the GSAR training through Team Leader level, as well as the Mission Scanner/Photographer. As most of you know, the Alabama Wing hosts the Wing Emergency Services School (WESS) out of Maxwell Air Force Base, at their training facility known as Vigilant Warrior. Many of you have never had the opportunity to see the facility. During the March training weekend, I had the pleasure of being asked to fly out of Wetumka and take pictures of Vigilant Warrior, for the Air Force. This was the first time I had been in a CAP aircraft except for during my training at NESA. The flight not only gave me an opportunity to practice what I had learned at NESA but, it also gave me a look at the flying side of the mission, as opposed to being on a ground team. The other purpose of the flight was to provide the ground team students the opportunity to practice ground to air signals and to read air to ground signals. I had used ground to air signals however, this would be my first opportunity to see them from the aircrew point of view. The ground teams did a great job but, I could see that in an area of restricted visibility, it might be difficult for the aircrew to see the panels. It wasn’t easy seeing them in a clearing. I recommend using them only if radio contact cannot be made. The other part of the signaling was air to ground signaling. The pilot had to make several repeated motions, such as pitch and yaw ,to signal to the ground teams. Even with a seat belt on, it was difficult to stay in one place during the maneuvers. Since I was in the back seat, the pilot repeatedly asked if I was getting sick. I don’t know if having been in the Navy had anything to do with it but, I didn’t get sick and enjoyed the entire flight. I’m including a couple of pictures that I took on my flight over Vigilant Warrior. So . . . for those of you who wondered what it looks like, Now You Know. Eddie Shurbutt, Capt. SER-AL-118

“Volunteer” Magazine Information . . .

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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 – http://www.capvolunteernow.com/ cap_volunteer

(The April-June Newsletter was not available when I completed the newsletter. I will update it as soon as it becomes available.)

Pell City Cadet Staff
Cadet Commander—C/1st Lt. Rachel Shurbutt Executive Officer—C/1st Lt. Brain Scott Cadet Deputy Commander—C/2nd Lt. Jerrod Finlay Flights Commanders— C/Chief MSgt Michael Norwood (Bravo Flight) C/Chief MSgt Jonathan Watkins (Alpha Flight) Flight Sergeants— C/MSgt Christian Norwood (Alpha Flight) C/Chief MSgt Allaina Howard (Bravo Flight) Leadership Officers—C/TSgt John Smith and Christian Norwood Aerospace Officer—C/Chief MSgt Jonathan Watkins Safety Officer—C/1st Lt. Daniel Smith Emergency Services Officer—C/2nd Lt. Jerrod Finlay P.T. Officer—C/Maj. Peter Randolph

Character Development and PAO’s CORNER . . .

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Character Development
In addition to Civil Air Patrol, homeschooling my daughter Rachel, being involved at church, and volunteering at the horse barn, one of my major passions is teaching piano. Last week while I was teaching twin sisters a duet piece, a new thought popped into my head, and I shared it with them. Both of the girls are high achievers and tend to be perfectionists. They sometimes get upset with each other when mistakes are made while playing together. I told them that the best way to be a good performer of duets is to look at each other as a partner. Each partner’s job is to make the other look their best. To make the other pianist look her best, each has to take her job of learning the piece seriously. She has to practice, count, correct incorrect notes and rhythms, and do her best to play the music correctly. The other student has to do the same as well. When one slows down, the other needs to compensate so that they will keep the music together. By doing this, both pianists end up looking good when it comes recital time! The same goes with being a member of Civil Air Patrol. Each of us, no matter what rank or skill level, has a job to do. The best way we can make the whole squadron look well is to try our best to make each other look good. When we take our commitment seriously, it reflects well on the squadron, the wing, and on national as well. When we take an attitude that what we do or don’t do really doesn’t matter, all are affected negatively. As the old adage states, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Let’s all strive to be strong links in whatever “chain” we find ourselves. 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt

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

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:

Cadet Corner . . .
Cadet’s Corner

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Spring looks to be here! Everywhere you look, there is green grass, green trees, flowers blooming, and birds singing, people cutting the grass and planting stuff. I’ve seen shorts and tank tops on folks and its only March. The temperatures are already in the 80’s during the day now, what will summer bring? Spring also brings news of acceptance into National Cadet Special Activities, deadlines for staff applications to Al/MS Summer Encampment, and lots of plans for vacations and summer activities. I know we have cadets that will be attending NESA, COS, Encampment and other activities this summer. Congratulations to all those that have been accepted into their choice of activities. The WESS cycle for 2011-2012 will have it final session April 20-22 and the graduation exercise and ceremony will be on Sunday April 22. All parents and family members are invited to attend. Details will be announced as soon as they are available. Professional Development Weekend is being held April 28-29 at Maxwell Air Force Base for Senior members. We have a need for those that work with our cadets to go and attend the TLC course that is being offered. Please consider this course, it will help develop a deeper understanding of the Cadet Program. Registration is open now at www.alwg.us. Basic Cadet Training is being held May 4-5 at the Vigilant Warrior Training Facility. This is a free to the cadet event that will teach you what you need to know to succeed in CAP. You will need to provide your own transportation to this event. Details are already being sent out in separate emails about this event. Cadet NCO Academy is also being held May 4-5 at the Vigilant Warrior Training Facility. This event will focus on public speaking, leadership and leading a flight. If you are interested in attending this, please get me your name by April 18th. I have to rank the cadets and turn this list in by April 20th. As spring turns into summer and we all get busier in our lives always remember to think about everything we do from a safety standpoint. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids as the temps continue to rise and as we venture into the woods and fields, be sure to use sunscreen and bug spray. Watch where you put your feet and always look for those safety hazards. I hope everybody enjoys the great weather we are having and we all stay safe but have fun in our adventures. TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the tail number of the Pell City Composite Squadrons Aircraft? BONUS: What is the CAP ID on our CAP van? Email your answers to Cpt. Bennett at: cbennett50@bellsouth.net

Cadet Corner . . . Aerospace Hi

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How many of you know what a moonbuggy race is? This years moonbuggy race will be held April 13-14 at the US Space and Rocket Center. Teams from all over the US and the world will compete to see who can navigate through an obstacle course designed to simulate the moons surface. Open to teams from high school up, the students have to engineer a vehicle that can traverse this obstacle course while at the same time meeting height, width, and weight restrictions. This sounds like an exciting and challenging project and would be interesting to watch the competition. If you are interested in attending this event more info can be found here: http://www.al.com/42/index.ssf/2012/03/2012_moonbuggy_race_to_feature.html Nag, nag, nag. Here I am again, how many senior members have started studying Journey of Flight ? To take the Yeager exam, this is the text needed. Remember also, the Yeager Award can be used in place of a public presentation to a non-CAP group to meet professional development requirements during Level IV. So if public speaking makes you break out in hives and cold sweats this is a good opportunity for you. I repeat study the book, take the test; it is open book, has been in chronological order and is not timed. If you need help getting started, contact me cbennett50@bellsouth.net or 256-225-2230. TRIVIA QUESTION There weren’t any winners to my last trivia question; What was another name for the Gemini space program? The answer is “the sandwich program”. This was something I wasn’t familiar with so I found more information here: http://news.discovery.com/space/the-case-of-the-contraband-corned-beef-sandwich.html

Physical Training, held on the first Thursday of each month, will be back at Lakeside Park, adjacent to the Pell City Civic Center. Please get there a few minutes early and be dressed appropriately. Remember that wearing blue jeans for P.T. is not allowed. If you have any questions, please contact the next person in your chain of command!

Cadet Corner . . .

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Congratulations, Cadet Todd Aycock on your promotion to Cadet Airman. Todd is the son of Barry and Sandra Warren of Eastaboga, Alabama.

"I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation."

W.E.S.S. (http://wess.alwg.us/) . . .

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W.E.S.S. Training—April 20-22 , 2012 Vigilant Warrior—Titus, Alabama
The Schedule for April WESS will be: Basics and Advanced— Making up of tasks, Graduation Mission, and Graduation. Ground Team Leader School—Search Management (part 2), Probability of Detection (POD), Missing Persons Exercise, Working with SAR Canines, and Makeup Tasks. Graduation will be held on Sunday, April 22. More information on time, location, and requirements will be sent out as soon as it is available. All parents of graduating cadets are encouraged to attend. March WESS was a great weekend. The weather cooperated and much training was accomplished. In addition to the scheduled training, WESS was honored to have the crew and helicopter from Air EVAC Lifeteam come and give an informational presentation, followed by a question and answer session. The cadets were allowed to sit in the aircraft and have a hands-on experience. Pell City has been well represented at this year’s WESS by top-notch cadet students and staff. Thank you all for your participation!

.E.S.S. (http://wess.alwg.us/) . . .

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W.E.S.S. (http://wess.alwg.us/) . . .

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Trivia Question . . .
Last Month’s Trivia Question:

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The problem of manned, powered flight was essentially solved in 1885 with the invention of the internal combustion engine. It was designed and built by which German engineer?
ANSWER: Gottlieb Daimler produced the first single cylinder internal combustion engine. Future developments enabled construction of an engine with a power-to-weight ratio sufficient to lift man and machine. Otto Lilienthal built what is considered to be the forerunner of the hang glider. Karl Benz obtained the first patent for the internal combustion engine and Mercedes was a model name of an early motor vehicle built by Daimler in 1901. In 1926 Daimler and Benz became business partners and founded one of the most famous motor manufacturing companies in the world, Daimler-Benz. Mercedes Benz was the brand name that they used.

Congratulations, Peter Randolph, Trivia Winner



In 1804 the first glider was flown. It was soon developed sufficiently to carry a small boy. The craft was designed and built by an Englishman. What was his name?
Please send your answer to: LTooney@cableone.net and put “CAP Trivia” in the subject line.

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May 31—Cadet Fun Night

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