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01-12-2011 04:34 PM  7 years agoPost 1
lib435

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Anyone here belong to this voluntary group either in the US or the UK. If so would you care to share some info/experiences.
Many Thanks.
Graham.

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01-12-2011 05:26 PM  7 years agoPost 2
TheWoodCrafter

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Do we have a "civil air patrol"in this country?

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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01-12-2011 05:37 PM  7 years agoPost 3
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http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/

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01-12-2011 05:38 PM  7 years agoPost 4
ErichF

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Yes, great organization. It serves as the official auxiliary for the USAF. CAP also owns the largest corporate general aviation fleet in the world. Half my full scale flying time is from CAP flying. I was a mission pilot/instructor for CAP for a few years.

They are also the first group that the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) calls in response to overdue or missing aircraft, as well as ELT hits.

Check it out.

Erich

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01-12-2011 06:46 PM  7 years agoPost 5
wtvariety

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I learn something new from this site everyday

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01-12-2011 07:59 PM  7 years agoPost 6
lib435

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ErichF, thanks for the reply mate, do you have any interesting stories during your time with CAP. I only ask as I'm considering volunteering for the UK equivalent.
Regards Graham.

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01-12-2011 08:49 PM  7 years agoPost 7
ErichF

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My favorite time was giving the Cadets their "O-Rides" or Orientation Flights. Each Cadet is entitled to 5 powered aircraft flights, and 5 glider aircraft flights paid for by the USAF. I was in a CAP squadron with 25 cadets, and none of the had any flights yet. So, I was logging 5-6 hours every weekend doing their flights.

Taking kids up on their first few flights is just awesome.

Then, there's the time I was flying a training mission for a new Observer and a couple scanners in the back seat when I flipped the radio over to 121.5...and found a real world ELT going off. We called in a real-world mission and started tracking it across Florida. Apparently it was an ELT on a boat that was going off after it was pulled from the water and being trailered across the state

Here in FL most ELT missions are actually from Boats rather than aircraft. My last CAP mission was a real-world ELT with no overdue aircraft reported. We found the ELT on an airport, in an avionics shop hanger, after hours, of course. We eventually got access and shut it off. The ELT was just pulled from a Lake Amphibian and was sitting on the wing blasting away with no one around.

Erich

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01-12-2011 09:50 PM  7 years agoPost 8
PC12DRVR

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CAP is not always a great thing, I have run into (almost literally) and seen some of the worst pilots in the CAP alot of Air Force wanna be's that could not make the grade for the USAF academy, but get to fly 182's on the governments dime, seen some really poor piloting over the years from the CAP crowd, I'm not impressed.

Then again, I personally know a retired USAF pilot who flew B-52's and B1-B's as well as the FB-111. Great guy and a very knowledgeable pilot, but the exception in my personal experience.

Good Luck

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01-12-2011 10:49 PM  7 years agoPost 9
michael88997

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I am not involved yet but I work at the Denton airport which I believe is their biggest operation in the south, I know they meet monthly and do several things during the weeks

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01-12-2011 11:35 PM  7 years agoPost 10
skyking1

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Zanesville, Ohio

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Civil Air Patrol - Ohio

Used to belong to the Ohio wing in the mid-80s to mid-90s. Always had a great time. Got to fly their corporate plane many hours. Lots of training missions and several real life situations too.

Made lots of friends there. Good old days!!

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