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CAP in the News!

Feb
21

February 20, 2012 - WHP-TV 21 Harrisburg interviewed Cadet Airman John Carberry and CAP Pilot Major Bruce Russell about the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Orientation Flight Program.

TV 21 video

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2011 Quality Cadet Unit Award Winners

Jan
30

quality cadet unit award logoCongratulations to the winners of the 2011 Quality Cadet Unit Award from Pennsylvania Wing!  Any cadet unit that displays strong program fundamentals can earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award. This new award motivates squadrons to pursue goals that we think will inevitably lead to their having a vibrant Cadet Program. The Quality Cadet Unit Award is purely objective. Cadet and composite squadrons who meet the challenging criteria below automatically earn the award. 

 

The 2011 award recipients from Pennsylvania Wing are:

Allegheny County Composite Squadron 602

Chester County Composite Squadron 1008

Golden Triangle Composite Squadron 603

Willow Grove JRB Squadron 902

Butler Composite Squadron 712

Mt Pocono Composite Squadron 207

Nittany Composite Squadron 338

 

 

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National Cadet Special Activities Interviews 28 January

Jan
18

Interviews for National Cadet Special Activities will take place at Wing Headquarters on Saturday 28 January.  Staff Interviews for PA Wing Encampment, Leadership Developement and Cadet Leadership School will also take place during this time.

Sign-in will begin at 0800 with interviews commencing at 0900.  Uniform of the day is Blues,  service dress preferred.  
 
All members interviewing for NCSA slots or staff positions at Wing schools must be safety current and bring with them the following items:

  • Valid CAP membership card
  • Signed printout of CAP activity application from eServices

The Wing Cadet Advisory Council (CAC) will also meet during this time to plan the upcoming 2012 Cadet Conference and other events.  Groups and squadrons are reminded to send their respective CAC representatives and alternates.
 
A light lunch will be served at 1200.  Interviews are expected to last until 1700.
 
For more information contact Lt Col Bruce Brinker, Wing Director of Cadet Programs at ebony271@ptd.net

 

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CAP celebrates The Wright Brothers Day at Carnegie Science Center

Dec
18

Science center's flight simulators turn public into 'Top Gun' pilots

By Rick Wills, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, December 18, 2011

 
Jake Kern of Oakdale was thrilled to be flying -- albeit in a simulated Cessna 182.
"It's great. You get fly the airplane. Then you get to crash it," said Jake, 8, who used the simulators on display on Saturday in the Carnegie Science Center.
The Civil Air Patrol sponsored the event in celebration of its 70th anniversary and of the 108th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight on Dec. 17, 1903.
By early afternoon, about 200 people had conducted simulated flights.
"It was a lot of fun. I've always wanted to fly. I probably just watched "Top Gun" too many times," said Matt Stewart of Pine in reference to the Tom Cruise movie about a naval aviator.
Maj. Kevin Berry, commander of the Civil Air Patrol's Squadron 712 in Butler, oversaw construction of the flight simulators to advance the unit's aerospace education mission.

Read more: Science center's flight simulators turn public into 'Top Gun' pilots - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_772594.html#ixzz1gvRbo0wW

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Civil Air Patrol Partners with FAA for Safety Training

Dec
10

FAA and Wings logo

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS -- Civil Air Patrol has established a safety education partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration that will provide CAP members with automatic education credits for completing safety education within the FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.
 
The WINGS program objective is to address primary accident-causing issues that plague the general aviation community. The FAA hopes the program will help reduce the number of accidents it sees each year resulting from the same causes. CAP members will benefit from this relationship by receiving credit toward CAP safety education requirements upon completion of FAA-approved courses. 
 
The WINGS program – available to all aviation enthusiasts at www.faasafety.gov – helps aviators and aviation enthusiasts construct an educational curriculum suitable for their individual flight requirements. It emphasizes flight proficiency by using the FAA’s Practical Test Standards. 
 
CAP requires all members to complete safety education at set intervals, which has helped improve the organization’s overall safety results in air and ground operations. Providing increased awareness through education complements CAP’s safety management system.  
 
“We are proud of our relationship with the FAA,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, adding, “recurrent training programs like this one help all pilots reach their highest potential and maintain a high level of safety and proficiency.”
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2012 National Cadet Special Activity and Scholarship Applications

Dec
02

The National Cadet Special Activities Event Module in eServices has been activated, and is now accepting applications for the 2012 NCSA's.  The Scholarship Application Module is also open at this time. 

There is a notice on the Event Module main screen that says “Due to ongoing budget uncertainty in Congress, the price reflected for special activities on NCSAS.com is TENTATIVE and is subject to change. We’re listing an estimated tuition so that families have a general idea as to the cost to participate.”  Any changes to the tuition will be communicated as quickly and completely as possible.

For the complete list of activities, visit: http://www.ncsas.com/

Review of the application process (Both NCSA and Scholarship); 
  1. Members apply from 1 Dec until 15 January. 
  2. Unit CCs have until 1 Feb to approve applications. 
  3. Wings have until 15 February to approve/green light applications. 
  4. Announcements made in mid-March. 
CCs will see the pending approvals in the Commander’s Corner. 
 
****Reminder: PA Wing Cadet Programs will be conducting NCSA interviews at Wing HQ Saturday, Jan 28, 2012. Sign-in will start at 0800hrs, followed by a brief meeting and introductions at 0900hrs.  Interviews will run from 0930 until all are completed.  A light lunch will be served at noon.  Proper uniforms are required for interviews.  All candidates must have current valid CAPID card for interviews.
 
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