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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.

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Civil Air Patrol Partners with FAA for Safety Training

Dec
10

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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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