There are those who 'write' policy ... and then there are those in the field that actually get the job done. Reminds me of the old expression: "No inspection-ready unit has ever passed combat."
I was even told not to shoot RAW which is my normal setting, nor to use my laptop with LightRoom, etc. to really make the images pop.
... the job is to make them accurate enough to decide if resources are necessary in the area and to assist with procuring funding in the area, etc.
Our job is to provide the customer with what they requested. It's what they're expecting to work with.
You want to innovate... Be a provider within the program...After a while become one of the leaders, then you can try innovation then...
Quote from: Eclipse on September 11, 2016, 10:09:50 PM... the job is to make them accurate enough to decide if resources are necessary in the area and to assist with procuring funding in the area, etc.But still doesn't mean there is a little disappointment there. Just perform to the accepted level ... and not exceed it. Just be a cog in the machine. Don't think, leave that to the folks higher up the chain. Yep. Got it. Accept it and moving right along. Actually makes it much easier now that I know where levels of performance are. I'll just enjoy flying and 'snapping' a few photos and stop thinking 'innovation'. .
One of the problems with someone going way above what is expected is it sets a new standard that not everyone can meet. What happens if the customer gets used to your pictures then gets a batch of the standard pictures? Can you provide training to everyone who takes/processes the pictures? Will those who are not professional photographers retain the knowledge and skills to consistently provide the higher than standard pictures? BTDT (different subject).
as SAR dwindles away.
"SAR" isn't "dwindling away"
Why do your posts have this hanging period?
Quote from: Eclipse on September 12, 2016, 11:19:25 AM"SAR" isn't "dwindling away"Isn't it fewer each year? Isn't technology making it easier and quicker to find without CAP with the newer ELTs and folks with PLBs? More and more local agencies in many places with their own helicopters and more to search before CAP ever gets called? Some locations more than others so it'll be a geographic thing.At whatever level of rate of change, I don't think SAR in 10-20 years will be often enough to justify this large fleet of airplanes. I think Homeland Security, FEMA and others will by far be our largest customer base by then, with very few calls from AFRCC.
1. Now that we have fewer false alarm ELTs, manpower and resources are more freed up to grow our support of FEMA, 1AF, and others on the national level.
Quote from: Spaceman3750 on September 12, 2016, 03:59:42 PM1. Now that we have fewer false alarm ELTs, manpower and resources are more freed up to grow our support of FEMA, 1AF, and others on the national level.Yep. Exactly what I and others have discussed in other threads. CAP's response to Hurricane Katrina, flooding in the Carolinas, wildfires in the west, the Syracuse mission and so many others are starting to really redefine CAPs role on the national stage. Innovation on our side to see how many new ways we can serve those agencies will go a long way toward solidifying our future. As you say perfectly "Brave New World".If you've ever been a member of a small country church ... when some young kid mentions something new ... the old deacons have a phrase: "We ain't never done it that way before and don't see any reason to change it now!" Either the innovative folks take charge and grow the church ... or the church slowly dies.Myself .... I'm ready for the Brave New World.
I'm glad you agree with me, but you should really take the rest of my post to heart as well, not just what reinforces your point.SAR isn't dead, it's just different than what we're used to doing.
Quote from: Spaceman3750 on September 12, 2016, 05:22:09 PMI'm glad you agree with me, but you should really take the rest of my post to heart as well, not just what reinforces your point.SAR isn't dead, it's just different than what we're used to doing.I didn't say it was dead. I said it was dwindling. Which yes, also may be too strong a word. But I still maintain that SAR isn't the big future of CAP. As I've said before ... give it 20 years, maybe less, and we may be moved out of the AF and into Homeland Security. (never say never.) Interesting times lay ahead.
So how do you know it's dwindling? You said before that you're new to CAP. So what base of experience are you basing your opinion on?
You could cull the AFRCC annual reports to get a broad idea.
Quote from: Spaceman3750 on September 12, 2016, 09:55:41 PMYou could cull the AFRCC annual reports to get a broad idea.Check out page 16 on this one. The states are listed separately from NHQ CAP. In every year NHQ has 60 or 70 saves on top of state Wings. Has does that happen? http://www.1af.acc.af.mil/Portals/93/2015%20ANNUAL%20REPORT.pdf?ver=2016-04-27-151339-313