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 11 
 on: Yesterday at 01:20:05 PM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by Flying Pig
I guess I was blessed to learn to fly in So Cal where you could get 30-45 minutes in a 2-33.  When I was flying the Grob 103 Id get 2 hours with no problem.   My longest was 3.5 in a 1-26.  The only reason I came down was because I had to pee like you couldnt believe :) 
Well from the more detailed discussion it sounds like its all on the up and up with the CFI.  I really hope it doesnt discourage her to the point where she loses interest.


So, you went from flying a very quiet machine with zero propellers then, to now flying a machine with giant whirling blades of death that go WHOPWHOPWHOP over your head?

 ::)

Cheers
Spam

Flying gliders didnt buy momma that new Gucci hand bag.  Come to think of it... neither does flying Hueys?   :o

 12 
 on: Yesterday at 01:19:05 PM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by Flying Pig
So for 5 years we flew and she never soloed, and one day she did not come to the airport.  Her mother called and said she had run away and eloped with some boy they had never met.
   

Dude was probably a pilot.

 13 
 on: Yesterday at 12:40:36 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by RobG
Right now several SM have no confidence in our unit commander. I won't get into the reason why here as we are talking recruiting.

We have lost 2 cadets to AFA, one to AF ROTC, and 3 to active AF duty. a couple more to college. They where our strong leaders. Our current cadet staff is a C/1LT, and 2 C/2LT. We have a CMSGT ready to become C/2LT. a C/Capt. close to C/LTC.  We have two of our newer Cadets who are shining and keeping on eye on them, (Future Officers)


 14 
 on: Yesterday at 11:26:24 AM 
Started by jeders - Last post by jeders
That's what I needed, thank you.

 15 
 on: Yesterday at 11:20:58 AM 
Started by NIN - Last post by NIN
*sigh*

 We hear this a lot. A LOT.

 "We don't want to grow."

 ORLY?

 The stereotypical unit I hear this from is 15-20 cadets on the books, 8-10 showing up. 5 or 6 seniors on the books, 3 showing up.  This is not a CAP squadron. Its a flight barely staying ahead of annual charter review.

 Most of us can point to at least one if not more units like this in our wings.  The unit that perennially is "never big enough to get big enough" and yet they proudly tell anybody who will listen "We'd rather have 10 good members than 100 bad ones."   Last time I looked, it wasn't a binary choice.

 Most CAP squadrons can make a pretty go of things in their area if they make growth a priority, not an adjunct.  Growth does come with activity and presence, but presence and activity sometimes can't happen without growth.  Put another way: "Your feet may be moving, but at the end of the day, marking time really ain't marching." 

 And I'm not talking about doubling the size of the unit overnight or something. 2-5% growth is manageable and positive.

 Sometimes its the fishbowl effect: the unit only grows to the size its facility will support and no larger. Time for a new facility.

 Sometimes its a leadership thing: Some commanders aren't comfortable or skilled at leading people and find it easier to manage things when there's just 3-4 other adults and they can personally micromanage supervise every little thing that happens.   How many units pivot on ONE person?  How many times have you seen that unit where if Major Hooosiewhatsits and his wife, Capt Hooosiewhatits, aren't at the unit activity, there is no unit activity?   

 How do we solve these issues?  Many issues we face in CAP today can be solved with additional personnel. Additional trained personnel.

 Almost never will someone look at problem unit and say "Yep, 90% of their problem is, they have too many members."  Its almost *always* the other way around.  They don't have enough trained members to reach a critical mass.



 16 
 on: Yesterday at 11:12:50 AM 
Started by jeders - Last post by Jester
I had a cadet get encampment credit for a Sea Cadets course, so I asked the question through the knowledgebase.  The reply I got:

"Completing a CAP encampment garners the CAP encampment ribbon. Completing an program that CAP/CP has determined to be equivalent satisfies the Mitchell Award’s encampment requirement but does not garner the CAP encampment ribbon."

 17 
 on: Yesterday at 11:06:13 AM 
Started by jeders - Last post by jeders
I've got a cadet who earned his encampment credit for a JROTC summer leadership school. The question is, is he eligible for the encampment ribbon or not. 39-3 just says completion of an encampment; so it doesn't say it has to be a CAP encampment, but it also doesn't say that it is awarded merely for encampment credit.

 18 
 on: Yesterday at 10:55:12 AM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by Cliff_Chambliss
As an instructor I have been down this road.  Maxwell AFB Aero Club.  Had a young lady accompanied by her father come in and wanted to talk about flying lessons.  Every question I asked, he answered. (Red Flag).  Over the next 5 years we flew 125 hours and she never soloed.  She never got a physical.  Her parents bought her a laptop computer and the King Interactive training program and she never opened either box.  I flew with her from the time she was 16 til she turned 21.  She never even had a drivers license, her mother driving her to every lesson.  Now the young lady was sharp, and she had a really good feel for the airplane, and her flying ability she was ready for solo at about 14 hours.  But she did not want to.  Her comment was flying was cool, but not really something she wanted to do right then.  Several chats with her mother, and Mom's comment was "Well James is a colonel and you can't say no to him".  A conference with Dad, and his take was keep flying, someday the spark would light. So for 5 years we flew and she never soloed, and one day she did not come to the airport.  Her mother called and said she had run away and eloped with some boy they had never met.
   Not even hinting your daughter is the same, but:
1.  Have a serious talk with her.  Is this something she really wants to do or is this more of Dad's wish and she is wanting to make him happy?
2.  If possible, book her with a different instructor  for a "Stage Check" or evaluation ride.  Sometimes it's easy to blame the books when it's a disconnect between the instructor and the student.

 19 
 on: Yesterday at 10:47:53 AM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by Spam
I guess I was blessed to learn to fly in So Cal where you could get 30-45 minutes in a 2-33.  When I was flying the Grob 103 Id get 2 hours with no problem.   My longest was 3.5 in a 1-26.  The only reason I came down was because I had to pee like you couldnt believe :) 
Well from the more detailed discussion it sounds like its all on the up and up with the CFI.  I really hope it doesnt discourage her to the point where she loses interest.


So, you went from flying a very quiet machine with zero propellers then, to now flying a machine with giant whirling blades of death that go WHOPWHOPWHOP over your head?

 ::)

Cheers
Spam


 20 
 on: Yesterday at 10:41:47 AM 
Started by T8nker - Last post by Spam
TBH on exercises the ABUs have proven to be nice because unlike with the BDU, we can see the cadets in the field without having to put orange vests on them.

That probably wasn't the intent of the ABU, but it is a nice benefit since we have it.

It is always nice when you have a cammo pattern that doesn't work on anything.  :)

Honestly, that is the only plus to having the ABU, it stands out when you are in the woods.


Teammates,

As a reminder, when you put a team in the woods, in ANY UNIFORM, you are indeed required to have them (all) in approved safety vests, regardless of your subjective opinion as to their visibility in BDUs or ABUs or BBDUs (as there is no need for an ABU specific addendum since all uniforms are covered). See:


CAPM 39-1 26 JUNE 2014 (Includes Interim Change Letters 17 Nov 15 and 6 Mar 16) (ABU Wear Instructions)
https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/M391_E6F33EAAEC28A.pdf
9.5. Wear of Items Required for Emergency Services or Safe Operations. Items required to be worn by
the various Task Guides as published by NHQ/DO are authorized to be worn with the USAF-style and
Corporate-style utility and flight uniforms.
9.5.1. Safety Vest. Worn in accordance with instructions found in CAPR 62-1, CAP Safety
Responsibilities and Procedures.


CAPR 62-1 19 DECEMBER 2012
https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/R062_001_85D0CB3FE48A5.pdf
7. Personal Protective Equipment
a. Every CAP member will wear appropriate safety vests or safety apparel as outlined below when participating in CAP ground functions during all times, day or night. Safety vests or safety apparel may be orange or lime green and may be worn with or without the CAP logo. Examples of applicable ground functions are, but not limited to:
(1) All outdoor ground functions of emergency services.
b. Safety vests are approved for wear over the outermost garment of AF-style uniform or corporate uniform and must be ANSI compliant as defined in paragraph 7d below.

V/r
Spam




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