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 on: Today at 02:33:26 PM 
Started by vovbelle - Last post by goblin
Can't you just get the polo combo? They shouldn't be requiring you to be in blues or BDUs.

 22 
 on: Today at 02:17:43 PM 
Started by vovbelle - Last post by vovbelle
I am a new Senior Member...my son is a C/S AM and will be attending encampment for the first time.  They have been sending out desparate pleas for Senior Member Staff.  I am willing to go...have set aside the time in my calendar but there is no way that I can afford to buy 2 sets of BDUS, 2 sets of Class A's...and all of the other things that are required.  Our Unit Commander says that he has been trying to find a way for me to attend without spending a crazy amount of money by buying all of the things needed on the list.  I am also larger than any BDUS or Class A's that are available at our unit.  I am a willing adult volunteer.  Any ideas of who I could talk to?

 23 
 on: Today at 01:54:49 PM 
Started by taylor914 - Last post by taylor914
The orange one looks perfect for ground team and they're on sale.  Has anyone tried this?

https://true-north-gear.myshopify.com/products/aero-vest?variant=8368733443

 24 
 on: Today at 09:45:18 AM 
Started by etodd - Last post by stillamarine
what are the requirements to join Redstone? Does CAP membership qualify?

CAP Membership is ok for aero club membership.
visit the club website at www.flyingactivity.com  you will find membership documents there.  Complete the application and get it to the club house at the airfield.  Be sure to take a copy of your certified birth certificate or unexpired passport (TSA garbage). 
Once the paperwork is accepted you will be given access to the scheduling computer. and the magic decoder ring for the doors.  (The club is open to members 24/7).
You will be required to complete a battery of written tests and flight tests.
FAR's and Local Procedures.
Instrument (If IFR privileges are wanted)
Each make and model of aircraft you intend to fly. (C-152, C-172, C-182, C-182RG, Arrow)
An initial flight check in each make and model you want to fly. 
Annually thereafter you will be required to take all the written tests for the privileges you want, but the annual flight check will be in the most complex airplane you intend to fly.  (they are discussing separate checkrides for the Arrow and the 182RG.  A 182RG check will cover all the Cessnas, but another checkride will be needed for the Arrows).
There is a requirement for quarterly safety briefings.  however, these are taped so even if a member does not make it in person they can still get credit.  Generally these are in the last month of each quarter.  Once the meeting is completed all members not in attendance are grounded until they vie the tape.  Not a big deal.

Because of some family health issues I have had to step away from aviation for awhile, but if I can be of help, please let me know.

I don't have my PPL but it looked like it would be cheaper to do it with them minus the drive there from Kimberly. I may have to look into that.

 25 
 on: Today at 09:37:37 AM 
Started by etodd - Last post by Cliff_Chambliss
what are the requirements to join Redstone? Does CAP membership qualify?

CAP Membership is ok for aero club membership.
visit the club website at www.flyingactivity.com  you will find membership documents there.  Complete the application and get it to the club house at the airfield.  Be sure to take a copy of your certified birth certificate or unexpired passport (TSA garbage). 
Once the paperwork is accepted you will be given access to the scheduling computer. and the magic decoder ring for the doors.  (The club is open to members 24/7).
You will be required to complete a battery of written tests and flight tests.
FAR's and Local Procedures.
Instrument (If IFR privileges are wanted)
Each make and model of aircraft you intend to fly. (C-152, C-172, C-182, C-182RG, Arrow)
An initial flight check in each make and model you want to fly. 
Annually thereafter you will be required to take all the written tests for the privileges you want, but the annual flight check will be in the most complex airplane you intend to fly.  (they are discussing separate checkrides for the Arrow and the 182RG.  A 182RG check will cover all the Cessnas, but another checkride will be needed for the Arrows).
There is a requirement for quarterly safety briefings.  however, these are taped so even if a member does not make it in person they can still get credit.  Generally these are in the last month of each quarter.  Once the meeting is completed all members not in attendance are grounded until they vie the tape.  Not a big deal.

Because of some family health issues I have had to step away from aviation for awhile, but if I can be of help, please let me know.


 26 
 on: Today at 09:22:47 AM 
Started by jettech - Last post by Brit_in_CAP
Don...that's a very nice and very interesting article.  Thanks for posting.  I hope we can help the OP find what he's looking for.

 27 
 on: Today at 09:18:12 AM 
Started by jettech - Last post by THRAWN
Don, thanks for the info.

 28 
 on: Today at 08:59:33 AM 
Started by jettech - Last post by LTC Don
just discovered last summer that my father was the base "aerodrome"officer....he was basically 5th in command.growing up he never talked about this,tho i knew that he was based at cherry point for part of the war(don't know what he did there either).my sis.had given me 1 of his old scrapbooks that had a pic.& reference to base 21.i found the base history book online & was kinda shocked to find more pics.& references about him in the book.i'm looking for more info about him or the base.am going to be in the area(topsail)this wkend  & may go to beaufort to chk.the area out.i grew up in nc,but now live in md.i'm a retired piedmont/usairways mech. & went to a&p school  in goldsboro.anyone who can give me more info about about the base(other than what's in the book)or even my father would be greatly appreciated.

Very glad you posted here, and welcome to the board.

The field at Beaufort, N.C. is very near and dear to the North Carolina CAP.  The field did not exist in the early part of the war, it was basically a swamp just west of the village of Beaufort.  CAP personnel, led by Col Frank Dawson, first wing commander of the new North Carolina Wing, came to Beaufort and physically constructed the field, which thoroughly agitated several million mosquitoes.  The airport was later named after the astronaut Michael J Smith who died in the Shuttle Challenger disaster.  Sadly, the large maintenance hangar and other structures burned down not long after, or as CAP was vacating the field.

Last year, the AOPA did a regional fly-in at the airport and CAP had a prominent presence there.  Ironically, a father/son team who visited the fly-in learned about CAP there, and have since joined our squadron, so the 'magic' of the field there at Beaufort continues to this day.

After the CAP anti-submarine mission was canceled in late 1942/early 1943, I believe the unit packed up and moved to Norfolk to be a tow-target unit, but it seems I recall there also being some activity with the new field at Cherry Point in Havelock.

CAP also has a very active history page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CAPHistory/

The National Historian, Col Frank Blazich Jr would be very interested in talking to you, as would the North Carolina Wing Historian, Lt Col Phil Saleet.  Lt Col Saleet has been instrumental in working with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort to establish a prominent CAP display in the museum there near the waterfront. There may very well be some pictures there of your father.

Col Blazich had a significant article about North Carolina CAP during World War II published in the North Carolina Historical Review in 2012, Vol 89, Issue 4 starting on page 399.  It is a well-researched article.
http://www.ncpublications.com/nchr/arch12/toc-oct12.pdf
https://ox.dcr.prod.nc.gov/about/history/historical-publications/historical-review

I happen to have an autographed copy of the journal. PM me your father's name and I can skim the article and see if he's mentioned.  The Field at Beaufort is covered prominently and there are several pictures included.

MOST IMPORTANTLY -- I'm not fully sure about the criteria, but you MAY be eligible to receive the Congressional Gold Medal on your father's behalf.  The CGM was approved for issue a couple of years ago, and has been an important part of CAP and the Nation recognizing the contribution of our founding volunteers.

CAP History Contact page:
http://history.cap.gov/contact

Good luck in your quest.

 29 
 on: Today at 08:38:52 AM 
Started by etodd - Last post by chuckmilam
And remember, electronics progresses at a fast pace. Expect more advanced batteries, taking bigger charges.

There looks to be some exciting developments in battery technology in the coming years.  Can't wait for my smart phone to hold a charge for more than half a day...oh, wait, they'll probably just make it thinner instead of improving power capacity.   >:(

 30 
 on: Today at 08:17:40 AM 
Started by etodd - Last post by THRAWN
Ran across this a bit ago, and thought it was interesting.

http://dronelife.com/2017/04/17/passing-highest-test-hydrogen-drone-smashes-high-altitude-barrier-drone-rescue/

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