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« on: February 09, 2019, 03:42:11 AM »

So I see that as of a couple months ago, Lt Col Austin Worchester is the new Senior Progam Manager, Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, at Montgomery Hdqs.

Anyone hearing anything? I've read that a few Wings have had a (Drone/UAV/UAS/sUAS) sent to them and training underway. I haven't heard anything our way yet. I haven't seen a SQTR Worksheet show up in Ops Quals yet.

I'm hoping training will available locally. Not sure if I would be able to make one of the NESA schools.
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2019, 04:15:53 AM »

One thing someone told me today, and I have no idea if its correct or not, but seems right (correct me if I'm wrong), is that Part 107 holders will need to show their experience, using flight logs. Something like 7 hours for a beginner level and 15 for advanced.  Doesn't seem like much until you consider how short flights are. In my business, when shooting construction progress sites, my average flight time for photos of a site can be about 8 minutes.  So thats a lot of flights to get to 15. I've been flying for several years, so I'm past that.

The point to all this:  If you are a Remote Pilot, check out https://airdata.com and sign up for a free account. You can then easily sync to your DJI, Drone Deploy, or other accounts, and have a good record of your flights online with total flight times, and much more. This will be a good record that can be shared with any CAP trainer/SET at some point to help you get qualified.
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2019, 05:25:05 AM »

I wonder why a FB post was pulled about this today? 
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2019, 05:54:41 AM »

No one said, but Im guessing someone did not approve of the photo used.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019, 02:08:09 PM »

Interesting, from the Lt Col, linkedin page:

"Currently serving as the Civil Air Patrol's Senior Project Manager leading, managing and administering the largest small Unmanned Aerial Systems program in the United States. This program encompasses all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and its roughly 60,000 members. This program has over 1,000 airframes and is projected to have more than 1,000 CAP and FAA certificated sUAS pilots, managing a multimillion dollar project. These members serve in search & rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, defense support to civil authorities, aerospace education, and cadet program support."
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2019, 02:31:46 PM »

^^^ Good marketing text right there. Maybe itll all come to fruition soon  😀
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2019, 02:48:53 PM »

Interesting, from the Lt Col, linkedin page:

"Currently serving as the Civil Air Patrol's Senior Project Manager leading, managing and administering the largest small Unmanned Aerial Systems program in the United States. This program encompasses all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and its roughly 60,000 members. This program has over 1,000 airframes and is projected to have more than 1,000 CAP and FAA certificated sUAS pilots, managing a multimillion dollar project. These members serve in search & rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, defense support to civil authorities, aerospace education, and cadet program support."

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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2019, 03:56:51 PM »

Interesting, from the Lt Col, linkedin page:

"Currently serving as the Civil Air Patrol's Senior Project Manager leading, managing and administering the largest small Unmanned Aerial Systems program in the United States. This program encompasses all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and its roughly 60,000 members. This program has over 1,000 airframes and is projected to have more than 1,000 CAP and FAA certificated sUAS pilots, managing a multimillion dollar project. These members serve in search & rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, defense support to civil authorities, aerospace education, and cadet program support."




But he is the man in charge. It must be true. Also, its on the internet.
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2019, 10:05:05 PM »

The problem will be it'll undoubtedly fall under DO and will (in many circumstances) be underutilized where it'd do the most good (DOS) since the fixed-wing pilots will thumb their noses at their sUAS brethren.

Airdata is good and all, provided your UAS is supported.
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2019, 10:24:34 PM »


... since the fixed-wing pilots will thumb their noses at their sUAS brethren.


As a Senior Mission Pilot, and also a Part 107 holder with several years experience flying a sUAS as well, I can say that I will be embracing ALL of CAP's aircraft, manned and unmanned.  :)
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« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2019, 10:58:38 PM »

The problem will be it'll undoubtedly fall under DO and will (in many circumstances) be underutilized where it'd do the most good (DOS) since the fixed-wing pilots will thumb their noses at their sUAS brethren.

Airdata is good and all, provided your UAS is supported.

Completely agree, hopefully it does not go this way.

It is curious that I see more posted by a random 1st Lt on FB than from region/wing DOs..
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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2019, 11:00:07 PM »


... since the fixed-wing pilots will thumb their noses at their sUAS brethren.


As a Senior Mission Pilot, and also a Part 107 holder with several years experience flying a sUAS as well, I can say that I will be embracing ALL of CAP's aircraft, manned and unmanned.  :)

That is great to hear, but you seem to be the exception rather than the norm in this organization.
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2019, 12:19:38 AM »

I've seen the proposed SQTR and there is already quite the needless financial barrier to be overcome in it's current form. I hope they address it in the final form. And etodd, given the welcome among the MPs in my wing, you are the exception.
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2019, 12:22:05 AM »

I've seen the proposed SQTR and there is already quite the needless financial barrier to be overcome in it's current form. I hope they address it in the final form. And etodd, given the welcome among the MPs in my wing, you are the exception.

Care to elaborate? This is the first I'm hearing of anything "official" as a SQTR - although apparently some folks are signed off as SET's already?? 
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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2019, 12:49:53 AM »

I've seen the proposed SQTR and there is already quite the needless financial barrier to be overcome in it's current form. I hope they address it in the final form. And etodd, given the welcome among the MPs in my wing, you are the exception.

Care to elaborate? This is the first I'm hearing of anything "official" as a SQTR - although apparently some folks are signed off as SET's already??

OK. Evidently I had the wrong idea, so will drop what I said until we know something. Better not to get folks upset, when we don't know the realities yet. :)
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2019, 01:45:54 AM »

Part 107 isn't what I'm referring to. There's something else on the proposed SQTR that is additional cost on the part of the member, is troublesome and entirely unnecessary.

If I could go into specifics, I would. Until the final draft gets approved I'll just leave it there.
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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2019, 02:00:28 AM »

Not against you, Gunsotsu, but addressing CAP in general,

Rant on/

This is EXACTLY the secret-squirrel crap that Members do not like. If they are in Beta testing or have actually signed people off in these new Ops Quals (to include SET's), it should be available for the rank and file Members to see the SQTR at least. Transparency is something CAP is not good at, things like this lead to a 'good ol' boys' club perception by the average Member.

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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2019, 06:23:05 PM »

First in line will be existing Part 107 holders with verifiable flight hours. Let your Wing DO and whoever else, know your qualifications and interests.

If that is you, and you just happen to be flying a DJI P4P (or similar) using DJO GO4 ... you will be a step ahead. (The official software will be slightly modified and will be run on a supplied Android Tablet.)

Practice, practice, practice flying your P4P (or similar) in ATTI mode. The ability to safely fly the drone without a GPS signal will be part of the testing. Actual Missions will of course be flown using GPS, but they want to know if you lose signal and it drops to ATTI mode, that you can safely fly and not crash.

If you've never flown much in ATTI mode, it can take a bit of practice. Start now so you'll be ready.

Make sure you can get your past flight logs. (See post #2 in this thread above). Or at least enough to show recent experience. If you need help with finding them, PM me. Glad to help.
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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2019, 03:31:48 AM »

(The official software will be slightly modified and will be run on a supplied Android Tablet.)

Is that going to be P4P specific? The P3 I've seen was running an iPad. Androids don't play as well with DJI's products.
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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2019, 03:58:34 AM »

(The official software will be slightly modified and will be run on a supplied Android Tablet.)

Is that going to be P4P specific? The P3 I've seen was running an iPad. Androids don't play as well with DJI's products.

The software has been slightly modified to work well with the Android. If you are already familiar with DJI Go4 you'll be right at home.

Apple products not allowed due to DOD specs.
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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2019, 05:18:33 AM »

Not against you, Gunsotsu, but addressing CAP in general,

Rant on/

This is EXACTLY the secret-squirrel crap that Members do not like. If they are in Beta testing or have actually signed people off in these new Ops Quals (to include SET's), it should be available for the rank and file Members to see the SQTR at least. Transparency is something CAP is not good at, things like this lead to a 'good ol' boys' club perception by the average Member.

Rant off/

We got a short (but valuable) briefing from the program director two weeks ago at the SER Operations Conference in Montgomery. He briefed the six platforms, the training standards, the legal issues, the funding, and the pending mission sets. There are test units engaged with evaluations. As I understand it, part of the rationale behind the close-hold on the draft quals and standards is that the new mission set includes a mission for the USAF customer to provide a type of SUAS support training, and thus we are still engaged at a national level with the customer as they develop a weapons and tactics approach, which then impacts our CAP quals down stream as we define the KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) of our operators, as well as training tasks, conditions, and standards to meet the customers profiles.

It would be inappropriate to conduct such development and discussions openly on a national level, as CAP works to craft a training approach which does not require our people to be cleared/briefed. I understand that this can be frustrating to people who've never been cleared. Please bear with them as "transparency" in national defense isn't always a good thing.

As to the cost element, I hear that concern also, but I see that as somewhat akin to manned CAP sorties which may require a type rating or an instrument ticket... the KSAs are what they are based on the customers determination of their needs.

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« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2019, 05:40:38 AM »

Spam,

I am going to assume that you got this from someone and put it all together to reply, and you have my thanks as it is more than I have heard through official channels.. My reply is not aimed at you but at this topic in general:


"It would be inappropriate to conduct such development and discussions openly on a national level, as CAP works to craft a training approach which does not require our people to be cleared/briefed."

Since when does a CAP mission require a security clearance, or did these people already trained have to submit to one?

" Please bear with them as "transparency" in national defense isn't always a good thing"

We have 3 missions, national defense is not one of them, unless I missed an update. Transparency means that we all train to the same standard with the same material, see below..

"the KSAs are what they are based on the customers determination of their needs."

And yet we have SM's posting on FB that allege to already have these OpsQuals as well as SET status.. What are they and who approved them? If I have some random 1st Lt from Delaware come to my unit to train me without even a 101 card entry, how am I to even check their ability to do so? Should I take their word?

Again, I have no problems with new missions for us, the UAV field is long overdue for our attention. I have a problem with people posting on social media to "contact your DO or Wing Commander for more" when these very Officers have no idea what I am talking about when I just asked them..  perhaps it's a failure on this Wing/Region level? I don't know..






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« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2019, 05:50:55 AM »

Since when does a CAP mission require a security clearance, or did these people already trained have to submit to one?
While they might not have a named clearance (TS, S, C), the folks who accomplish our CD mission are certainly investigated and cleared to do so.
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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2019, 05:54:06 AM »

Agreed, and the requirements are published and made well-known to all..
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« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2019, 06:04:29 AM »

Apple products not allowed due to DOD specs.

What does DoD have to do with anything? Private corporation and all that. By that logic, why are we authorized to use DJI products? Something (else) stinks about this entire process.

As to the cost element, I hear that concern also, but I see that as somewhat akin to manned CAP sorties which may require a type rating or an instrument ticket... the KSAs are what they are based on the customers determination of their needs.

The problem is, that particular add-on expense does nothing to increase the skill set of an individual already holding a Part 107 certificate.
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« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2019, 06:59:38 AM »

Its funny, we complain when CAP releases incomplete solutions (they just dont understand!), and we complain when CAP waits for a solution to be complete and field-ready before releasing it (those darn secret squirrels and their lack of transparency!)

Listen guys, this is a national organization, not your local book club. You dont get to be involved in every single aspect of planning or execution. I would rather have a complete solution delivered ready to go, than a half-baked one delivered too early or locked into an incomplete vision because it was briefed too soon. Honestly, its a refreshing change of pace.
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« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2019, 08:31:31 AM »

Since when does a CAP mission require a security clearance, or did these people already trained have to submit to one?
While they might not have a named clearance (TS, S, C), the folks who accomplish our CD mission are certainly investigated and cleared to do so.

Some members of CAP maintain various access levels and have been used in the past by DoD for certain missions. For example, I recall in 1990/91, CAP flew courier flights from FORSCOMHQ at Fort MacP here in south Atlanta, to SOUTHCOM in Tampa, and back, on a semi-regular basis, under the then-current guidance for cleared couriers. That's one of the open source examples (CAP NEWS, for those who remember it).


Regarding the use of Facebook, or CapTalk, as an authoritative source, I can't but shake my head. That's like complaining about unconfirmed rumors of your active duty unit deployment based on Army or Navy Times articles. Stand by, and await further from higher that will be approved material. And for Gods sake, don't waste personal or especially appropriated funds on training or equipment based on unconfirmed gouge.


For the past 20 years or so, some of us have been predicting (and now are watching) the post FAA TSOC91a ELT collapse of the false alarm justification for our extensive CAP ground team force structure (a reduced need for GTs is in the NHQ Ops Briefs, btw). The SUAS roles and missions discussion is probably "the" key to revitalizing and reinventing a meaningful role for CAP ground ops personnel. Lets not rush to judgment, let the soup cook without too many chefs in the kitchen.


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Reference:  http://captalk.net/index.php?topic=19695.0;all
Some of y'all may remember I commented on the "White House UAV crash" thread a few years ago. Consider that, even as in World War Two when CAP flew aerial tow targets to help train anti aircraft gunners, CAP of today may have a parallel role in helping train against the SUAS threat. Just as we supported national defense then, we can continue to now, after careful consideration of our limitations and risk assessments of what we'll accept as we safeguard our most important assets: cadet and adult members.


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« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2019, 02:27:17 PM »

Transparency is something CAP is not good at, things like this lead to a 'good ol' boys' club perception by the average Member.

I just reflexively went looking for the upvote button.  Clearly, I spend too much time on Reddit. 
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« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2019, 03:35:44 PM »

SPAM is on target, in the know, and obviously has the correct info.

Someone mentioned that his Wing folks had no knowledge yet.  This is due to it all being rolled out to just a few Wings at a time. The AF is calling the shots, and is determining which Wings go, in which order. They have their reasons for doing so. Out of CAP's hands. So many of us eager beavers will simply have to be patient.

When the time does come for your Wing to get involved, you'll be a step ahead if: 

  • You are an existing Part 107 holder. You have experience in flying something thing similar to a DJI P4P and know the DJI Go4 software. What we will be using is modified for our use and approved by DOD. The software will be run on a supplied Android Tablet. No Apple device.

  • You have verifiable flight records that can be pulled from your device to show experience.

  • Start practicing now in ATTI mode. The ability to fly in ATTI mode will be part of testing to become a sUAS Mission Pilot. Typical missions will be flown in safer GPS mode, but the AF wants to be sure you can still fly safely and not crash, if the unit loses GPS. So practice, practice, practice.


Until we hear from our Wings, at least let them know you are qualified and interested, so they can keep a list. After that ..... patience Grasshopper.
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« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2019, 10:23:57 PM »

Slow Scan, SDIS, ARCHER, GIIEP, etc., etc. Secret squirrel programs artificially limited to a small group
because "reasons", despite the fact that much of it was / is either a science / pet project (business plan)
or consumer tech raised to "magic" by people who don't understand either.

Low / no adoption, orphaned airframes, and lots of lost money and initiative.

The difference here is that the public has already moved on.   No one will care about licenses
when the headlines read "Community teen helps find missing child...".  And there's no
ES or LEA that is waiting for CAP to decide to "do a thing".

I have a $50 FPS UAV in my closet that can go looking for a missing kid, do perimeter photography,
or any of the other things mentioned today. Part 107 is just a value-add like CB and FRS licenses.

With that said, if CAP was serious, they would have already started a program that pushes every
adult member to get their 107 in the next year.  That would change this from a "whatever happened to"
into a "what are you waiting for?".

Fund a consumer UAV for every unit. It would cost under $150k and you'd have a ready force in a year.
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« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2019, 10:47:16 PM »


Secret squirrel programs artificially limited to a small group....


Patience. The info will all be out here in the next few weeks and months. A few Wings at a time. For anyone who is interested.

Again.  This is ALL from the Air Force.  This is NOT CAP Hdqs personnel playing "black ops secret games".  LOL

The info I've already given on this thread is good advice for anyone wanting to start now, so they will be ready when their Wing starts the program.

No ... every Squadron will not be getting them in the beginning. But we need many sUAS Mission Pilots across each Wing, so that when a mission comes up, someone will be ready to go.
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« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2019, 03:32:33 PM »

With that said, if CAP was serious, they would have already started a program that pushes every
adult member to get their 107 in the next year.  That would change this from a "whatever happened to"
into a "what are you waiting for?".

Fund a consumer UAV for every unit. It would cost under $150k and you'd have a ready force in a year.

I understand from this thread that the Air Force is slow-walking this for what are probably very good reasons, but I hope that someone at NHQ prints this quote out and puts it on a wall for all to see when Ma Blue gives her blessing to take the program nationwide.
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« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2019, 04:23:56 PM »


I understand from this thread that the Air Force is slow-walking this for what are probably very good reasons,

Yes.

First, you have to develop the system and find a handful of folks to be the primary trainers.  Those trainers then have to hold schools for a few wings at a time, to train new trainers, who can then go their their respective Wings, and start training other folks. While the original trainers are then holding school for the next few Wings.

Imagine scheduling all that. Just to get a handful of folks in each Wing trained. And then they have to schedule training back in their home states. These things take time.



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« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2019, 05:13:26 PM »

With that said, if CAP was serious, they would have already started a program that pushes every
adult member to get their 107 in the next year.  That would change this from a "whatever happened to"
into a "what are you waiting for?".

Fund a consumer UAV for every unit. It would cost under $150k and you'd have a ready force in a year.

I understand from this thread that the Air Force is slow-walking this for what are probably very good reasons, but I hope that someone at NHQ prints this quote out and puts it on a wall for all to see when Ma Blue gives her blessing to take the program nationwide.


Eclipse I would respectfully disagree. 150K would not even get you a single fully missionized system for each Wing, let alone each unit. Remember we're looking at 6K cameras, LIDAR, IR, and DF packages (field portable, all). Blowing 150K just to get toys (and yeah, at 150K, they'd be toys for that many) has been done before. Remember the cheap RC airplanes handed out about ten years ago and probably every one of them was crashed within six months? An approach to make sure that we're treating tax payer funded assets carefully, and are investing appropriated money wisely/safely, makes far more sense to me.


"If CAP was serious"? You know, if CAP did as you said, and started pushing its membership to start investing their own money on a specific training/cert path, and then USAF changed their requirements for us and obviated the need for same, all of you would be lining up with pitchforks. Don't say you wouldn't!


Therefore, I would not characterize the careful development path and a USAF legal review with 1AF as "slow walking", either, in the interests of insuring against disappointment and future regret (and liability). "Reconnaissance" vs. "surveillance", forsooth? Costly legal actions against CAP, anyone?


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« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2019, 05:25:53 PM »

^ This is literally the reason this will just be another failed Tech Hail Mary.

A $100 UAV for each unit, coupled with an initiative to get the 107 license as ubiquitous as GES gets thousands interested,
involved, and well on their way to the skills needed.

You don't need a $6k device to learn the basics of UAV flight any more then you need a 25MP DSLR to do aerial
photography, but in both cases, the assertion that you do winds up with the $$$! device in "Jim's basement" that few
members ever get to see, let alone learn to use.

This is either a pet project or a poorly thought out plan.  Either way, it'll wind up on the pile with the rest of the THMs.

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« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2019, 05:38:12 PM »

^^^ Off target.

Again.  This is ALL from the Air Force.  This is NOT CAP Hdqs trying to play "catch up" in the drone game.
New full time paid hdqs staff member to roll this out, with separate funding from the AF for this new program. But for now, we are all on a "need to know basis". Not sure what the end game for the AF is. We will know when they want us to know. Our job now is to roll it out, train folks to be sUAS Mission Pilots, and train folks to be  sUAS Technicians. 

If your interest is less flying a sUAS and more into computers, and processing imagery captured and creating mapping, models, etc. ... the sUAS Technician route will be a great track for many.

Learning software similar to this:

https://www.agisoft.com/features/standard-edition/
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« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2019, 06:40:52 PM »

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« Reply #37 on: February 13, 2019, 12:47:33 AM »

I think we have a fundamental misunderstanding of the mission set here.


Eclipse, I believe you think that "the" mission is AE.  Teach members fundamentals of flight, control technologies, and datalinks, which can indeed be done with the cheapo 100 dollar semi-disposable toys. There is a good argument for that, within the CAP AE mission. Bob, I completely get that (and concur to a point, my question being funding for essentially expendable, nondurable assets).


However, the full mission set is far more complex than that. To expect that a toy (sorry, but lets be honest) will fill a payload/duration mission gap which the USAF is defining based on a combat threat isn't realistic. Therefore, NHQ is (properly) looking a high/low capability mix of technology (*think: against a diverse threat/mission set, you need a high/low mix of F-22s/F-16s against advanced IADS vs. insurgents... the parallels are there). This is why NHQ is testing a high/low mix of six (6) different sUAS platforms, with a tailorable alternate mission equipment kit designed to be man-portable (i.e. a small laptop case).


Sure, every unit could "use" (however briefly, until they destroy it) a $150 small UAS to have fun and teach the basics of flight. Using that tactically for a SAR/DR mission with more than a five minute (or whatever) duration with a usable payload is another ball game in terms of technical, cost, and schedule risk (the sUAS capable DF payload is 30K per unit, alone). Using the system to represent a threat platform (i.e. a high end dji type drone carrying an IED payload) which the DoD wants to practice interdicting, is a completely different realm.  Lets not confuse these three example missions (I am probably missing one or two as well) when discussing our full set of requirements, and while NHQ is engaged in an Analysis Of Alternatives, and comparative testing.


Eclipse please, lets lay off the hyperbole. The football analogy and your implications of incompetence at NHQ are silly and needless, and (I reiterate) if they went with your acquisition "strategy" of rushing right out to deploy cheap toys, and failed at the other two thirds of the mission set, you'd be the first criticizing it. Win/win for you, right? So, unless the objective is merely for you to win at the armchair critic game every time... lets stay on an even keel here please.


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« Reply #38 on: February 13, 2019, 01:14:22 AM »

OK, wait.  There's a mission?

Well then let's full stop and not prepare or excite anyone at the unit while those 10 guys make a video and
talk about surveillance observation at the Olympics!!
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« Reply #39 on: February 13, 2019, 01:37:05 AM »

No, I'll say it again: there are multiple missions.


OK, you're still in "that" mode. I'll see your hyperbole and raise with data: If you want to take shots at the effectiveness of small team tech solutions, then I would cite the (by far) most effective unit in CAP (at like 60 or so saves out of the 158 credited to CAP in FY18) being the cell phone forensics team. Which is three guys and a trainee.

So, yeah.

Stand by, there are more technical capes coming at us, from waldo air digital cameras which could image an entire DR area in one sortie, to a revitalized HF net. I'll await your sarcasm and negativity in lieu of constructive inputs - insert here please: ____________________________ (add continuation sheets as needed).


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« Reply #40 on: February 13, 2019, 03:24:32 AM »

Lots of conjecture about future AF missions, but we, and probably Hqds are still on a "need to know basis" for future plans.

Bottom line is that there are a few dozen DJI P4Ps and Android tablets being programmed as we speak, that will be used in next month's training sessions (at MGM) with the first 10 Wings, which were chosen by the AF, not CAP.

These folks will go back to their Wings and start teaching their Part 107 pilots how to use use the hardware and software.

Then the next batch of Wings will do the same, rinse, repeat until we have a nationwide network of sUAS Mission Pilots and Technicians (Visual Observers).

After we have this nationwide network and have proven ourselves  ... maybe ... we can only assume ... that bigger and better hardware will come along as Mission capability demands.

The only thing for us .... as good little civilian volunteers .... is to either join in the program ... or not.  You decide. ;)
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