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    October 3, 2012

    OKLAHOMA – The Civil Air Patrol unit in Altus has two brand new pilots to fly their base assigned aircraft. After months of training, 2nd Lt. Michael Prater and Senior Member James Hill passed their Form 5 check rides to qualify to fly the CAP Cessna 172 based at Altus-Quartz...

    September 26, 2012

    MARYLAND -- Damascus High School student Ray Mattes, 15, had never seen a Washington Nationals game before, but on Sept. 19, he and three of his friends found themselves on the field in Washington, D.C., with thousands watching. The four local students were the color guard that afternoon, taking measured...

    September 25, 2012

    NEW YORK/ILLINOIS -- Two Civil Air Patrol squadrons in New York state, the Batavia Composite Squadron — a three-time recipient — and Condor Composite Squadron were recently announced as nationwide winners of CAP’s 2012 Quality Cadet Unit Award. The CAP squadrons are two of only eight New York squadrons so...

    September 24, 2012

    OREGON -- On this blue sky, first day of autumn, the voice from the sky came in ominous contrast to the otherwise idyllic setting at the beach: “... You have just experienced a magnitude-9 earthquake with ground shaking for five minutes. Exercise your evacuation plan. Remember your kit.” It was...

    September 24, 2012

    FLORIDA -- Most young teens are excited about the prospect of getting their driver’s license. But the goals of 15-year-old Jax Mcilrath are much higher. He wants to shoot for his pilot’s license before his driver’s license. Mcilrath is one of several cadets of the Lake County branch of the...

    September 24, 2012

    TENNESSEE -- Civil Air Patrol had cadets showcasing their digital flight simulator Saturday at the annual fly-in hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association. “We’re a part of the Air Force that allows kids to see if it's something they might be interested in,” said 1st Lt. David Fowler, deputy commander...

    September 21, 2012

    MONTANA -- Civil Air Patrol is a civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force. Locally, the Beartooth Composite Squadron has been in Billings since 1952. Thursday night saw the change to a new chapter for both the squadron, and two of its commanders. Find out more in this video report...

    September 17, 2012

    LOUISIANA -- Members with the Louisiana Wing of Civil Air Patrol put a sense of duty to their country, state and local communities before their own personal needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. They responded immediately to requests from the Louisiana Governors Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness...

    September 17, 2012

    WEST VIRGINIA -- As dusk falls on the Air National Guard Armory near Coonskin Park, Civil Air Patrol cadets in dress blues practice footwork drills. It's one aspect of the Charleston Cadet Squadron program that focuses on aviation but also emphasizes discipline and teamwork. Members are able to take part...

    September 17, 2012

    MINNESOTA -- Members, families and friends of Civil Air Patrol’s St. Cloud Composite Squadron got a view of natural resources flying when a helicopter and aircrew from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources visited recently. Conservation Officer/Pilot Tom Pfingsten, among the DNR Division of Enforcement’s seven pilots, brought a unique...

    September 17, 2012

    ARIZONA -- Authorities have confirmed wreckage found in a rugged canyon east of Phoenix is that of a small plane missing from a flight school in Mesa since Thursday. All three people on board the single-engine Piper died in the crash. A spokeswoman for CAE Oxford Aviation Academy says the...

    September 17, 2012

    COLORADO -- Rescue crews in Huerfano County have found the crash site of an airplane that went down on Thursday. No one survived the crash, according to a press release from the Huerfano County Sheriff's Office. The exact location of the wreck was not released, but it happened in a...

    September 17, 2012

    WISCONSIN -- Members of Civil Air Patrol’s La Crosse Composite Squadron gave the public an inside look at their missions, as part of an open house Saturday. Attendees at the open house could test out a flight simulator, and cadet members of the auxiliary got to cut loose as well....

    September 14, 2012

    COLORADO/ARIZONA -- A search team is on the way to the wreckage of a plane that apparently crashed west of Trinidad in southern Colorado. The Las Animas County crew was hiking into the remote, mountainous area today, a day after an aircrew from the Colorado Wing of Civil Air Patrol...

    September 14, 2012

    FLORIDA -- As a young boy growing up in Miami, family physician Sergio Seoane joined Civil Air Patrol because of his hobby and love of aviation. Little did he know that organization would be instrumental in his professional career as a family medicine physician in Lakeland, and his role as...

    September 12, 2012

    MICHIGAN -- “I can say for certain it’s good to be home,” a tired Zachary “Zach” Welsing told a crowd of about 20 family members and friends who welcomed him home recently. Welsing, a former cadet who joined Civil Air Patrol's Michigan Wing after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, had...

    September 12, 2012

    MINNESOTA -- A pioneer in the development of a modern airport in Duluth from its beginnings as a cow pasture with a couple of sod runways will be inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame next year. Earl Omar “Ole” Olson, who had been a barnstormer in the 1920s...

    September 12, 2012

    VIRGINIA -- Sixteen-year-old Georganna Grizzard stood on a strip of grass at Shannon Airport and eyed the Cessna she would soon be piloting. “I’m a little nervous,” she said. “I don’t think I’ve quite gotten used to the idea that I’m going to get in that plane and fly it.”...

    September 10, 2012

    OREGON -- Next time a tsunami from foreign shores is headed our way, you might hear the warning in Tillamook County by phone, over public address systems from police or fire agencies or even from the sky. But come January 2013, you will not hear it in the wail of...

    September 10, 2012

    MAINE -- Aly Myles of WMTW News 8, Portland’s ABC affiliate, reports on members of Civil Air Patrol’s new Ground School training program, in which volunteers give flying lessons. Click here to see Myles’ WMTW Portland News 8 report about Lt. Col. Roger Plant, who heads the school, teaching flying...

    September 10, 2012

    ALABAMA -- After completing Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy at Fort McClellan, Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Joseph Prinzinger received his commission Aug. 19 as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard. Prinzinger, despite his commission in the National Guard, remains active in CAP, serving as...

    September 6, 2012

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Maj. Rodney “Buck” DeWeese of Civil Air Patrol was recently presented with the Air Line Pilots Association’s International Superior Airmanship Award for his handling of a serious incident after takeoff in Hawaii. DeWeese, a member of the South Dakota Wing’s Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron in Spearfish, was...

    September 4, 2012

    NORTH CAROLINA -- Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (NORAD) fighters will defend the skies above Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention. Air Force fighter jets will be on alert and enforcing the temporary flight restrictions over Charlotte that have been issued by the Federal Aviation Administration for...

    August 31, 2012

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Civil Air Patrol volunteers headquarted at the Hazleton Airport have a new home for their Cessna 172 aircraft. With the help of Al Roman, Greg Ziegler and Hess concrete company, the CAP built an outdoor concrete tie-down ramp. The project was completed two weeks ago and took 10...

    August 31, 2012

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- A Piedmont teen has earned the Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet award. Maj. Gen. Timothy Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota Air and Army National Guard, presented Cadet Col. William Small with the General Carl A. Spaatz Award during a recent ceremony at Camp Rapid. Find...

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