At the June All Hands Meeting, we reviewed the Squadron’s May accomplishments, including:
|Squadron members before the meeting|
- The successful Disaster Relief Exercise (DRE) in 3-4 May (read about it here)
- Thanks to Lt Col Roger Glenn, and the friendly folks at Travis Air Force Base, several members had the opportunity to fly the C-17 simulator at Travis.
- Capt George Michelogiannakis supported the Travis Squadron Cadet O-ride program by providing an aircraft/pilot for the event.
- Capt Michelogiannakis flew 4 training flights and continues to provide flight training for those aspiring to become CAP qualified pilots.
- 2Lt Eric Choate flew powered O-Rides at Byron.
- 2Lt Mtthew Gast flew glider O-Rides at Byron.
- 1Lt Patrick Bitz attended the Aerospace Education School in Alaska.
|Capt Lou Rivas leading the meeting|
Congratulations to the following members for their accomplishments:
- Level 3 training – Capt Kathy Johnson, who is now eligible for the Grover Loening Award
- Planning Section Chief rating – Capt Steven DeFord
- Logistics Section Chief rating – 1Lt Jordan Hayes
- Mission Observer (MO) rating – Capt DeFord, 2Lt Choate, and 1Lt Robert Kraus
- Airborne Photography (AP) rating – Maj Maggie Wang, 1Lt Rex Beach, and 1Lt John Stevulak
- Mission Scanner (MS) rating – 2Lt Hollerbach and 2Lt Gast
- Mission Radio Operator (MRO) rating – 2Lt Hollerbach
- Mission Staff Assistant (MSA) rating – SM Tim Roberts and 1Lt Gene Rugroden
|SM Michael Smith|
Welcome New Member
A warm welcome to our newest member, SM Michael Smith!
Upcoming (June) events include:
- Wing Led Exercise (WLE) in Concord, 7-8 June
- Mission Aircrew Ground School in Oakland, 21-22 June
Major Frank Riebli led an outstanding discussion and accident analysis. Our discussion focused on the many things that were done well before and during this mountain flight, for example:
- The pilot hired a very experienced local CFI.
- The airplane was capable for the job and properly maintained.
- The pilot ensured proper weight & balance, dumping excess weight in advance of the flight.
- There was sufficient fuel.
- The pilot and passengers carried two SPOT trackers and a 406 mHz ELT, with one set to auto-broadcast, pinging every 10 minutes.
|Maj Riebli leading the safety briefing|
All in all, an insightful analysis and a sobering discussion of the things that can go very wrong.