Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mission Air Crew School - Ground School in Oakland

By 2Lt Karin Hollerbach, photos by 2Lt Hollerbach and Maj Chris Suter

On June 21-22, I and 13 other students attended the Northern California Mission Aircrew School (MAS) Ground School in Oakland, hosted at Squadron 188.

Students attending our Ground School came from Oakland, Sacramento, Riverside, Los Angeles, Redding, Merced, and Concord.
Maj Marc Sobel and Capt Tom Sheahan
(Photo Maj Suter)
Maj Marc Sobel and 2Lt Eric Choate
(Photo Maj Suter)

Among our students, 3 of us were training for a new Mission Observer (MO) rating, 6 for new Mission Pilot (MP), and the rest were renewing their ratings and/or refreshing their training.

Last month, the equivalent Ground School was held in Southern California.  Next month, all students will come together for the remainder of our training, in Fresno.

Capt Raymond Woo
(Photo 2Lt Hollerbach)
Thanks to our dedicated instructors, Capt Raymond Woo, Maj Chris Suter, Capt Pete McCutchen, Maj Marc Sobel, Capt Joshua Edwards, and Maj Noel Luneau for donating time this weekend to help us with our training!

Topics included:

  • Communications
  • High altitude and terrain considerations
  • CAP grid systems
  • Crew resource management, including MP and MO duties and responsibilities
  • Search planning and coverage, including electronic and visual search methods
  • Aircrew survival 
  • What to expect from a checkride (for MPs)
  • Step through a typical mission
  • And others

Capt Joshua Edwards
(Photo 2Lt Hollerbach)

All students passed their written exam and received certificates of completion for this part of their MAS training. Congratulations to all!

Class was a lot of fun, especially the tabletop exercise of working through planning for a search mission – though no doubt nowhere near as much fun as the flying will be next month!  Stay tuned for a report of activities from Fresno in July.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you instructors and students that helped with MAS - Ground - Oakland!