|CAP plane at MFC (photo by Maj Luneau)|
|CAP planes at MFC (photo by Maj Luneau)|
The course is combination of academic work and flight training at elevations exceeding 8000’. The training includes weather interpretation, emergency maneuvers, and landing techniques at high altitude airports.
|CAP plane at sunset (photo by Maj Luneau)|
|Capt Joshua Edwards (photo by Capt Rivas)|
A total of seven CAP aircraft were present, with five aircraft being utilized for training.
Mountain flying is different than flying in the valley areas due to all of the environmental conditions associated with mountain ranges, valleys and ridges, such as changes in air density, extreme weather and thunderstorms. Each student was paired with a seasoned mentor pilot to teach them the proper techniques to conduct search and rescue in varied terrain and weather conditions and how to operate out of high mountain airfields.
|Capt Ironfield, Capt Rivas, flight crew (photo provided |
by Capt Rivas)
The training at the MFC was invaluable and everyone involved was able to take away something new from the weekend.
It was a successful event that graduated a number of newly qualified CAP MFC qualified pilots. All of those chosen for the rigorous MFC passed their final check ride. Hooray! Because of their efforts, the CAWG was able to increase its operational capabilities.
A great big “Shout Out” from Squadron 188 to Auburn-Starr Composite Squadron 92, our host. Their members provided a first rate facility and a steady stream of refreshments, and generally made sure their guests had all they needed to conduct a successful MFC clinic. We look forward to working with them in the future.
|CAP planes at the MFC (photo by Capt Rivas)|