Tuesday, February 9, 2016

All Hands Meeting, 2 February 2016

Capt Jordan Hayes

By Lt Col Juan Tinnirello, CAP (and pictures)

Deputy Commander Capt Jordan Hayes welcomed everyone and invited Lt Col Juan Tinnirello to lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Commander Maj Rivas was in San Francisco, caring for his father in the hospital.

We had three visitors: Scott Booth from the Maryland Wing, Mr. Terry Baldwin and Mr. Clinton Carter a friend of Lt Bob Adams.
We also had a guest, Mr. Jon Prater, FAA Safety Team, who conducted a program about Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) and Single (Pilot) Resource Management (SRM). This program covered our regular Safety Education portion of the meeting and it was moved to the beginning of the meeting, to facilitate Mr. Prater's departure, after a long day of regular work.

Mr. Jon Prater
 Mr. Prater covered many of the typical errors committed by pilots, especially the urge to reach destination when the weather is not right or the push from other people to complete the trip.  His presentation included several pictures as well as many examples from his experience with the FAA.   It was an excellent and very informative presentation - if you were not there, you missed a good opportunity to improve your skills as a pilot.
Capt Hayes presented a Squadron 188 patch to Mr. Prater, as a token of appreciation for his valuable presentation.

Capt Hayes commented on the Squadron's Events for January.

  • 9 Jan: G1000 ground school conducted by Capt Michelogiannakis.
  • 16-17 Jan: Mission Scanner School by Maj DeFord.
  • 30 Jan: Group 2 Banquet, awards from Wing Conference, plus Maj DeFord received a CAP Achievement Award and 1st Lt Choate received a Commander’s Commendation.

Maj Luneau, Imperial Valley (IPL).
26 Jan: 16-T-4226 Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) Felix Keynote, Maj Luneau.
28 Jan-2 Feb: 16-T-4261 Super Bowl VIP/Outreach Maj Fridell and Luneau, Capt Brown, Cao, Hayes and Rivas, Lt Choate, Hipp, Hollerbach and Kraus.

Capt Cao and Capt Gast receiving their new epaulets.

Emergency Services (ES) Ratings:
Transport Mission Pilot (TMP) Maj Fridell.
CD Renewal, Maj DeFord and Capt Hayes.
Capt Wilson, Glider Check Pilot Examiner.
SM Wayne, General Emergency Services (GES).

Aircraft usage: 32.1 hrs. Glider Usage: 3 Form 5 (F5) last weekend and tow pilot training, Lt Gast, Capt Wilson. Vehicle usage: 154 miles.   Aerospace Education:  Lt Bitz will conduct a class 16 Feb at the squadron.

 Maj Luneau receiving HLS
 ribbon from Cap Hayes
Wing PA: Squadron 188 has 9 members and 10 positions at Wing.  Maj DeFord (ES training/Ops Qualifications Approval Coordinator) Maj. Fridell (Aerospace Education; Deputy Director /North); Maj Ironfield (Stan/Eval: Mountain Training Officer); Maj Luneau (ES Training/Asst Ops/Exercise Approvals Coordinator); Maj Riebli (Assistant Deputy Director of Legal Affairs/Group 2); Capt Eichelberger (ES Training/Airborne Photography Training Coordinator); Cap Fenolio (Staff Legal Officer); Capt Hayes (Deputy Director of Communications; Logistics Comm Officer); 1st Lt Bitz (Internal Aerospace Education officer).

A big THANK YOU to Maj Luneau, Lts Rugroden and Stevulak for repairing the men’s restroom.

3 Feb: Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) Falcon Virgo mission plus media event.
SM James Weeks receiving
Level 1 ribbon from Capt Hayes
4-8 Feb: Runway 15/33 closure due to Super Bowl 50 activity.
13 Feb: Airborne Public Address System (APAS) Workshop at Gnoss Field.
19-21 Feb: Group 2 IPL.
27-28 Feb: Mission Scanner, Search & Rescue (SAREX) at OAK, Maj DeFord.
26-27 Mar: Check Pilot School, Capt Michelogiannakis.

Maj Luneau: Home Land Security Ribbon (HLS), (10 sorties); 1st Silver clasp/CD (68 sorties); Air Search & Rescue (AS&R) 3rd Bronze/1st Silver (90 sorties).

Senior Member (SM) James Weeks: Level 1 Membership Award.

1st Lt Cao (duty performance), to Capt.
1st Lt Gast (Mission Related Skill: Glider (CFI) to Capt.
Twenty seven people attended the meeting that ended at 21:05 hrs.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Civil Air Patrol's California Wing Supporting Air Force Super Bowl Airspace Security Missions

Hi everyone - see the article written by Col Jon Stokes, copied in its entirety below.  Congratulations, Maj Noel Luneau and Maj Marc Sobel on your work supporting the U.S. Air Force.  You can also see the original article by clicking here.

By Col Jon Stokes
Maj Noel Luneau, left, and Maj Marc Sobel, both of Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing,
participated in the Falcon Virgo air-defense exercise Jan. 25 that helps fighter-aircraft
aircrews maintain their proficiency to ensure safe and secure airspace in pre-designated
areas. This particular exercise helped prepare aircrews for the mission they will fly
during Super Bowl 50 Feb. 7. (Courtesy Photo Released)

1/26/2016 - Santa Clara, Calif.  -- Civil Air Patrol's California Wing will fly Tuesday in Fresno and Feb. 3 in Oakland to help ensure the safety and security of airspace around Super Bowl 50.

In order to help train Air Force fighter aircrews and maintain their proficiency, Civil Air Patrol flies its Cessna airplanes into "restricted airspace" to simulate a trespassing aircraft while Air Force jet crews practice intercept techniques. The Air Force pilots fly alongside the CAP plane, make radio contact and guide it out of the restricted airspace.

Since the terroristic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Federal Aviation Administration routinely implements "no-fly zones" referred to as a Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) around major events like the Super Bowl. Airspace around the venue is restricted from all general aviation traffic for a specified radius to ensure no aircraft enter. The TFR is enforced by the U.S. Air Force, which has fighter aircraft patrolling the area during the time of the restriction.

Two Cessna 182s from the California Wing will perform these missions when they fly as intercept targets for fighters from the California Air National Guard. CAP's "low and slow" planes are considered ideal intercept targets for these exercises. A third CAP Cessna will fly "high bird," handling communications from participants on the ground and other aircraft.

These missions mark CAP's 15th year as a participant in North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) air-defense exercises designed to protect the Super Bowl's airspace. CAP is involved in similar exercises around the U.S. throughout the year to test airspace security.

The exercises, known as Falcon Virgo, are carried out as part of Operation Noble Eagle, launched by 1st Air Force/Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR) after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Along with CONR's Western Air Defense Sector and CAP, the exercises are conducted in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and Customs and Border Protection.

"Civil Air Patrol is proud to again partner with the U.S. Air Force on this vital homeland security exercise. The opportunity to ensure safe skies around Levi's Stadium is a mission CAP takes very seriously," said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. "Our aircrews are trained to simulate either threat or duress flights that inadvertently or purposely enter into restricted airspace. The Air Force depends on CAP to ensure its readiness in guarding America's airspace."

"TFRs are a normal part of general aviation flying, and at any given time there can be 30-40 TFRs in various areas around the country," said California Wing Commander Col. Alan Ferguson, "including whenever the president of the United States flies in Air Force One."

CAP is also responsible for raising general aviation community awareness of TFRs. Aircrews from throughout the California Wing will fly to numerous airports to inform pilots about the TFRs and the penalties for violation.