Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy New Year - All Hands Meeting January 2018

By 1st Lt Karin Hollerbach, photos by 2d Lt Alexei Roudnev

Happy New Year to all!

Better Pilot Series – Safety Update

1st Lt Choate gave this month’s safety talk, in another installment of the Better Pilot Series on aeronautical decision making (ADM). The presentation included a discussion of Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM), the art and science of managing all resources (both on-board the aircraft and from outside resources) available to a single pilot (prior to and during flight) to ensure the successful outcome of the flight is never in doubt.

Even though most of our sorties are flown with more than one crew member aboard, as pilots, we all need to be able to safely handle SRM. Other crew members may or may not themselves be pilots; even when they are, there is only one Pilot in Command (PIC) at a time. So with or without crew, Single Pilot Resource Management is a critical skill.

1st Lt Choate talking about aeronautical decision making.

The FAA talks about the six “pillars” of SRM, including
  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Risk Management
  • Task Management
  • Situational Awareness
  • CFIT Avoidance
  • Automation Management

Lt Choate also discussed in more detail this month’s topic, some of the specific ADM models used:
  • The 5 Ps – plan, plane, pilot, passengers, programming  - to be evaluated before the flight and at regular intervals and specific points throughout the flight 
  • The 3Ps – perceive (hazards using the PAVE model), process (asking why you CARE about these hazards), perform
  • The DECIDE model – detect the problem, estimate the need to react, choose a course of action, identify solutions, do the necessary actions, and evaluate the effect of the action  

Fly safe! 

Squadron monthly recap

December was a quiet month in terms of missions, with 3 ELT / EPIRB missions that squadron members participated in:
  • Rancho Cordova, with Maj Luneau (MP), Capt Rivas (MO) – resulting in a Find
  • Alameda Marina, with Maj Luneau (MP), Capt Rivas (MO, 1st Lt Ettingoff (UDF), and 2d Lt Roudnev (UDF) – resulting in a Find
  • Napa, with Maj Luneau (MP), 1st Lt Hollerbach (MO), and 2d Lt Campbell (MS), 1st Lt Devine (UDF), SM Jones (UDF) and others from outside of Squadron 188

SM Vazquez Gonzalez (standing) talking about her experiences at the o-ride event at Byron. Other squadron members
pictured: SM Jones (L), 2d Lt Sharma (2d L), Lt Col Matarrese (R). 
In other events,
  • Capt Hayes gave a presentation to Berkeley CERT
  • Lt Col Tinnirello, Maj Fridell, Capt Brown, Capt Hayes, Capt Stevulak and SM Jones participated in this year’s Wreaths Across America ceremony at Golden Gate National Cemetery
  • Capt Hayes, 1st Lt Choate, 2d Lt Booth; SM Vazquez Gonzalez participated in the glider and powered o-ried flights at Byron

Congratulations to the following members for continuing to develop their skills and ratings:
  • 1st Lt Hollerbach added G1000 endorsement to F5
  • 1st Lt Ettingoff completed UCC 
  • 1st Lt Fall completed ICS-400
  • 1st Lt Spears completed Technician in Aerospace Education
  • SM Binninger completed GES

Upcoming events

Please join us at one or more of the following events coming up in the next few months:
  • 9 and 23 January: G1000 Training for Mission Observers – see Capt Hayes for more information 
  • 27-28 January: Group 2 Night SAREX
  • 30-January: 30th Anniversary Celebration of Squardon188's CAP Charter
  • 24-25 February: AP Ground School – see Capt Eichelberger 
  • March: Mission Scanner School – to be determined 

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