Squadron Member Receives Award

February 6, 2017 by · Comments Off on Squadron Member Receives Award
Filed under: Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, Squadron News 

One of our squadron’s Senior members was recently presented an award in recognition of his actions during 2016 in support of CAP’s Emergency Services program at a ceremony held in the squadron’s facilities at North Texas Regional Airport (NTRA).

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CAP Cadets Soar

December 8, 2012 by · Comments Off on CAP Cadets Soar
Filed under: Aerospace Education, Cadet Activities, Cadet Programs, Squadron News, Training 

by Lt. Col. Jeff Harrell, TX-262 Squadron Commander

Civil Air Patrol Cadets recently spent a day being introduced to flight in motorless gliders. Eight Cadets from the Texoma Composite Squadron, based at North Texas Regional Airport in Denison,Texas, completed glider flights under the instruction of CAP flight instructors.

Prior to the flight training Cadets were required to satisfactorily complete a wing runners course. This course taught Cadets the procedures for launching and recovering a glider using a powered aircraft as the tow vehicle.  Cadets learned how to move a glider into position and connect the tow rope to the glider. In addition they learned the hand signals to communicate with the glider pilot. These hand signals are necessary for alerting the pilot to operate controls to enable the tow rope to be connected and for the pilot to signal when he was ready for takeoff. In addition hand signals were taught on how to handle an emergency.

Safety was an overriding concern for the entire activity. After arrival at the airfield Cadets were given a safety briefing from an instructor pilot. Procedures were reviewed on how to launch the gliders. Cadets were also briefed on how to safely enter and exit the glider, strap into the front seat and properly close and open the cockpit canopy. While one Cadet flew in the front seat other Cadets served on the ground team to get the glider safely airborne. The ground team was responsible for getting the tow rope as the tow plane moved into position and then connecting the tow rope to the glider. When the pilot signaled he was ready for takeoff another ground team member, known as the wing runner, would lift the glider wing to a level position. Once the tow plane and glider began their takeoff roll the wing runner would run alongside the glider until the glider was experiencing enough airflow for the  flight controls to be effective.

Each Cadet completed three glider flights during the day. Gliders were towed to an altitude of 2000 ft. where they were released from the tow plane. After release the CAP instructor pilot demonstrated the glider’s flight characteristics and searched for air thermals. Thermals are rising columns of air that enable gliders to gain altitude and stay aloft for longer periods of time.  After the flights Cadets excitingly talked of what it is like to fly like a bird with just the sound of the wind outside the cockpit.

Texoma Composite Squadron Cadets who completed glider flights were Luke Blythe, Catie Flood, Meghan Flood, Mollie Flood, Matthew Logan, Karlee Sly, Sarah Stephens and Joshua Taylor. CAP Cadets are provided with opportunities for both glider and powered aircraft orientation flights to supplement their study of aviation subjects.

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    • Weekly Squadron Meeting
      Starts: 6:30 pm
      Ends: August 6, 2018 - 9:00 pm
      Location: Texoma Composite Squadron Building, 4331 Airport Drive, Denison TX 75020
      Description: Standard Weekly Schedule (UOD)

      • Week 1
      Cadets: PT (PT clothing)
      Seniors: Staff Meeting (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 2
      Cadets: Leadership (BDUs/ABUs)
      Seniors: Professional Devel. (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 3
      All - Safety Briefing
      Cadets: Aerospace Ed. (BDUs/ABUs)
      Seniors: Emergency Svcs (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 4
      All - Promotions and Awards
      Cadets: Character Devel. (Class A/B blues)
      Seniors: Other Activities (Class A/B blues or Corporate)
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    • Weekly Squadron Meeting
      Starts: 6:30 pm
      Ends: August 13, 2018 - 9:00 pm
      Location: Texoma Composite Squadron Building, 4331 Airport Drive, Denison TX 75020
      Description: Standard Weekly Schedule (UOD)

      • Week 1
      Cadets: PT (PT clothing)
      Seniors: Staff Meeting (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 2
      Cadets: Leadership (BDUs/ABUs)
      Seniors: Professional Devel. (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 3
      All - Safety Briefing
      Cadets: Aerospace Ed. (BDUs/ABUs)
      Seniors: Emergency Svcs (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 4
      All - Promotions and Awards
      Cadets: Character Devel. (Class A/B blues)
      Seniors: Other Activities (Class A/B blues or Corporate)
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    • National Aviation Day
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: August 20, 2018 - 12:00 am
      Description: An annual observance celebrating the history and development of aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright.
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    • Weekly Squadron Meeting
      Starts: 6:30 pm
      Ends: August 20, 2018 - 9:00 pm
      Location: Texoma Composite Squadron Building, 4331 Airport Drive, Denison TX 75020
      Description: Standard Weekly Schedule (UOD)

      • Week 1
      Cadets: PT (PT clothing)
      Seniors: Staff Meeting (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 2
      Cadets: Leadership (BDUs/ABUs)
      Seniors: Professional Devel. (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 3
      All - Safety Briefing
      Cadets: Aerospace Ed. (BDUs/ABUs)
      Seniors: Emergency Svcs (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 4
      All - Promotions and Awards
      Cadets: Character Devel. (Class A/B blues)
      Seniors: Other Activities (Class A/B blues or Corporate)
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    • Weekly Squadron Meeting
      Starts: 6:30 pm
      Ends: August 27, 2018 - 9:00 pm
      Location: Texoma Composite Squadron Building, 4331 Airport Drive, Denison TX 75020
      Description: Standard Weekly Schedule (UOD)

      • Week 1
      Cadets: PT (PT clothing)
      Seniors: Staff Meeting (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 2
      Cadets: Leadership (BDUs/ABUs)
      Seniors: Professional Devel. (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 3
      All - Safety Briefing
      Cadets: Aerospace Ed. (BDUs/ABUs)
      Seniors: Emergency Svcs (any CAP uniform)
      • Week 4
      All - Promotions and Awards
      Cadets: Character Devel. (Class A/B blues)
      Seniors: Other Activities (Class A/B blues or Corporate)
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