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Kentucky Wing CAP Unveils New
Seal at Annual Conference
At the Kentucky Wing Conference
held in Owensboro, at the General Session on Saturday, October 6, 2018 the
new wing patch/seal was revealed. This patch replaces the old patch that
had been around since the 1950's. The new patch supposedly conforms to
current air force standards for heraldry. The patch was created in a
design contest won by Kentucky Wing PAO, Lt. Ilse House. There were 11
submissions according to the presentation. The new patch is supposed to be
available from Vanguard shortly. Stay tuned.
Proper Position for the Prop
coming upon us in the next few months, it’s time to develop a habit of
positioning the propeller on 3-bladed aircraft in the proper position.
Below is a photo of a Cessna 182 with the prop in the proper position. You
may ask, “What makes this the proper position?” With the prop in this
position water won’t collect in the bottom of the spinner. If the prop is
positioned with a single blade pointing up, water will enter the spinner
and collect in the bottom. If the temperatures drop below freezing the
water can freeze and cause a major unbalance condition upon engine start.
For some of our C-712’s with 2-bladed props the best position is probably
with a blade pointing up, as this will let water exit out the bottom.
Regardless of how the prop is positioned it’s always best to check for ice
in the spinner if there has been precipitation and temps are below
freezing. Be sure to pass this info to your other crew members who may
assist in securing the aircraft.
One other item: Note that the cord connecting the engine plugs are on the
outside of the propeller blade. This is the best way to install the plugs.
If the cord is behind the prop blades it’s possible to start the engine
and have the plugs remain in place and cause engine overheating and
possible engine failure. With the cord on the outside of the blades the
plugs would be thrown out by the spinning propeller.
Lt. Col. William Hayes, KY Wing DOs
CAP Aircraft Get New Addition
to Their Tails
In response the the Civil Air Patrol being part
of the United States Air Force Total Force (#TotalForce)
a new decal will be added to the tails of CAP aircraft showing that we are
the United States Air Force Auxiliary. To quote the 14-Jun-18 memorandum,
"A United States Air Force Auxiliary graphic has been created to highlight
CAP’s role as a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
These graphics shall be installed on both sides of the vertical tail of
all powered aircraft..." Looks pretty good don't you think?
Aircraft Washed to Prepare for
Airmen from the Bowman Field Senior Squadron (KY-214)
turned out on a hot and muggy Saturday morning (26-May-18) to wash AND WAX N815CP to
prep her for the upcoming USAF/SAREVAL next weekend. Here are some pics
from the event. Thanks goes to the following participants: Major Hal Frary,
Lt. Col. Greg Bell, Lt. Darrell Lyvers, Capt. Larry Austin, Lt. Micheal
DeMarco, Lt. Col. Bill Hayes and Lt. Dean Rice. She looks great! All the
oxidized red paint is now smooth and shiney! Lt. Col. Hayes had N849CP
detailed to get her ready. Take a look.
How to Tie Down An Airplane
KY-214 mission pilot, Col. Bill Hayes put together this
photo essay on how not to and how to successfully tie down an aircraft in
our spots on the ramp at Bowman Field. Take a look and learn how to do it
WRONG!!! Aircraft is forward of the tie downs
allowing it to roll back into the fence. Chocks also not placed under a
Aircraft is behind the tie downs allowing it to roll back slightly and
pull the ropes tight. Chock are also placed under one of the main landing
When parked correctly, you WILL be close to the new
fencing. Be careful and have someone help you if possible.
New Group III Commander
Attends Squadron Meeting
Kentucky Wing Vice Commander Col. Bob Sobotka stopped
by for a brief chat at the 2-Oct-17 squadron meeting. Col. Sobotka now has
another hat as Group III commander. Here are some pics.
The Safety Chain
Kentucky Wing Safety Officer and KY-214 Deputy
Commander, Lt. Col. Keith Noe's newsletter, "The Safety Chain" is now
available online on the Kentucky Wing CAP website. To read the latest
issue, click on the photo at left.
New Squadron Member Discusses
Being an F-15E Pilot
are some photos from the squadron meeting held on Tuesday, September 5,
2017. New member Jeff Ray gave a presentation on the F-15E Strike Eagle.
Jeff was a Strike Eagle driver in the United States Air Force. He showed a
video and then had an interesting Powerpoint listing the capabilities and
history of this fighter bomber along some personal experiences.
Members Wash Wing Mobile CP
On Sunday, 7-Aug-17, several squadron members got
together to wash one of the airplanes we have on the field along with the
wing's mobile command post. Here are some photos courtesy of Major Hal
Squadron Members Assist With
On Saturday, June 10, 2017 members of the Bowman Field
Senior Squadron participated in a CAP static display at the Young Eagles
Day at Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport (0I8). Young Eagles Day is an
effort to get young people involved in aviation by private pilots giving
free airplane rides and answering questions interested young people might
have about flying. There were other senior and cadet members of Kentucky
Wing at the event as well. CAP had a static aircraft display, a CAP van
and a table with aerospace materials used by CAP cadets. This was a
great recruiting opportunity on a great day. Here are some pics from the
event. (Photos courtesy of Capt. Danhauer)
Members Get Recurrent
Training on the Virb
On Tuesday May 16, 2017 at the regular squadron
meeting, Capt. Phil Danhauer gave a very good presentation on the use and
setup of the Virb video imaging system in use by CAP aircrews. The meeting
had a good crowd and everyone was given the opportunity to handle the Virb
and to ask questions. Good job Phil!
Squadron Learns About New
ICAO Flight Plan
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Squadron Hosts Wing Commander
Assumption Ceremony and Receives Awards
the April 15th Assumption of Command Ceremony, held at the Bowman Field
Readiness Center, the Bowman Field Senior Squadron (KY-214) received a honor
from the Great Lakes Region Commander. After Col. Williamson was installed as
the new Kentucky Wing Commander, several awards were presented to members of the
Kentucky Wing. Our squadron was given a guidon for being the Outstanding Unit in
the region by Great Lakes Region Commander, Col. Edward Phelka. Squadron CO,
Hal Frary received the award for the squadron. Next Lt. Col. Keith Noe was
given the award for Safety Officer of the Year in the Great Lakes Region.
Congratulations to all those in the squadron who made it be the best in the
region and congrats to Col. Noe! The KY-214 is still the "Can Do" squadron. To
see what went on, click on the icon at left.
Squadron Subordinate Unit
On Tuesday night, April 11, 2017, everything went okay
at the squadron's Subordinate Unit Inspection. Col. Wendlegast came by to
check our inventory in person. Most of the rest of the inspection was
handled remotely on an electronic basis. Thanks to all those squadron
airmen who gave of their time and talents to make this process smooth and
successful! Here are some pics from the inspection.
New Kentucky Wing Commander
I am pleased to announce that I have selected Lt
Col Darrel Williamson to be the next Kentucky Wing Commander. A CAP member
since October 1997, Lt Col Williamson has held numerous positions of
increasing responsibility in both Indiana and Kentucky Wings, including
service as a unit commander, group commander, and wing vice commander. He
holds numerous ES qualifications including Mission Observer,
GTM1, and Incident Commander. Lt Col
Williamson brings a wealth of experience to this position. Each of the
candidates who applied for the challenging and demanding position of
Kentucky Wing Commander should be highly commended. All of them brought a
vision for Kentucky that leveraged the skills and talents generously
volunteered by our outstanding members. It was clear that Kentucky Wing
would be in good hands with such a diverse and talented pool of
applicants. An assumption of command ceremony will be scheduled for early
April 2017 at a location to be determined. Once the location is confirmed
and the ceremony announced, I hope to see a large turn-out of members from
across the wing to congratulate and support Lt Col Williamson as he
assumes his new role.
Col. Edward D. Phelka, Great Lakes Region Commander
Safety Officer To Track ALL
At March 21, 2017 meeting, Capt. Larry Austin
gave a short spiel about the FAA Wings Program and how he would like to
track our progress in the program. It is a great safety program sponsored
by the FAA and recognized by CAP. Contact Larry for more details..
Noe Does EEO
At March 21, 2017 squadron
meeting, Lt. Col. Keith Noe covered our annually required EEO Training.
Here are a couple of pics. Had a pretty good turnout. Also we covered the
duties of what it takes to be a Mission Scanner topic P-2013 from the SQTR.
Lastly we showed a brief video on using the CAP SAR package in the G-1000.
Here are the links on how to create a user waypoint and the SAR usage
SAR package link....
New Furniture and Computer
Screens Adorn the HQ Now
At regular Tuesday night staff meeting on March 14th,
we took a few pics showing our offices with the new furniture and computer
monitors etc... Lookin' good. Slowly but surely we are getting ready for
the SAREVAL this Summer. Take a look.
Squadron Flag Flies
At the regular first Tuesday meeting on March 7, 2017
our new squadron flag was unveiled. Also, Capt. Larry Austin gave a safety
briefing on Mishap Reporting. There was also some discussion of the
upcoming SAREVAL/SAREX and training on the G-1000 MFD.
Squadron Members Attend Derby
On the morning of Monday, March 6, 2017, members of the
KY214 Squadron attended a meeting conducted by the FAA on flying at this
year's Kentucky Oaks and Derby along with Thunder Over Louisville. The
meeting was held at the Ormsby 3 building on Forest Green Blvd at 9:00 AM.
There were also representatives from local news channels, Louisville Metro
Police, the Kentucky National Guard and other private entities. They gave
a brief PowerPoint presentation showing the airspace restrictions and also
covered the paperwork necessary to participate in the events.
Attending members were Lt. Col. Bob Sobotka (KY Wing DO), Lt. Col. Greg
Bell and Lt. David Rummler. Here are some pics from the meeting.
The Trailer Problem is
Lt. Phil Danhauer came up with a novel solution to our
problem with the old KYEMA trailer badging issue that has plagued us for
years. He painted over the emblems and signage! Smart. Way to
think out of the box Phil!.
Kentucky Wing Commander
Col. David Kantor, commander of the Kentucky Wing, died
Friday. He was 51.
Kantor had served as wing commander since March 19, 2016. He previously
had served as the Indiana Wing’s standards and Evaluation officer from May
He also served as squadron commander for the Louisville Composite Squadron
from June 2011-July 2015 and as deputy commander of the Louisville
squadron, the Frankfort Composite Squadron, South Kentucky Cadet Squadron
and Louisville Metropolitan Cadet Flight. In addition, he served as the
South Kentucky squadron’s emergency services officer and the Louisville
Composite Squadron’s communications officer, cadet activities officer,
aerospace education officer and administrative officer.
Kantor held Command Pilot, Incident Commander 1 and Ground Team Leader
ratings. His vice commander, Lt. Col. Darrel Williamson, is serving as
“We are proud of how our wing has pulled together to support each other in
crisis,” Williamson said in an email. “Our sister wings and region
headquarters have extended their resources to us, and encouraged us to
call upon them.”
“It is our strongest wish that our members take the time to pause in
reflection and take account how to remember Col. Kantor each in our own
way. He will be sadly missed by us all across the Commonwealth. He taught
us to be strong in challenging times and fearless in the pursuits of
excellence in all that we aspire to do together as a wing,” Williamson
“His vision lives on. The executive team has been in constant contact over
the past two days to ensure that our wing is solid in the foundation that
Col .Kantor has laid for us, and we stand united to maintain the high
standards that he had set for us to achieve.”
(from the Article located at CAP Volunteer Now.)
Refresher on Leaning Aircraft
At the February 7, 2017 squadron meeting, we covered
two topics by two different presenters. The first was proper leaning of
the aircraft engine which served as our safety briefing. This was
conducted by Lt. Col. Keith Noe. The second was an evaluation of the
Operation Iceberg SAREX held over the weekend by Lt. Col. Bob Sobotka.
Here are some pics from the meeting.
Squadron Offices Get a New
The squadron offices have undergone a thorough
de-cluttering and reorganization. More changes are in the works such
as new furniture, chairs, flat panel monitors and much, much, more. Stay
tuned as we prepare to host the wing SAREVAL this year.
Cold Wx Ops Time Again!
is that time of year. If you are planning an early morning flight you will
need to have the aircraft plugged into the oil heater and probably stored
inside a hangar to keep it from being frosted over. Be sure an comply with
the Cold Weather Operation of Aircraft memo located on the KY Wing
Aviation Heritage 2016 at
Col. Bill Hayes arranged for a static display of one of
our CAP aircraft at the Bowman Field Aviation Heritage Weekend festival
which took place Saturday October 8th through Sunday October 9th, 2016.
Col. Hayes stated that he had non-stop activity at the airplane talking to
people all day Saturday about Civil Air Patrol and how to join. On Sunday,
squadron members Robert Patterson and Adam McHone helped out by getting
the airplane in place and answering questions. Good job guys on getting
the word out! To see some photographs from the event, click on the photo
at left of one of our C-172s.
PAOs meet at AOC
A BIG shout out to our friends at 601st Air and Space
Center aka America's AOC! Thanks to Major Andrew Scott who is the Public
Affairs Officer (PAO) for the AOC. He took time out of his busy day to
give a personal tour of the AOC to
Kentucky Wing PAO, LTC Greg Bell who was on vacation in Florida with his
wife. The tour was very interesting and informative. Thank you and your
fellow airmen for your service to our country! Sorry there are not any
pictures because the facility is highly secure and photographs and cell
phones are verboten!!!
Squadron Participates in JVY
Air Fair on Labor Day
On Labor Day,
Monday, 5-Sep-16, members of the
Bowman Field Senior Squadron
took a Kentucky Wing CAP
aircraft to Clark Regional
Airport (JVY) for use in a CAP
static display at the air fair
being conducted that day.
Squadron members who
participated in the event were
Lt. Colonels Bob Sobotka and
Bill Hayes along with SM Hope
Campbell. Great job guys!!!!
(Photos courtesy of Col.
We Have A Winner!!!
Squadron member Dr. James Bosler is a winner! According to an Email from
CAP National, Dr. Bosler is one of the winner's of the 2016 National
Conference Early Bird Registration Promotion! Congratulations Doc!
Squadron Washes Dirty Plane
Thanks to Phil Danhauer and a few hearty souls, N640CP
has officially been washed bringing the total of AC washed by the KY214 to
two (2). Others participating were Frank Coomes, Tom Stryker, Hope
Campbell, Zack Watts and Greg Bell. The wash party took place on Tuesday,
June 28,2106. Thanks to everyone who made this a success especially Phil!
Members Help Clean Up CAP
Kentucky Wing CAP recently sent out an Email asking
each squadron to wash the aircraft that they have assigned to their
squadron. KY-214 members stepped up and washed the Cessna Skyhawk that was
currently stationed at Bowman Field. Lt. Phil Danhauer made the necessary
preparations and contacts to set up an airplane washing. Phil along
with Larry Austin and Darrell Lyvers stepped up and washed N987CP on
Monday, June 13, 2016. Looks like they did a good job and that they had
fun doing it. Here are some pics provided by Phil.
Squadron Trains on the Virb
Lt. Phil Danhauer put on a very interesting and
informative training session on the Garmin Virb Elite camera system on the
night of April 12, 2016 at the Bowman Field Readiness Center. This video
system is one of the new technologies that CAP is pushing out to produce
large numbers of images of damage etc. quickly for our customers. Around
twenty members attended the two hour training session. Here are some
photos from the training.
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