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Squadron Website Gets Some Love

 

You never know who you will reach with the Internet. An article posted on the KY214 website in the Spring of 2014 was the inspiration for an article on Textron Aviation's website. The article is about bird's nesting inside aircraft, specifically the engine compartment. The photos for the article were provided by Capt. Rick Billingsley and were used with his permission. To read the article that was published by Textron Aviation, click on the image at left.

The original article can be found here.

 

 

 

BFSS Training on GX-60 and How to Get a CAP Driver's License

 

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, squadron member Phil Danhauer gave a brief PowerPoint presentation on how to obtain and use a CAP Drivers license. Members were encouraged to get their licenses in case the need arises that we need to go somewhere on the ground for a change.  LTC Greg Bell then gave a presentation on the use of the Apollo GX-60 GPS/Comm. Col Bell's session used a PowerPoint presentation and the use of the GX-60 simulator. Around twenty members attended the training session. (Photos courtesy of Major Hal Frary.)

 

Squadron Starts Year with G-1000 IFR Class

The squadron held a G-1000 IFR Course at the Bowman Field Readiness Center. The course was taught on Saturday morning, January 9, 2016.  Major Bob Sobotka taught the course and thirteen members were in attendance. The four hour class that lasted from 8:00 AM to noon. There was a lot of good information and lots of good questions asked by the attendees. It was helpful no matter what your skill level as a pilot or aircrew member. To see what went on , click on the MFD at left.

KY214 Has G-1000 Aircraft Again!

On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, Colonels Greg Bell and Bill Hayes flew to Lexington to drop off CAP 1529 for maintenance and to bring back CAP 1530 from maintenance.  While getting the aircraft put away and ready for departure, they spied the new Kentucky Wing Cessna 172 on the ramp. Here are some photos of the new bird and other CAP aircraft on the ramp.

Cold Weather is Here. Check Before you Fly

Mission ready? The recent freezing rain and snow has left our aircraft covered with snow and ice. If you are planning on flying either of them, be prepared to wait from them to clean off or get ready to pay some $ to get them preheated or put in the main hangar. Also, be sure and check the Kentucky Wing website to make sure you follow the Cold Weather Operation of Aircraft instructions posted on the Operations page. Here's the link. http://www.kywgcap.org/Portals/28/downloads/Cold%20Weather%20Operation.pdf (Photos courtesy of LTC Bill Hayes)

Squadron Hosts Garmin G-1000 VFR Training

Click on the Garmin G-1000 MFD at left to see some photographs from the G-1000 VFR Course held at the Bowman Field Readiness Center. The course was taught on Saturday morning, December 12, 2015.  Major Bob Sobotka taught the course to six students. We were hoping for more but so be it. Anyway, the class was very informative and there we also some good breakfast treats brought by Hal and Wayne. See what you missed.  If you don't know what MFD stands for, then maybe you should not have missed the class!

 

Training Funds Available Again!

To maximize the training of aircrew and pilots, squadron pilots are now encouraged to take as many members along on proficiency flights as possible so that they can either train or maintain proficiency as either a mission scanner or observer. Here are some photographs from a recent proficiency/training flight with Lt. Col. Bill Hayes and SM Bob Langley. Photos courtesy of Col. Hayes.

KY214 Has A New Mission Pilot

On Monday, October 19th, 2015, LTC Bill Hayes became the newest squadron mission pilot by passing his Form 91 check ride. Congratulations Colonel Hayes! Bill is a former Coast Guard pilot and also flew as a corporate pilot for a number of years. We are lucky to have him as he has quickly become a vital part of the KY214 mission team.

 

 

 

Squadron PAO Completes Southeast Region Staff College

Major Greg Bell, the KY214 Squadron Public Affairs Officer recently completed Region Staff College.  Due to a scheduling conflict, Major Bell had to attend the staff college conducted by the Southeast Region at Tyson-McGhee ANG Base in Knoxville, Tennessee. The course lasted from Sunday, July 5th through Saturday, July 11th. The course was conducted at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center which is located on the base. A variety of subjects were covered that would make the attendee a better candidate for positions at the wing, regional or national level in CAP. Major Bell's seminar group capstone project on how to improve CAP and retain members was voted the best of the three seminar groups participating. Region Staff College also means that Major Bell has completed Level IV of his CAP professional development training.

KY214 Chaplain Completes Region Chaplain Corps Staff College

Squadron Chaplain, Lt. Bill Jenkins has successfully completed the Chaplain Corps, Great Lakes Region Staff College. The course was held at Ft. Knox, Kentucky June 14-18, 2015.  Here is a photo of the diploma and challenge coin that Bill received for successfully completing the course.  The photo at right shows Bill during a SAREX in 2014. He has been the squadron's chaplain since November of 2014. Great job Chaplain Jenkins!

2015 Squadron Dues are Now Due!

It is that time of year again. Squadron dues of $45 need to be paid by the end of April. Please make checks payable to "KY Wing CAP" with " 2015 KY214 Squadron Dues" in the Memo field. Both squadron commander, Capt. Rick Billingsley or finance officer, Bob Sobotka can accept payment. You can give them your check in person at an upcoming meeting or get with them via mail. Their mailing addresses can be found in e-Services or just call them.

 

 

Renovations on Our New Home

On April 1, 2015 a visit was made to see the progress on the renovations of the Gen. Butler Building which is supposed to house our squadron sometime this year. Quite a bit of work has been performed on the outside of the building. Hopefully the interior is moving along at the same or faster pace. Anyway, here are a few pics showing the work that has been done since the last photo essay in December.

KY214 Has a New Deputy Commander

Major Hal Frary has been appointed Deputy Commander for Seniors by Squadron Commander, Capt. Rick Billingsley as of 6-Apr-15. We would like to congratulate Hal on his new job!

 

 

 

 

 

Renovations on Our New Home Are Under Way! (Updated)

Here are a couple of photographs showing how the work is progressing as of December 31st, 2014. They have added brickwork and new windows and a lot of other changes since this last report. Hopefully, or wait for a stable squadron headquarters is almost over!

It appears renovation work has begun in earnest on the MG Butler Building. The construction crews are working on both the interior and exterior of the building. Potential move in date is sometime, early next year. Keep your fingers crossed that we finally end up with a permanent home for the squadron!!! We have been promised office and meeting space in the renovated structure. See and believe!

KY214 Member is a Survivor.....

Click on Lt. Frary to see more.....Recently, KY214 member, Lt. Hal Frary, attended a Water Survival Training course conducted at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on June 17th-18th. The course is designed around surviving a helicopter crash in water but lends itself to fixed wing emergency water landings as well. According to Hal, " The course was very informative and well planned. The mornings of each of the two days consisted of classroom instruction which was followed by in the pool instruction and opportunity to apply and practice your new knowledge. To see and find out more about what went on during the course, click on the photo of Lt. Frary at left.

 

It's That Time of Year Again!

It's that time of year again. The birds are mating and setting up shop. On a recent flight, squadron CO, Capt. Rick Billingsley and Major Bob Sobotka when doing their preflight noticed a good deal of bird droppings on the nose of the aircraft. After removing the engine cowling, the start of a new bird's nest became apparent. The aircraft was subsequently grounded until all the debris could be removed. Make sure you do a thorough preflight before you fly with an emphasis on openings in the aircraft. Also, be sure when installing the cowl plugs after a flight you have them properly seated and not pushed in too far. Also, leave the propeller in the Y position to discourage birds from landing on the propeller blade sticking straight up. This also keeps bird droppings off the spinner. Also, be sure and check the pitot tube, fuel vents and tail cone openings for debris and put the pitot cover back on. This debris may have been enough to cause an in-flight fire which nobody wants to happen. Good job guys!!! Photos courtesy of Capt. Billingsley.

2014 Bardstown SAREX Coming in Late April

This is a perfect time to get some good training on AP, MO, or MP.

There will be a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) at the airport in Bardstown. Dates are April 25-27th. Whether or not the exercise lasts all three days will depend on the funding available and expenses. Check the Kentucky Wing website for the operations plan (OPLAN). Normally, this information is located in the Operations area. Each member attending should have both read the OPLAN and have a copy available at the SAREX for reference. Here is an opportunity for KY214 members training for new positions to get some good hands on training. If you miss out, it is your own fault. Let's make a good showing for the KY214 and get back up in the air.

 

2014 Squadron Dues are Now Due!

$30 annual dues are due! Payment by check preferred.

It is that time of year again. Squadron dues of $30 need to be paid by the end of April. Please make checks payable to "KY Wing CAP" with " 2014 KY214 Squadron Dues" in the Memo field. Both squadron commander, Capt. Rick Billingsley or finance officer, Bob Sobotka can accept payment. You can give them your check in person at an upcoming meeting or get with them via mail. Their mailing addresses can be found in e-Services or just call them by phone.

 

 

 

2013 Bowling Green SAREX to be Held in August

Come to the SAREX and get the training you need for your next rating.

There will be a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) held in Bowling Green, KY on the weekend of August 9-11. Members are encouraged to attend and people needing new and recurrent training should show up and get some things accomplished on their SQTRs. Hope to see you there. KY214 will be providing the IC and the mission staff so your help is desperately needed!

 

 

2013 Squadron Dues are Now Overdue!

CAP Stands for Come And Pay! Didn't you know? Seriously get your dues check or money in quick. Thanks.Annual squadron dues are due by the end of April.  If you are an existing member of the KY214 Squadron, you owe $30 to be a member in good standing.  Checks are the preferred method of payment.  They should be made out to the Bowman Field Senior Squadron, KY214.  Squadron Finance Officer, Bob Sobotka, is the person your dues should be given to. Timely payment of dues is important because they are a major source of the money necessary for the squadron to operate. We appreciate your support. 

Captain Larry Austin is the New Squadron Safety Officer

Capt. Austin speaks for the first time at the 15-Feb-11 squadron meeting in his new role as squadron safety officer.

Newly appointed squadron safety officer, Capt. Larry Austin conducted his first safety briefing at the regular squadron meeting held on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Larry's safety topic was the importance of using checklists while we are flying or on the ground. Several high profile accidents were discussed that were caused by improper use or lack of use of the checklist. This topic generated a lot of discussion amongst the pilots in attendance. Safety is CAP's number one emphasis so this topic is one of the most important for safety while conducting CAP missions. Thanks for stepping up Larry and providing a very good briefing!

Civil Air Patrol now has Separate Member and Non-Member Web Sites

Here is the new CAP non-members site. Click on this image and you will be taken there.To the surprise of many members of the United States Air Force Auxiliary, on January 7th, 2011, the National Headquarters of Civil Air Patrol, without any prior notice, changed the link to their website and added a new website for non-members. The new non-member site is very niceThis is an image of the CAP members NHQ website. Click on it to be taken to the new address. looking and well organized. It is not nearly as visually busy as the members site.  However, it might have been nice had they let us know this was coming. So, if you have a favorite or bookmark of the old NHQ site, you will need to update it. Or, just go to the KY214 Links page on this site. We will endeavor to keep all the links shown as up to date as possible. Semper Vigilans!!!

Cold Wx Looms, Learn to put away the aircraft correctly!

Here is the proper way a three bladed, Cessna 182-T should be put away. Click on the image to see a larger representation.

As cold weather looms, it is more important than ever to put the aircraft away properly. Three bladed propellers (as on all the C-182T models) should always be left in a Y configuration to keep water from building up and freezing in the prop spinner. Also this keeps a single blade from sticking up which can be easily hit by taxiing aircraft and allows birds a great vantage point for relieving themselves on the spinner. Also the nose bowl plugs should be inserted with the flags behind the prop so the pilot can see them, and the string holding them together should be on the outside of the lower propeller. Then if there is an accidental start, the string will not wrap around the propeller shaft. The plugs will be thrown clear of the prop. Another thingHere we see the correct orientation for a two bladed propeller. to do is to make sure you close the cabin air vent so that it doesn't get jammed in the open position by snow or ice. It should also be closed in the summer to prevent birds and insects from building their homes in the ventilation system. Lastly, make sure you wipe down the aircraft and clean the windshield for the next person that uses it. Bugs are a lot easier to get off when they are freshly smashed than when they have baked on the aircraft for a few days. When putting away the two bladed aircraft the propeller should be left parallel to the ground. This will keep birds from roosting on them and make them less likely to get "pranged" by a passing aircraft. If we can all pitch in and help, these tips will make our aircraft safer and more mission ready.

Kentucky Led the Nation in the Eradication of Marijuana in 2009

To read the article click on this picture for a high resolution image of the article courtesy of the Sentinel-News.

In the April 12th issue of the Sentinel-News (my hometown newspaper in Shelbyville) reports that Kentucky led the nation in the war on marijuana. Kentucky received the Most Outstanding Eradication Award from the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Since one of the missions of CAP is counterdrug, Kentucky Wing CAP played a part in making this happen. Even though our mission is mostly communications relay and spotting we are part of the JSO Task Force that helps keep drugs off the streets in our hometowns across Kentucky and the nation.

 

2010 Squadron Dues are Now Due!

Annual squadron dues are due by the end of April.  If you are an existing member of the KY214 Squadron, you owe $30 to be a member in good standing.  Checks are the preferred method of payment.  They should be made out to the Bowman Field Senior Squadron, KYCAP Stands for Come And Pay! Didn't you know? Seriously get your dues check or money in quick. Thanks.214.  New Squadron Finance Officer, Col. Ken Ulrich, will be more than happy to take your money.  If you are a new member at KY214, your initial dues are $35. New members pay a bit more to offset the training materials and patches they receive. Timely payment of dues is important because they are a major source of the money necessary for the squadron to operate.   So, don't mess around.  Get you check in ASAP!

 

Major Clark Gives Another Successful Form 91

Another Form 91 successfully completed means two happy CAP pilots. L-R Major Tom Clark (KY214) and Lt. Col Paul Osborne.

On Friday June 1, 2007, Major Tom Clark, KY214 safety officer and Mission Pilot check pilot administered a CAP Form 91 check ride to Kentucky Wing Chief of State, Lt. Col Paul Osborne. As you can see by the big smile on Col. Osborne's face, he passed his check ride. The check ride was taken in CAP Flight 1528 or as she is known by the FAA, N640CP. Congratulations Col. Osborne and kudos to you Doc on helping qualify another mission pilot.

 

 

KY214 Wins Kentucky Wing Award

KY214 Squadron CO Col. Stan Mullen receives the award from Kentucky Wing Operations Director, Capt. Chris Nester.

On Tuesday, February 20th at the regular KY214 squadron meeting, Kentucky Wing Director of Operations, Capt. Chris Nester presented squadron commander, Col. Stan Mullen with a plaque for the first annual Award for Superior Performance in Search and Rescue/Disaster Relief Execution for the squadron's outstanding performance at the recently conducted winter SAREX. The team that supported the winning mission was: Matt Creed, Wallace Hardin, Shawn Herron, (office/communications), John Casper (primary mission pilot), Robert Patterson (primary mission observer), Ted Critchfield (primary mission scanner), Ken Ulrich (back-up sortie mission pilot), Don Perkins (back-up mission observer), Joe Bryant (back-up sortie mission scanner). Congratulations to all those squadron members who routinely make it happen!

(Page revised on 14-Mar-17)