KY-214 O-Pilots Do Some Flying
Saturday, February 3, 2018 cadet Orientation Rides (O-Rides) were conducted at
Bowman Field for the cadets from the KY-123 Squadron. The event was organized by
Lt. Sharon Howarth and Lt. Col. Bill Hayes. Squadron Deputy Commander, Lt. Col.
Greg Bell flew five flights that day for a total of 4.5 hours. Another pilot,
Shaun Collins, from Ft. Campbell, also flew 3 sorties for 3.9 hours. Nine cadets
were given front seat rides and all appeared to have a great time! Pizza was
served for lunch and despite the cold weather, it all worked out great. Take a
Squadron Parking Area Upgraded!
Recently the Louisville Airport Authority repaved and refurbished the ramp area
at Bowman Field utilized by our squadron's aircrafts. This included new
pavement, tie downs, markings and fencing. The tie downs look like they would
hold in a tornado. The fence looked like it would be flimsy but after closer
inspection, it is very solid. This made for some very happy airmen at the KY-214
Squadron and our airplanes appreciate it too! Twenty years but worth the
wait.... To see more photos of the refurbished ramp area, click on the photo at
KY-214 Members Participate in the
2017 Kentucky Wing Conference
The 2017 Kentucky Wing Conference was held on
October 6-8, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY. These photographs
are from the Saturday session. There were a number of speakers and topics and there were also
awards and promotions. Squadron members both conducted and attended workshops at
the conference. To see more photos of the conference, click on the photo at
CAP Reaches a Milestone Again!
the second straight year, Civil Air Patrol has amassed 100,000 flying hours for
its 560-plane fleet, which is recognized as one of the largest assemblages of
single-engine aircraft in the world. John Desmarais, CAPís director of
operations, said the milestone was met during a flight Thursday morning in
Puerto Rico, in which a CAP aircrew was taking photographs of damage by
Hurricane Maria throughout the island. ďI really didnít think we were going to
make it to 100,000 flying hours a month ago,Ē said Desmarais, who had set the
lofty goal for the 2017 fiscal year, which ends Saturday. To find out more about
this, click on the photo at left.
Harvey Participants Give After Action Review to Squadron
Despite a small turnout at the September
17, 2017 squadron meeting, Lt. Col Greg Bell, Lt. Michelle Nordman and Lt. Bill
Rason discussed the Hurricane Harvey Mission they participated in, To date, this
is one of the largest CAP DR missions ever flown. (Photos courtesy of
Major Hal Frary)
Senior Squadron Undertakes Ops Quals Training in June
The squadron has undertaken Operations
Qualifications training on two Saturdays in June. This training was an effort to
get as many people as possible qualified to participate in CAP training and
actual missions. The first session was held on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The
second session was held the following Saturday, June 24th and
lasted all day. To see more of what went on at the Ops Quals training sessions,
click on the photo at left.
Members Prepare for SAREVAL (Updated)
preparation for this year's USAF Search and Rescue Evaluation (SAREVAL), the
squadron participated in a SAR training exercise the weekend of June 2-3, 2017,
airmen from the Bowman Field Senior Squadron performed a variety of functions
flying as aircrew and participating as mission base staffers. To see more of
what went on, click on the photo at left.
Aircraft Gets Virb Mount
Thanks to Colonel Bill
Hayes, our squadron
now has one Cessna
equipped with the new
Virb mount on the
right wing. Bill took
the airplane and
waited around while
the shop performed the
installation. We are
now ready to prosecute
any Virb missions were
are called upon to
perform. (Mount photo
courtesy of Col.
Hayes. Virb mounted on
wing courtesy of Capt.
Squadron Hosts Operation
weekend of February 3-6, 2017, airmen from the Bowman Field Senior
Squadron and the Kentucky Wing CAP participated in a joint Search and
Rescue Exercise (SAREX) with the Indiana Wing CAP. The exercise involved
all aspects of the SAR mission. Seniors and cadets participated in aerial
and ground based SAR training. The Jefferson County Search Dog Association
also participated in this event. To see more of what went on, click on the
Squadron Learns About the
Future of UASs
our squadron meeting held on 17-Jan-17, KY-214 member, David Rummler put on a
presentation from a conference he attended in Washington D.C. on how the U.S.
Air Force and Civil Air Patrol will be using Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS and UAV,
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the future. A BIG crowd turned out for the
presentation and we had several visitors from other local SAR organizations in
attendance. Here are some pics from the meeting.
KY214 Conducts a Table Top SAR
Exercise Over Holiday
are some photos from the
tabletop SAREX held on
December 31, 2016 at our
squadron's headquarters. A
lot of good training took
place for those who were
able to attend. Bad
weather prevented actual
courtesy of Lt. Bill
What Would You Do?
Squadron Learns About AEDs
December 6, 2016 squadron
meeting, Dr. Jim Bosler
gave a presentation about
his experience with an
airline passenger who
needed his assistance and
the assistance of an
Defibrillator) or AED. It
was very interesting. To
see more of what went on,
click on the defibulator
The Squadron is Going to
13,2016, two sorties flown
for the Jefferson County
Search Dog Association (JCSDA).
The Yellow Lab is Ranger.
He flew from Louisville to
Frankfort. The Border
Collie is named Bart. He
flew from Frankfort to
Louisville. The ladies in
photo were handlers who
flew on both sorties two
at a time. Lt.
Col. Bob Sobotka was the
mission pilot and supplied
the photos. Hope they were
CAP Reaches a Milestone!
On September 6, 2016, Civil Air Patrol reached 100,000 flying hours for Fiscal Year 2016 across its fleet of aircraft. In Fiscal Year 2015 on this same date CAP had flown 93,256 hours, making this an over 7% increase in CAPís flying at this time over last year. I know our squadron has done it's part! Good job CAP!!!
Teach and Train at the
Mountain Flying Clinic
Saturday and Sunday, 27-28
August, 2016, members of
the Kentucky Wing CAP held
a mountain flying clinic
at the Kentucky National
Guard base in London,
There was a ground school
and then the students were
introduced to actual
mountain flying techniques
at airports in Hazard,
Harlan and Middlesboro.
Each of these airports
were selected for their
conditions. A lot of good
training went on at this
event. Here are some pics
showing a bit of what went
a BIG thank you to the
Kentucky Army National
Guard for letting us
utilize their awesome
Squadron Member Flies Cadets at
Squadron Participates in Group III
Here are some photographs from the Group III
SAREX that was conducted at the headquarters of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron
(KY-214) at the Bowman Field Readiness Center and at Bowman Field Airport. The
weather played havoc throughout the two day event (July 30-31st). When it wasn't
foggy or storming, airmen were training on the ground and in the air for the
various jobs performed by Civil Air Patrol.
Squadron mission pilot, LTC Bill Hayes, flew cadet orientation rides (O-rides)
on Sunday, April 17, 2016 . Here are a couple of pics courtesy of Col. Hayes.
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