News Archive of the KY214
Squadron Members Tour the Tower at
KY-214 members had an
outing to the Bowman Field Control Tower
in lieu of their normal Tuesday night
squadron meeting on March 15, 2016.
Thirteen members showed up and were given
an excellent tour of the facility. There
was also a great deal of question and
answer. Both parties exchanged ideas on
how they could work with the other better.
Unfortunately, regulations do not permit
photos to be taken in the tower so these
will have to do. The weather also
cooperated and we had a beautiful warm
evening for the tour. If you missed it,
you missed out on a great time!
KY214 Members Tour Louisville
International ATC Facilities
Airmen from the Bowman Field Senior Squadron, KY-214, toured the FAA control
tower and facilities at Standiford Field (SDF) on Tuesday, March 8, 2106 . The
tour was setup by Capt. Peter Miller. The photo is courtesy of Major Hal Frary.
According to Major Frary, "I hope the other 12 people who attended the
SDF Control Tower and TRACON tour last night don't mind me speaking on their
behalf, but we had a blas! It was extremely informative and very helpful to see
firsthand what the controllers see and hear. They hosted us for 3 hours! We had
a ton of questions and we wanted to see and touch everything." Looks like they had a good time! Click for larger version of
Squadron Member Flies Cadets at
KY-214 mission pilot
and O-ride pilot, LTC Bill Hayes flew O-rides in Frankfort on Sunday, March 6,
2016 . Here are some photographs Col. Hayes took after the Orientation Rides.
Great job Bill!!! Looks like the cadets had a good time.
Squadron Member Giving O-Rides Runs
Into Emergency Situation
Col. Bill Hayes had some an interesting experience during this past Saturday's
cadet orientation rides held in Louisville. Per Bill, "A little excitement on my
cadet O-Ride. We were north of Frankfort monitoring Indy center when a Bonanza,
N2714T called MAYDAY and reported total engine failure. He was between Salem, IN
and Seymour. I advised center that I was available, but there was another plane
that center was working who was very close to the distressed aircraft, so he
vectored him to the scene. To find out more, click on the photo of the Bonanza
KY214 Conducts a Table Top SAR
KY-214 Squadron conducted a table top search and rescue exercise (SAREX) on
Saturday, February 13th. The training session was held at our squadron
headquarters in the Bowman Field Readiness Center. Approximately 20 people
participated in the training exercise. The event lasted from 8:00 AM EST - 3:00
PM. To see more of what went on, click on the photo at left.
KY214 Members Tour The National
Weather Service Office
Tuesday evening, January 26, 2016, members of the Bowman Field Senior
Squadron, KY-214, toured the National Weather Service facility at 6201 Theiler
Ln, Louisville, KY 40229. Meteorologist, Brian Schoettmer gave the tour to
eleven members of the squadron. The tour was very informative from a weather
standpoint and Brian answered everyone's questions. The tour last two hours and
Brian expressed interest in CAP flying NWS personnel in the future after
storms/tornados etc. To see more of what went on, click on the photo above.
Col. John Casper USAF, Ret. Talks
About His Sea Recovery in North Vietnam
evening, Squadron meeting
(17-Nov-15) squadron member Col. John Casper, USAF retired, gave an hour long
presentation on his rescue at sea after having punched out of his burning F-105
Thunderchief after bombing a bridge in North Vietnam. Not only did he have to
avoid SAMs and Migs but he had to survive a bailout and potential drowning. To
find out more about what went on, click on the photo of Col. Casper at left.
KY214 Squadron Loses Long Time
Lt. Colonel Larry Herzog
passed away on October 17, 2015 after a brief battle with stage four pancreatic
cancer. Larry had been a member of the Civil Air Patrol for over 33 years. He
was a charter member of the revived KY214 Squadron which was resurrected in the
late 1990's. Larry held a variety of positions both at the wing and squadron
level over the years. He had been a command level mission pilot, check pilot and
skills examiner tester (SET). Col. Herzog was also a CFII and served as an
instructor pilot for the squadron for many years until he lost his medical
certificate. He received the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal for
outstanding performance of duty on September 11, 2001, flying the only civilian
aircraft in American skies following the terrorist attacks of that day. To
continue click on the photo of Col. Herzog at left.
KY214 Squadron Participates in
BFRC Open House
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 marked the official opening of
the Bowman Field Readiness Center by the Kentucky National Guard. Following the
Ribbon Cutting ceremony, guests were invited to tour the building and ask
questions. Cake and punch was also served to guests of the open house. The
squadron has two offices located in the building and has access to a very nice
training room that will be used for meetings, training etc. To see some photos
from the event click on the photo at left.
KY214 Squadron Members Attend
2015 Kentucky Wing Conference
2015 Kentucky Wing Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday,
September 19, 2015.
The conference was held at St. Francis of the Fields Episcopal Church in
Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, September 19th.
There was a good turnout for the conference with over 30% of the wing turning
out for it. The conference lasted from 9:00-5:00 and was followed by a
military ball. To see more of what went on, click on the photo at left.
Squadron Visits the Air+Space
On Tuesday evening,
September 1, the squadron visited the Air+Space Academy in the old Hangar 7 on
Bowman Field to watch a presentation by the staff and to tour the facility. The
Air+Space Academy is "Air & Space Academy is America’s leading provider of
Aeronautic and Aerospace-based educational programs for students in grades 9-12
that develop and promote study and proficiency in the STEM subjects, produces
college and career ready graduates, and is training the next generation of
To see more click on the
KY214 Change of Command Ceremony
On Tuesday, July 7th at the regular squadron meeting, there
was a change of command ceremony. Current squadron commander, Capt. Rick
Billingsley passed the torch to incoming squadron commander Major Hal Frary.
Kentucky Wing Commander, Colonel James Huggins also showed up for the ceremony.
To see more of what went on at the change of ceremony, click on the photo at
Squadron Members Attend USAF
Thunderbirds Meet & Greet
On Thursday evening, April
16th, the KYANG Composite Squadron, KY-123 hosted a meeting and greet with the
United State Air Force Thunderbirds at the Kentucky National Guard Annex
Building. A number of senior and cadet members turned out for the event. Capt.
Mike Weimer was instrumental in setting up the event. The event featured a short
video showing the history and mission of the Thunderbirds and then the crowd got
to hear from several different members of the Thunderbird Team about their job
in making the air demonstration team a success. Each attendee also received a
very nice brochure outlining a great deal of information along with some great
photos of the Thunderbird Team.
To see more photos of the
event, click on the photo at left.
2015 GIIEP Training at Wing HQ
Four members of the Bowman
Field Senior Squadron, KY-214, participated in the Geospatial Information
Interoperability Exploitation Portable or GIIEP class conducted at Kentucky Wing
CAP HQ in Frankfort, Kentucky on Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, 2015. The
class consisted of classroom instruction, videos, PowerPoint and hands on
training in the classroom and in the air. Participating members were in alpha
order, Major Greg Bell, Lt. Frank Coomes, Major Hal Frary and Lt. Bill Rason. To
see more photos of what went on, click on the photo at left.
2014 Holiday SAREX Update
On New Year's Eve, three members Hal Frary, Greg Bell and
Ashley Baker were going to fly a training mission. Before the mission got
started, Hal and Greg demonstrated an aircraft preflight with a senior member
and cadet from another squadron. Before undertaking the training mission, the
aircrew discovered an ELT was going off on the field. They used a handheld radio
to locate the ELT. After spending a couple of hours walking around the freezing
cold airport, the source was discovered and its owners silenced the ELT. To find
out what else went on, click on the photo above.
2014 Holiday SAREX, Bad Weather
far bad weather has turned out to be nemesis of this year's annual Holiday SAREX.
The Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) runs from December 26th through December
31st or whenever the funding runs out, whichever comes first. To date
(28-Dec-14) only two sorties have launched from Bowman. Statewide, 22 sorties
have been flown and 4 have been cancelled due to weather, mostly low ceilings
and rain. Hopefully the weather will improve so we can get some more training
flights off the ground before the money dries up.
To see more of what has gone
on so far, click on the photo at left.
2014 Squadron SAREX (Updated
With More Photos)
The Bowman Field Senior
Squadron held a squadron SAREX on October, 25th-26th, 2014. The base of
operations was in Hangar 5 thanks to some patriotic warbird pilots on the field
who let us borrow their hangar and meeting space for the event. The first step
was getting the command center setup, then the SAR training flights were
launched. Squadron members gained experience and training in both air and ground
mission areas. To see more of what went on at the SAREX, click on the photograph
at left. If you missed it, you missed a great opportunity to get the training
you need. Maybe next time.
KY214 Members Present and Attend
Recent Kentucky Wing Conference
Saturday, September 20, 2015, the Kentucky Wing, Civil Air Patrol held a
statewide conference. The conference took place at the Capital City Christian
Church in Frankfort, Kentucky. Everyone who attended hopefully learned something
and had a good time with fellow CAP members from throughout the wing. To see
more of what went on, click on the photo at left.
KY214 Conducts VFR G-1000 Ground
Major Bob Sobotka put on a
very informative training session on the morning of Saturday, August 23rd at
Louisville Executive Aviation's pilot's lounge . A large number of squadron and
non-squadron members turned out to participate in the training. Squadron
commander, Rick Billingsley provided a plethora of breakfast treats (doughnuts
and muffins) as well as coffee and orange juice. Afterwards, Chris Nester had a
G-1000 Skylane hooked up to a ground power unit so participants could get some
actual hands on training with the system. If you missed it, you missed out! To
see some photographs from the training, click on the image at left.
KY214 Participates in Southeast
from the Kentucky Wing CAP, took part in a large Southeast Region CAP disaster
recovery (DR) exercise that was part of
FEMA's Capstone 2014. Kentucky is in the Great Lakes Region CAP so this was
an inter-regional event. The exercise ran from Friday, June 20th through Sunday,
June 22nd. The KY214 aircrews tasking was an aerial photography mission. To see
some of the photos from the KY214 Squadron aircrew that participated in
Saturday's flight operations, click on the photo at left. To see the actual
mission photos, logon to WMIRS. Photos are courtesy of Hal Frary and Greg Bell.
KY214 Squadron Flies and Leads
in Paducah SAREX
Members of the KY214
Squadron and other Kentucky Wing members throughout the state participated in a
Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) conducted in Paducah and based at Barkley
Regional Airport. One aircrew from KY214 participated and the Incident Commander
for the event was KY214's Major Larry Herzog. Here are some photos from the
event. We had more airplanes than crews so if you needed flying qualifications,
you missed out! A lot of good training did take place. To see more of what went
on, click on the photo of the CAP airplane at left.
Squadron Receives New Patches
Here is a couple of great image of our new squadron patch from Major Bob
Sobotka. The patches were produced and donated to the squadron by Lt. Frank
Coomes and his company. According to Maj. Sobotka, "Frank describes the
significance of the design as follows:
The wings are the same as the ones on the Bowman Terminal Building. The
checkerboard evokes images of jockey silks. And the Fleur-de-lis is for
Louisville. The patch also includes our motto "Can Do" and unit number (KY214).
The patch has been approved by Kentucky Wing according to
Bowman Field Senior Squadron
Participates in Bardstown SAREX
The Bowman Field Senior
Squadron played a large role in the recently conducted Search and Rescue
Exercise (SAREX) conducted at Bardstown, Kentucky (BRY) on April 26th-27th. The
following members of KY214 participated. Frank Coomes, Bill Rasson, Hal Frary,
Bob Sobotka, Larry Herzog, Tom Clark, Bill Jenkins and Larry Austin. If I left
someone out that attended, let me know. Good job guys! The exercise ran both
Saturday and Sunday. Bill Rasson also took a glider flight with Col. Paul
Osborne. To see more of what went on click on the photo (L).
KY214 Members Meet "The Raptor"
Members of the KY214 Squadron attended a visit by the United
States Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team at the Kentucky Air National
Guard base on Standiford Field (KSDF). The KY214 Squadron, along with several other CAP
squadrons, Air Force ROTC and Navy ROTC and JROTC cadets were in attendance.
Here are some pics from the event. A special thank you goes to Micheal Weimer,
the squadron CO of KYANG who made this possible. Also, thanks to all those
service members who also give their all for this country. Thanks for your
service!!! To see more photos, click on the F-22 photo at left.
Bowman Field Senior Squadron
Flies in Winter SAREX 2013
of the KY214 Squadron played a major role in the success of this year's Kentucky
Wing Winter SAREX. A number of pilots, crewmembers and mission base staff
received some good on the job training and hopefully a lot of sign offs on their
SQTRs. The squadron also worked in conjunction with other area squadrons to make
this event as realistic as possible. 27 aerial sorties were flown by Kentucky
Wing aircraft for a total of 41.8 flight hours. Eight (8) of those sorties were
flown by the KY214 Squadron. A total of 13.0 hours of flight time was attributed
to our squadron or 31% of the total hours flown. Flights took place on December
26, 27 and 28. Thanks to all who participated in this event. Exercises like this
give us a great opportunity to train for when we are needed for the real thing.
KY Wing Will have Winter SAREX
Don't forget to mark your calendars for December
26th-31st. The Kentucky Wing will be conducting a winter Search and Rescue
Exercise (SAREX) during those days (or until the money runs out). Make sure if
you need training or sign offs that you don't miss this great opportunity to
train. Try and schedule your flights early because the money tends to run out
near the end of the SAREX. Also, these missions will be staged out of your home
airfields so you won't have to travel somewhere like Frankfort HQ to
participate. The focus is on training. So get out there and train!
KY214 Squadron Members
Participate in Photo Workshop
Major Keith Noe put on an informative meeting on the use and
setup of the the Garmin eTrex GPS and the Canon D-90 camera which are both used
in CAP aerial photography missions. Here are some photos from the meeting. The
next meeting will focus on the processing and uploading of the the photographs
taken with the D-90 and geo-referenced with the Garmin eTrex GPS. Make sure if
you need this training that you show up. Click on the image at left to see more
of what went on.
KY214 Squadron Members Practice
KY214 members attending some practical training during the
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 squadron meeting. Practice ELTs were placed at random
at the airport and members were tasked with finding them using only a handheld
aviation radio. Attendees were shown the basics of finding the ELT and then
turned loose. They were successful and a lot of good training took place.
Finding the general area of an ELT in an airplane is one thing. But once you
have isolated it to the airport, this training is imperative for the aircrew to
be able to find it. Click on the photo above to see more of what went on.
Squadron Aerospace Night All
About Hot Air
hanks to Capt. Peter Miller we had a very interesting
aerospace presentation by Scott McClinton of
Sky Cab Balloons.
Scott gave a very interesting and informative presentation. He was going to set
up a hot air balloon but the weather did not cooperate. He did bring out a
basket so everyone could look at it and ask questions. It is actually very heavy
and is pretty crowded sharing room with the propane tanks. Scott has traveled
throughout the world conducting and flying in balloon events. We all have a much
greater appreciation for what you all do. Lastly, he recounted a story from
Georgia where a balloon was lost and the Civil Air Patrol worked with him and
his group to find the downed balloon.
To see more of what went on, click on the balloon at left.
Bowling Green SAREX a Success
Despite the Weather
The Bowman Field Senior Squadron KY214 participated in the
Bowling Green Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) which was conducted the weekend
of Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th, 2013. The weather played a
major factor in the SAREX with strong storms rolling in on Friday afternoon and
low ceilings and visibility on Saturday and Sunday. A large number of cadets
also turned out and aircraft from all over Kentucky Wing showed up (at least
those that could get past the weather). Lot's of good training took place and
lots of SQTRs were checked off. If you didn't make it, you missed a really good
opportunity to meet some really nice new people and to learn and train on SAR.
The following members from KY214 attended the SAREX. Major Larry Herzog was the
Incident Commander (IC) and did a great job. Major Greg Bell, mission pilot;
Major Keith Noe, mission observer, safety officer; Major Tom Clark, air
operations director; Capt. Peter Miller, mission observer; SM Bill Rason mission
scanner/AP; Stan Mullen comm ops; Lt. Frank Coomes, mission observer, Major
Chris Nester mission check pilot. To see the photos from the SAREX click on the
picture at left.
Squadron Members Participate in Aerial
Photography (AP) SAREX
On Saturday, July 27th, members of the KY214 Squadron in
Louisville participated in the wing-wide AP SAREX conducted out of Frankfort at
Kentucky Wing HQ. One aircraft from Louisville participated. The participating
aircrew was comprised of Capt. Larry Austin, mission pilot, Capt. Marc Feld,
mission observer/AP, and Lt. Frank Coomes mission observer/AP. The aircrew
launched out of Bowman Field in Louisville, took several photos and then
recovered at Capital City Airport in Frankfort where the observers and APs
switched roles. Here are some photographs from the exercise.
New Pilot Earns His Wings in the
KY-214 Squadron member, Russell Loving passed his FAA check
ride. He took his check ride at Bowman Field (KLOU) in N879LA on 6/9/2013 at his
flight school, Louisville Aviation. Now we hope he can start working on becoming
a CAP pilot and passing his Form 5 check ride. Congratulations Russell!!!
Squadron Meeting in July has
Great Presentation on Rotor Wing aircraft
At the July 2nd squadron meeting, a local news chopper pilot
gave a very interesting talk and presentation on her career in flying
helicopters and gave us fixed wing jocks a bit of training on how and why these
machines fly. To see more of what went on, click on the news copter at left.
KY214 Squadron Members Attend
ICUT Training and Testing
Several members of the KY-214 Squadron attended ICUT testing
and training at Bowman Field on Tuesday, July 9th. Capt. Marc Feld conducted the
session along with Majors Larry Herzog and Keith Noe. To see more of what went
on, click on the handheld radio at left.
Squadron Members get Aerial
Photography (AP) Training
On June 28th, members of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron
went on two training flights to get two more individuals qualified as APs. Since
aerial photography is a big part of our mission these days it is very important
that we have plenty of qualified people that are good at it. If you would like
to train for a airborne speciality, guidelines on how to set it up are located
on the Kentucky Wing website. So get out there and get some training!
Squadron Members Participate in
On Saturday, June 1st, 2013, members of the KY214 squadron
participated in the United States Air Force SAREVAL conducted at Kentucky Wing
CAP Headquarters in Frankfort, Kentucky. To see more of what KY214 aircrews did
to participate, click on the photo at left.
Lt. Rick Billingsley Sworn in as
the New KY214 Commander
On Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, Lt. Rick Billingsley was sworn
in as the sixth squadron commander of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron. Rick has
been a squadron member for several years and was willing to take over the reigns
from Major Keith Noe who had been squadron commander for the past several years.
I'm sure we all want to welcome Rick and help him return the squadron to its
status as one of the flying'est squadrons in the nation. Welcome aboard Rick! To
see some more photographs from the inductions ceremony, click on the picture of
Rick as left.
Squadron Members Participate in
of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron participated in the SAREX held at
Georgetown, Kentucky and sponsored by the Bluegrass Senior Squadron out of
Lexington, Kentucky. The SAREX took place the weekend of June 8th-10th. Two
aircraft and aircrews from the KY214 participated in the search and rescue
exercise. To see more photos of what went on, click on the picture at left.
Major George Lasley, KY214
Safety Officer Passes Away 18-Jan-11
Major George Lasley, a member of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron passed away
Tuesday, January 18, 2011. George was the squadron's safety officer who provided
our safety briefings each month. George had been a member of the squadron for a
little over two years. He had planned on becoming a mission pilot but he lost
his FAA medical and could no longer pilot aircraft. Despite this, he was a vital
member of the squadron staff and one prince of a guy! Several squadron members
attended his memorial service held at Southeast Christian Church. I visited
George at the hospital on January 14th and we talked for quite awhile about his
time in the U.S. Air Force and he seemed in very good spirits and really seemed
like he was at peace with the world. We will miss him......
Loses Don Perkins who passed away 19-Nov-10
1LT Don Perkins, a member of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron
passed away Friday evening, November 19, 2010. Don who was 82 years old lost his
three-year battle with cancer. Don was well known and well liked by all. He
really enjoyed his time with the Civil Air Patrol which unfortunately was cut
short due to his illness. Don was a consummate gentleman and professional. His
last job with the squadron was as our aerospace education officer. Don really
pushed the squadron to delve more deeply into this aspect of our CAP mission. He
will be missed by all! Happy landings Don. Now you have permanent wings!
KY214 Squadron Members get up
close and personal with the Strike Eagle
KY214 members where invited to come out to the Kentucky Air
National Guard base at Louisville's Standiford Field to see and find out about
the United States Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle. Members met on Thursday, April
15th from 3:30-5:30 at the operations building and then proceeded to the ramp to
view not only the F-15E but also some other fighter aircraft that were sitting
on the ramp. Other CAP squadrons were present along with Boy Scouts and AFROTC
cadets from the University of Louisville. The weather was perfect and a good
time was had by all that could attend. If you were not able to get off work to
go the the airport, click on the Strike Eagle's vertical stabilizer to see what
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