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    August 29, 2016

    Civil Air Patrol pilots in central Indiana wrapped up a weekend-long training mission Sunday. WISH-TV 24-Hour News 8 got exclusive access to a training mission. The task on Sunday morning at Monroe County Airport was to find a downed plane by locating its transmitter, or “black box.” Learn more about...

    August 29, 2016

    A group of local aviation enthusiasts and pilots met with leaders of the Utah Wing of the Civil Air Patrol on Aug. 24, to learn about starting a CAP squadron in Vernal. Wing Commander Col. Jon Niedfeldt and others with CAP spent two hours explaining to interested parents the steps...

    August 24, 2016

    The report – even though it was fiction – noted a Cessna 172 flying out of French Valley Airport did not make its scheduled arrival in Borrego Springs and was reported missing. At Hemet-Ryan Airport in Riverside County, California, a group of about 30 volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol...

    August 24, 2016

    Nearly 700 aircraft were in attendance at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s fly-in at Bremerton (Wash.) National Airport over the weekend. The second of four AOPA 2016 fly-ins, the event was the largest AOPA fly-in to date, with more than 4,000 attendees. “Thanks to the help of the airport...

    August 24, 2016

    More than 60 people — a lot of them wearing blue uniforms — gathered in the Naples Civil Air Patrol hangar Monday night to place a new officer in command of the unit. In a military-like ceremony, Maj. Dirk DeVille handed over the Civil Air Patrol unit’s flag to the...

    August 23, 2016

    Flooding has devastated parts of Louisiana and one Tennessee organization is planning to help. Members of the Murfreesboro Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is collecting donations for flooding victims, said CAP 1st Lt. Morgan Torp-Pederson. “We are actually still collecting donations through Saturday, then we’ll drive it down...

    August 23, 2016

    Civil Air Patrol members gathered at the Black Hills Airport in Spearfish Saturday for a statewide search-and-rescue exercise. Personnel from all six squadrons of the South Dakota Wing participated in a combination air and ground search for a simulated downed plane. “It’s good to have us all together once in...

    August 17, 2016

    Maj. Chris Bailey, North Carolina Wing director of operations as well as a graduate of East Carolina University, and an ECU Air Force ROTC cadet, rising senior Jacquelyn Nance, worked together at this summer’s wing encampment to organize flights and other activities for participants, the university alumni newsletter notes. Bailey...

    August 17, 2016

    The Grand Strand Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is training to become another resource during missing swimmer situations. “Myrtle Beach has suffered way too many drownings this year,” said Maj. Doug Carter, who says CAP is preparing to provide assistance, hopefully as early as next...

    August 17, 2016

    A University of New Mexico professor is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a device to create three-dimensional images of canyons and washes in real-time. The device would attach to airplanes deployed to fight fires. It’s infrared imaging system takes high-resolution photographs of the landscape, and...

    August 12, 2016

    The plane banked left, turning on its side, and the world below opened up in a stunning expanse of blue sky, glittering water and the Seattle, Washington, skyline. That was Kelly Howell’s favorite part of her recent Young Eagles flight at Seafair with legendary pilot Sean D. Tucker. Learn more...

    August 12, 2016

    Civil Air Patrol’s 75th Anniversary was front and center Thursday in "Airborne Unlimited," a daily aviation news show published on the Aero-News Network's website--www.aero-news.net. ANN's "Airborne 08.11.16" episode featured CAP's 75 years of vigilant service to America through its National Conference, currently underway in Nashville, Tennessee. More than 700 members from across the United...

    August 8, 2016

    The pilot of a glider died when the aircraft crashed Sunday in the Pinenuts. Joseph N. Lowenhardt, 74, of Minden was the only occupant. The Nevada Civil Air Patrol, assisted by the U.S. Air Force, located the crashed glider approximately 8 miles east of the Minden Tahoe Airport.    

    August 7, 2016

    You might have noticed a few more planes going in and out Asheville (N.C.) Regional Airport Saturday. Ten Civil Air Patrol aircraft and about 20 CAP pilots converge on Asheville to take part in the Mountain Fury Mountain Flying training weekend hosted by the Asheville Composite Squadron of CAP.  

    August 7, 2016

    JR Arnt doesn’t remember the first time he was given a ride in an airplane, but he remembers at age 5 seeing the members of Civil Air Patrol in their weekly drills and dreaming that someday he’d be a part of the Worthington (Minn.) Composite Squadron that helps give kids...

    August 7, 2016

    Fauna Jackson, the 16-year-old girl from Cincinnati who went missing Thursday in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming was found Saturday morning. Jackson was found about 8 a.m. MDT and was transported to a hospital for a welfare check, after officials noted Jackson changed her clothes from the last time...

    August 5, 2016

    The Wyoming Civil Air Patrol is assisting in the search for 16-year-old Fauna Jackson, who went missing from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming Thursday. CAP members made aerial patrols Thursday night, using forward looking infrared imaging (FLIR) to detect sources imitating heat on the ground. Additional rescue crews were...

    August 5, 2016

    Search teams on Thursday morning discovered the body of a civilian helicopter pilot, 29-year-old Casey Clark, who crashed into the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana a day earlier. The Iberia Parish Coroner's Office was called to the scene shortly after wreckage of the pilot's civilian helicopter was found around 9:30 a.m. Thursday,...

    August 4, 2016

    David English’s final training flight to become a Civil Air Patrol mission pilot will be one he'll always remember, turning into a search and eventual rescue of two stranded kayakers before it was over. “Basically, it was an evaluation flight for me,” said English. “I had to demonstrate proficiency and...

    August 4, 2016

    Louisiana pilot Al Habetz, 63, flew several passengers to Florida Tuesday afternoon. They left out of Abbeville’s Memorial Airport. On his way home, his plane went down in the Gulf off the coast of Destin. The crash happened around 8:30 Tuesday night and his body was recovered by search and...

    August 2, 2016

    Search and rescue crews resumed their search for a missing 21-year-old hiker on Monday after unsuccessful attempts to “ping” his cell phone, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said Monday morning. Riley Zickel of Portland was last heard from on July 27 after he told family he planned to explore the Mount...

    August 1, 2016

    A Civil Air Patrol cadet got a graduation surprise in Schenectady, New York, this weekend. Cadets from across the area ended a weeklong New York Wing encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base on Saturday. But the day was even more special for Cadet Staff Sgt. Sean O'Meara, a member...

    August 1, 2016

    La Crosse County, Wisconsin, authorities used Civil Air Patrol radar and cell phone technology to find the body of a Minnesota pilot — 56-year-old Loren Larson from Kerkhoven, Minnesota. Larson’s body was found in his plane’s wreckage on a farm in Holmen, Wisconsin. “We were able to obtain a phone...

    August 1, 2016

    Just five out of every 1,000 Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve the youth leadership program’s highest honor. But Cadet Col. Meghan Duell of Warsaw, New York, credits an achievement she alone will wear with honor to a group that would easily swell the average if rewarded the General Carl A....

    July 29, 2016

    Hollywood actor Harrison Ford took a teenage girl flying in his plane in Wisconsin on Thursday to promote flying among young people. The “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” star was accompanied by 16-year-old Jodie Gawthrop when he flew his DeHavilland Beaver on Thursday at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual convention in...

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