On April 13th, senior members gathered for training at Davison Army Airfield. Among the events ocurring that evening were routine safety training, and specialized training on the operation of the CAP Technisonic FM radio. Installed in CAP aircraft, these radios are used by aircrews to communicate with other CAP aircraft, ground teams, and mission base during exercises and real world operations. The combination of knobs, buttons, and switches on this radio is complex and CAP volunteers who may not use the radio on a frequent basis benefit from occasional review and instruction on settings, tips, and best practices that will keep communications flowing smoothly during CAP missions.
On April 27th, senior members again came together for training. Lt Col Lou Volchansky presented instruction on search and rescue flight patterns used by CAP aircrews during emergency services missions. Volchansky discussed altitude, airspeeds, flap configurations, track spacing, scanning techniques, as well as the specific reasons a particular search pattern should be chosen based upon weather and other conditions. Whether members are working toward initial aircrew qualifications, or are seasoned veterans, review of these procedures is essential for keeping skills sharp.
Later that same evening, Mount Vernon cadets stood in formation for a promotion and awards ceremony. Capt James Kavanagh, the squadron’s deputy commander for cadets, presided over the ceremony during which four cadets were promoted and several were recognized for participation in the annual Wreaths Across America event.