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FEBRUARY 5, 2014
We begIn the meeting at 7 PM with a special presentation to East Falmouth resident, and CAPA member Roger McDowell of a Wright Brothers Master Pilot Certificate by FAA Northeast Deputy Administrator Todd Friedenberg.
The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award was instituted by the FAA to recognize pilots who have practiced safe flight operations continuously for 50 or more years during the course of their aviation careers. The award consists of a certificate and a pin, and consolidates other aviation awards presented by the FAA district offices. Eligibility for the award includes:
Nominations are submitted by a formal application form that must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation from other FAA-certified pilots, attesting to the nominee's record. Only 2,000 certified pilots out of half a million have been honored with the award.[
Todd Friedenberg, FAA Deputy Administrator, New England Region
Todd will be revealing major improvements that can be expected at the Plymouth, Marshfield, and Provincetown airports. He’ll also discuss ADS-B implementation plans for our area, as well as provide a review of local accidents. A Sandwich resident and former Cape TRACON chief, Todd plays a key role for the FAA in New England Region. The six-state ten-Tribal Nation region covers 160,000 square miles of airspace, maintains 68 facilities and employs approximately 2,000 employees. As the Deputy Regional Administrator, Todd provides FAA leadership in crossorganizational matters. He also represents the FAA with industry, the public, Native American Tribes and other governmental entities. He’ll bring a close-to-home perspective to these topics for us.
The Civil Air Patrol was created December 1, 1941 exactly one week prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor by New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia in his capacity as Director of the Office of Civilian Defense.
During World War II, CAP was seen as a way to use America's civilian aviation resources to aid the war effort instead of grounding them. The organization assumed many missions including anti-submarine patrol and warfare, border patrols, and courier services. CAP pilots sighted 173 German submarines and sank two, dropping a total of 83 bombs and depth charges throughout the war.
What Makes a Good Landing? An Excellent Approach!
This Wednesday's CAPA meeting (9/7) will feature three films you won't want to miss.
Pilot's Summer Barbeque Next Week!
There will be no formal CAPA meeting during August, and the next CAPA meeting will be Wednesday, September 1 at the four Cs.
Join us for an entertaining aviation double-feature:
This is our last meeting of Summer...August will be the month for our annual Cape Pilot's Association barbeque, so make plans to join us this coming Wednesday evening, July 7th. Mark your calendar now for the next monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 1 (Labor Day is late this year on September 6).
PILOT DECISION MAKING SKILLS, PART 2
Tomorrow (Wednesday) night at CAPA we will present the second part of the FAA Safety Team seminar "Evaluating Your Judgment and Decision Making Skills". Four local safety experts will present fresh scenarios, followed by evaluation and discussion. If you missed Part I, you can still join the discussion and receive full benefits at this meeting.
Topic: FAA FAAST Team Safety Seminar on airman decision making skills will be discussed through the presentation and discussion of a series of scenarios.
Phase one of a two part interactive series of scenarios relating to preflight, takeoff, in-flight, approach and landing situations will be reviewed in a multi-speaker presentation at the next monthly CAPA meeting May 5th at Cape Cod Community College. Risk factors will be identified and discussed along with methods to mitigate the risks to an acceptable level. Don't miss this special event! Only you can choose to be a safe pilot!
ever have an overrun.
Through apecial arrangements with Aviation Safety Videos, we will present a new training video which offers specific procedures to make sure you can safely land on the shortest runways. These overruns happen here on Cape Cod every year and it is likely that those which don't end in injury or serious damage are never reported.
Aircraft finance executive Mel Dorr has regularly landed his Cessna 180 on an 800' runway on nearby Cuttyhunk Island for over thirty years. While this is extreme, there have been completely unnecessary runway overrun issues for years at Falmouth (2298'), Marston's Mills (2035'-2700'), Myricks (2466'),Cranland (1860'), and Marlborough (1659').
A petition has been made to tha FAA to implement new runway markings to assist pilots in making correct go-around decisions. The film will explain the proposal and we will take a vote at this meeting to see if CAPA should write in support of this proposal, which has been endorsed by AOPA and EAA.
2. "BILL'S EMERGENCY LANDING" - Next to a midair, losing your engine in flight over strange terrain can be the most terrifying emergency to deal with.
That's exectly what happend to Falmouth Airpark resident Bill McClure in November while flying the 1938 Fairchild model 24 he had just bought as her flew it from Idaho to back East.
Bill navigated the Rockies around Park City, Utah, then East through Nebraska and toward Nashville, where he was going to have some work done by the original aircraft restorer. Just East of Memphis disaster struck.
FEBRUARY 3, 2010
CAPA PILOT MEDICAL UPDATE!
Snow circa 1950 flying his Ryan Navion over Boston Harbor. Notice the mothballed "Jeep Carriers" anchored below next to the Boston Army Base and the Black Falcon Pier. Snow often commuted to work in the Navion from his home airstrip in Ipswich, and Summers flying into his airstrip on Tuckernuck Island (just West of Nantucket).
JANUARY 6, 2010
"GPS and WAAS Explained!"
Attend this informative briefing with featured speaker Sean Dignan, a FAASTeam Rep, for an interactive and educational look into the many features and uses of GPS with emphasis on the Garmin 430. This a complex instrument which requires some effort from the pilot to understand the Garmin "Knobology” and the special features and capabilities. Don't miss this informative event! Come early for PIZZA and to socialize!
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have been installed in the general aviation fleet in large numbers. The Garmin 430W has brought us into the era of GPS and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) which is a real boon to both VFR and IFR pilots alike.
MAY 6, 2009
AOPA Safety Head Coming to CAPA
We are pleased to announce that nationally recognized author and president of the AOPS Air Safety Foundation Bruce Landsberg will be our featured speaker at the May CAPA Meeting Wednesday, May 6th. His presentations are crisp, relatable, and grounded in a broad scope of accident studies and pilot behavioral analysis.
Landsberg's specialty is General Aviation.
Bruce Landsberg has lead the AOPA Air Safety Foundation since May 1992. He is responsible for all foundation activities including program development, safety seminars, publications, the Online Safety Center, special educational and research projects, and donor cultivation. During his tenure, ASF has been nationally recognized with numerous awards on aviation safety leadership and educational program excellence. He writes the monthly “Safety Pilot” column in AOPA Pilot magazine, as well as a popular weekly blog in AOPA ePilot, and is a periodic contributor to AOPA Flight Training magazine. He serves on many committees to represent general aviation safety interests in the FAA, NASA, NTSB, National Weather Service, and various industry groups. ASF has become the leading general aviation safety organization conducting more than 200 free educational seminars annually, recertifying more flight instructors, and averaging more than 20,000 online course completions monthly.
Prior to joining ASF, Landsberg was product marketing manager for FlightSafety International in Wichita, Kansas, and manager for Cessna Aircraft Company’s Air Age education department.
A former U.S. Air Force officer, he holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master's degree in industrial technology from the University of Maryland.
Landsberg has logged more than 6,000 hours with airline transport pilot (ATP), single-engine, multiengine, and instrument flight instructor certificates, and he has been an AOPA member for more than 35 years.
Building the Cape Cod Canal
Shipwrecks around Cape Cod, 1900
The CAPA May meeting will open with a 50 minute History Channel film documenting the building of the Cape Cod Canal, which eventually became the widest sea level canal in the world. It opened Julyh 29, 1914, 17 days ahead of the grand opening of the Panama Canal.
The grand opening of the Cape Cod Canal was July 29, 1914. Belmont's canal was expensive for mariners. As much as $16.00 for a trip by schooner, a considerable amount in those days. This, along with the narrow 100 foot width and shallow depth of the canal made many mariners continue to use the routes around the cape. As a result, tolls did not live up to expectations and the Cape Cod Canal became a losing proposition.
As a result, the Cape Cod Canal was purchased by the U.S. Government on March 30, 1928. The waterway was widened and deepened to nearly 500 feet wide and 32 feet deep, removing 30 million cubic yards of earth. All this work employed a total of 1400 men during the Great Depression. By 1940 the completed Cape Cod Canal represented the widest sea-level canal in the world. Ship traffic could safely transit the waterway and now over 20,000 vessels of all types use the Canal annually.