Capt. Craig Teerlink stands between Cadets Alisann Heath and Daryn Mason after their first CAP flight.
Civil Air Patrol, as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force, sets high standards for flying CAP aircraft and some of these standards include annual and bi-annual flight reviews in order to participate in flight activities along with search and rescue. Recently, a three day pilot clinic was conducted at the Carbon County airport to re-certify local pilot CAP members.
Events of this nature require considerable planning and organizing from the local squadron and the Utah Wing level for aircraft resources and check pilots, holding ground school to review rules and regulations, then beginning the flight training activities while working around the changing weather and flight conditions typical of flying in the Castle Valley. Four senior squadron members participated in various training flights while receiving instruction from CAP check pilots who flew CAP aircraft from Provo and Ogden for the clinic.
Civil Air Patrol has been active in Price as a senior member organization and also as a cadet squadron. Cadets range from age 12 through 18 and have the opportunity to experience many areas of training as CAP members.
The focus is primarily on aerospace education and they learn about various aspects of the Civil Air Patrol, aircraft and flying in each of their weekly meetings. Each cadet is allowed five flights in a powered aircraft and five flights in a glider at no expense to the cadet.
After the recent pilot clinic, Cadet Daryn Mason and Cadet Alisann Heath were able to experience a CAP flight for the first time as part of the orientation flight program. Cadets participate in senior search and rescue activities by manning the base radio at the squadron meeting area and learn how to properly conduct radio transmission during an exercise.
In May a recruitment effort was held in the local schools to recruit new cadets and this activity resulted in five new cadets joining and attending Camp Curry at the Utah Wing building in Salt Lake City to receive their first rank as Airmen First Class. The cadet squadron meets every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carbon County Airport. Anyone interested is welcome to attend a meeting and ask questions about the program.
The CAP cadets participated in the International Days Parade marching the parade route and stopping to perform drill exercises which are part of their military focused training. Several cadets from this area have pursued military careers and have attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs as a result of being involved with the cadet program.
Other activities are included in many of the meetings. A back-to-school barbeque was held on August 20 for cadets and their families to enjoy the last vestiges of summer vacation. For more information about joining the Civil Air Patrol, contact Lt. Colonel Betty Moore at 435-381-5633 or Maj. Lora Akers at 435-637-6303.