Apollo 1 Senior Squadron hosts airborne photography course
11/14/2017 — FORT MEADE, Md. — Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing’s Apollo 1 Senior Squadron based at Tipton Airport hosted airborne photographer training on October 29, 2017. 1st Lt. Michael Heuss and 1st Lt. Richard Marko provided a full day of classroom instruction including theory and practice in conjunction with hands-on training using professional grade camera equipment. Twenty-two members from Maryland Wing completed the familiarization and preparation tasks necessary for advancement to airborne phase of training. CAP members must be qualified as a mission scanner and be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for airborne photographer training.
Airborne photographers serve as a members of CAP flight crews and are tasked with taking photographs and/or video from the air of specified ground targets that completely meet or exceed customer’s objectives and needs. These members will eventually support CAP emergency services missions providing an inexpensive method for FEMA and other local, state, and federal government agencies to get imagery needed to dispatch assistance where needed more quickly and effectively.
Over 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s cadet programs. Visit http://www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.
by Maj. Derek Rustvold, Commander, Apollo 1 Senior Squadron
Photo credit: 1st Lt. Richard Marko, CAP