Maryland Wing pilots – pursuing excellence while maintaining proficiency
July 15, 2018 – CALIFORNIA, Md. – Twenty Civil Air Patrol pilots and staff personnel from across Maryland attended Maryland Wing’s flight clinic held in the Walter Francis Duke Terminal Building at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport on June 30, 2018. The clinic was directed by Lt. Col. Peter Loewenheim, Maryland Wing’s standardization and evaluation officer. Flight instructors included pilots Maj. Julian Rosemond, Capt. Fred Guldi, Capt. Curtis Berry, Capt. Piotr Kulczakowicz and Lt. Col. Walter Coats. This training activity was a wing-wide cooperative program, with instructors from several squadrons including Hagerstown, Glenn L. Martin, and St. Mary’s composite squadrons and Montgomery Senior Squadron.
Pilots from Col. Mary Feik , Easton, Frederick, Glenn L. Martin, Hagerstown, Harford and St. Mary’s composite squadrons and the Montgomery Senior Squadron attended the training. In addition to CAP aircraft, four corporate and two privately owned aircraft were flown in by attending pilots. The curriculum included course rules, cockpit resource management, lessons learned and safety. The primary topic of instruction for this clinic was situational awareness.
Attendees provided positive feedback and emphasized the quality of the information presented. Many pilots commented that it was a well-produced program and definitely worth attending. Col. Larry Trick, Middle East Region’s deputy chief of staff for mission support, who served as the clinic’s incident commander and administrative officer commented, “It was the best one I have attended.” In addition to the learning aspect of the clinic, members were also treated to a flyby of the L-39 Albatross flown by retired Lt. Col. Art Nalls, USMC. What a great day!
Special appreciation was extended to Maj. Dennis Villar, commander of St. Mary’s squadron for his contribution for overseeing the commissary and preparing the burgers and hot dogs enjoyed by all. No one went away hungry!
Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.
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 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.
Article and photos by
Col. Lawrence Trick, CAP
Middle East Region