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7-6 Air Cav r e -CAP

7-6 Air Cav re-CAP

Group 13, Texas Wing, South Western Region, Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary

October 2003

Volume 1, Number 10

October News


ELT Search

October News


October was a very active month for the Squadron! Our thanks to all those Cadets and Seniors who gave up their time to support the activities, and participate in their training!


Wings Over Houston


ELT UDF Ground Search- IAH

Flying Clinic


by Capt Ted Tessitore An ELT mission (number 03M2367) was conducted 10 October 2003. The ELT search was initiated about 0930 following a call from Col. Jan Hays the Incident Commander (IC). An ELT was reported being heard in the vicinity of Williams Airport and Bush International (IAH) along with supporting SARSAT hits for a number of hours. Capt Tessitore and C/Lt Tessitore began what was to be a 130 mile vehicle ELT search. The ELT frequency of 121.150 MHz was monitored while driving toward the target area. The first stop was Williams Airport to perform a ramp search, which was negative. The search then continued down FM 1314 and Rt 59 toward IAH with no ELT tones noted. A road search was conducted around the perimeter of IAH also negative. The search then moved to the east towards Tomball and Kingwood as there is active boating on Lake Houston, the boats can also use the same frequency ELT as the aircraft. The search was still negative. As the route brought the search back across Rt 59 some activity was noted on the ELT frequency. This led the search toward the area surrounding Kingwood College. Here it was possible to pick up audio voices and music mixed with the background noise with an occasional mixed tone that sounded like a weird ELT signal. As it turned out those first reporting the ELT said it sounded funny or not quite right. AFRCC was contacted with this data through the IC. As the SARSAT hits were now negative the mission was closed out late afternoon with no find. Another mystery search but well done.


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7-6 Air Cavalry Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron, Group 13, Texas Wing. Commander:

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FTX-Woodville by Capt Ted Tessitore


7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron left for Woodville, Texas the evening of 10 October for an Emergency Services Field Training Exercise (FTX). Capt Hooper flew the CAP aircraft to Woodville (Tyler County Airport) to provide orientation rides during the FTX while Capt Dicker and Lt Illerhaus, trailer in tow, proceeded by land to the airport. Capt Tessitore arrived early Saturday to assist in ES training and offered assistance to the cadet staff. A number of orientation flights were performed but our efforts were hampered by a number of commercial aircraft which had a tendency to take over airport operations. The weather was great, not too hot by day nor too cool by night and no rain in sight.



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The cadet participated in land navigation using a compass, fire building, knots & ropes, shelter building, PT, meal preparation, field exercises and of course a lively night exercise tiring the cadets before lights out. It seemed the smoke from the camp fire was attracted to Capt Dickers tent. (I think the cadets placed a smoke magnet in his sleeping bag?) The sun arose Sunday morning with pink clouds above the rising sun and little if any fog. Training continued with PT and more ES activities. A number of additional orientation flights were carried out as the morning progressed and Lt Ayre arrived with his aircraft to offer assistance.

As often does time finally ran out and camp was dismantled, the trailer packed and all readied for a return trip to Conroe. A few cadets took advantage of the return flights of the aircraft to Montgomery County Airport to get additional orientation flights. All those returning by ground made the traditional stop in Livingston at McDonalds at the Jnct of 190 and Hwy 59 for some really good fast food. Upon return to the Conroe area the van was washed, refueled and readied for it’s next mission while the cadets were returned to their parents care for some rest and relaxation following a busy weekend. Another fine FTX ends. Overall five senior members and 14 cadets participated in the FTX.

Wings Over Houston by Capt Ted Tessitore

Ellington Field –18- 19 October: Saturday and Sunday during the Wings Over Houston Air Show member of 7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron participated by helping the air show staff provide cold and refreshing water and Power Aid drinks to the flight crews manning the display aircraft, assisting the Commemorative Air Force by manning displays and dispersing information pamphlets, supporting the VIP tent area with refreshments, and manning a CAP information booth with one of our aircraft as a display.

Sadness fell on the air show Sunday as one of the WWII aircraft taking part in the show suffered an undetermined problem leading to its crash and the death of the pilot Saturday evening. A special formation was flown during the Sunday show in respect of the pilot lost in the accident.

The seniors taking part were Capt Stewart, Lt Tynefield, and Capt Tessitore. The cadets participating were cadets; Anthony Esposito, Scott Ehrgott, Chris Illerhaus, Travis Roland, Richard Barrella, James Sumner, Joshua Koch, Ben Tatum, Kyle Joncyk, Andrew Tynefield, and Joshua Tessitore.

Mountain Flying by Capt. Jeremy Hooper

During the weekend of October 18, Lt. David Ayre and myself flew out to Texas Wing's Mountain Flying Clinic in Alpine, Texas for an exciting and challenging Search-and-Rescue Exercise (SAREX). I'm putting together a November presentation for the senior members, but I'd like to touch on a few of the highlights of the mountain flying course for the benefit of our newsletter subscribers. I must say that mountain flying is some of the most fun flying I've ever done. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and awe inspiring. Flying in the mountains also opens up hundreds of destinations which are difficult if not impossible to access by other means. But just as with any rewarding endeavor, it does produce some unique challenges not necessarily associated with the terrain we're used to operating around here in Houston. Mountain flying is far less tolerant of human error or inattention, so rigorous training and planning are essential. Alpine airport sits at an elevation of 4515 feet, and with high density altitudes (a factor in aircraft and human performance) of 7000 feet while we were there, the airplane's performance


simply isn't as favorable as it is at sea level. With less air molecules available, the engine simply can't generate as much horsepower. Fewer air molecules available to the flight control surfaces also results in sluggish handling and loss of lift capability. Coupled with factors such as rising terrain, unpredictable weather patterns and fierce winds (including updrafts and downdrafts), short/sloping airstrips, fewer options for an off-airport landing, sparse areas of civilization, and aero medical factors such as hypoxia, you can see that attention to detail can mean the difference between a safe flight and a deadly one. Despite the potential hazards, it is possible to conduct a safe flight in the mountains by knowing the limitations of your airplane as well as your own personal limitations. Always know your exact position, the elevations and location of the highest terrain features, and most importantly always be in a position to turn towards lower terrain (in other words, always have an out!). In conducting our search-and-rescue training, we learned how to perform a contour search. This basically involved positioning the airplane near to and slightly above the mountain peak; each circle around the mountain would cover slightly more distance and would be flown at a lower altitude. This search pattern was utilized until the onboard scanner and observer has been able to look at the entire mountain face for the search objective. Those were some of the fundamentals of mountain flying that we learned in Alpine. The weather was absolutely perfect, and we couldn't have had a better time. Approximately 4 of these clinics are conducted annually, and training is available for mission pilots, observers, and scanners, and it's fully funded! Hopefully you'll take advantage of the opportunity to experience the mountains and come with us next time!

Glider O-Flights: Flights resumed October 4 th & 5 th . Cadets Richard Barrella, Ben and Dana Magby, David Heath, Art Formanek, and Scott Ehrgott had a total of 10 Glider flights, over this weekend at a cost of $30 per flight charged to CAP. 1Lt Brumlow also had a personal flight which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Powered O-Flights: Powered O Flights were conducted this month with Capt. Hooper and Lt Ayre flying Cadets Will Walls, Scott Ehrgott, Richard Barrella, Jacob Hatherly, Stephen Cornell, Stephen Roberts, Marco Garcia, Cadets Stephen Roberts, Stephen Cornell, Richard Barrella, Marco Garcia also had back seat rides.

Commander’s Call

Squadron Commander’s Call

by Capt. S. Dicker The October FTX was a great success. We were able to get allot of items in the 101T manuals checked off through our evaluators. The weather

cooperated fully and it was only cool. The next FTX is November 14, 15, & 16,


I expect the weather to be much colder. Please warn your parents and

begin acquiring thick black socks, long underwear, gloves, etc., that you will need to survive. Cadet's also need to obtain sleeping bags rather than bringing just blankets. November weather is unpredictable and rain is always a possibility, so tents are a necessity. Hopefully the new unit tents will be in before we go and we won't need individuals to bring tents, but lets be prepared just in case. The Ellington Composite Squadron will be joining us this time in Woodville. This will give our Cadets and theirs, the chance to work together and mingle. You newer Cadets that attended the October FTX, should now have a good idea of what to bring as far as food goes. I would like to have as many Cadets as possible to attend the November FTX. Its easier to go


before the weather turns more severe and learn about camping than waiting until the weather isn't so pleasant. For all those who went in October, Great Job! And thanks to our Senior Members who made the whole FTX possible.

Famous Quotes

Quote of the Month: "Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction; it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him." -Simone Weil, Waiting for God

November Events

Upcomming Events & Activities



Glider O-Flights: Our next scheduled Glider O-Flights are November 8th. Our Gliding activity is run by CAP members of the Soaring Club of Houston at their Gliderport between Magnolia and Hempstead. Cadets should sign up for this activity on the Squadron’s bulletin board or contact 1Lt D. Ayre by phone at 281 367 0519 or via e- mail at . Information about the club and its facilities can be found at . Cadets are encouraged, and SM’s are required, to take the Soaring Society of America’s (SSA) Wing Runner course which is available on the national website . Typically we assemble at the US Army Reserve Center Aviation Support Facility (USARC ASF) at 0730 for a 0800 hrs departure, returning around 1800 hrs.

Powered O-Flights: The next dates for Powered O-Flights are November 14 th and 16 th at the FTX in Woodville.


ES Training

TAMU JCAP: Cadet Chase Ewing was selected to attend the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Junior Cadet Achievement Program at College Station the 30 th of October through 2 nd November. He will march into Kyle Field as part of the Corps of Cadets for the weekend’s football game against Kansas State.


Cadets Walls and Joncyk are scheduled to attend Cadet Training and Education Program (CTEP) Leadership Training, at Camp Mabry the 7 th thru 9 th of November. They will be accompanied by Capt Hooper who will fly them over and back in our aircraft as part of their O-Flights. Completion of CTEP leadership courses are the main requirements for Cadets to be selected as Staff for the weeklong encampments

ES Training

Group 13: by Maj. Rand Woodward The funded SAREX is scheduled in November for the weekend before Thanksgiving (21 st thru 23 rd November.) This is open to Cadets and Seniors who wish to attain ES qualifications. Both Cadets and SM’s must have taken and passed the CAPT 116 100 question test and have a 101T card issued to participate, and must have sent in a TXWG F17a to Chuck Brenholm as soon as possible. Cadets wishing to attend should contact Captains Tessitore, Brown, Hooper or 1Lt Ayre 7-6 Air Cav FTX: Dates are November 14 th thru 16 th , see the calendar.

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Lectern by Chaplain George Klett


The Commandment: In 1 Peter 3:8 we read a commandment which rings throughout the pages of the Bible, "Have compassion for one another!"

A Parable: A young boy came home late from school one afternoon. His mother queried him about his tardiness. He replied that his best friend had a bicycle wreck and he had stopped to help him. Again his mother questioned him, "But you don't know how to fix a bicycle. How did you help him?" Her son replied, "I sat down with him to help him cry."

Some Problems: Expressed compassion is "helping another person to cry." It is being with another person in their anguish, suffering with another person in their suffering. But sometimes expressing our heartfelt compassion to another in their distress can be complicated and difficult. First, if we are calloused, apathetic and indifferent, we cannot compassionately identify with the hurting person. A cold heart expresses no warmth! Second, we may feel arrogance and condemnation toward the sufferer, feeling that "they brought their situation upon their self, deserving their plight and not deserving my sympathy!" Third, fear can stifle our expressions of compassion. We may feel inadequate. We may fear making matters worse or embarrassing ourselves. We may be afraid of becoming involved in a gruesome situation.

Some Responses To Avoid: Some responses should be avoided, like "I've been where you are, I know how you feel, I understand your situation, and Everything will be okay!"

Some Beneficial Responses: While the sufferer may feel that they need a "sixteen ounce sirloin steak" to nurture them in their need, often a "slice of bacon" will help beyond their imagination: a telephone call, a note, a brief visit, a floral arrangement, a batch of cookies, a pecan pie, etc., all simply saying, " I heard about your pain, I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers, Please call upon me if I can be of help in any way!" It usually takes so little time and effort to express heartfelt compassion, and we do not have to be professionally trained to help another person cry!


Profile: 1Lt David Ayre by Chaplain Klett

This month our 7-6 Air Cav Newsletter salutes one of our most committed senior members, 1st Lt. David Ayre! Born in Leeds, England in 1956, Lt. Ayre came to the United States in 1979. He is employed by Halliburton as a Global Technical Adviser, having lived in Iran, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Scotland and the United States. As a senior member of our 7-6 squadron since September 2002, he holds ratings as a mission pilot, "O" pilot, with 400+ hours logged, as well as scanner, observer, and radio operator. He is also our public affairs officer and editor of our 7-6 Air Cav monthly newsletter! His CAP awards include the Yeager, Membership, Find, Encampment and Unit Citation ribbons. Before arriving in the U.S. he received a Royal Air Force flying scholarship as a cadet in the United Kingdom's Air Training Corps, enabling him to earn his private pilot's license. He earned his Glider Pilot’s license as a cadet and attained the coveted Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award for public service and personal development! He was a Reserve Pilot in the RAF. In 1977 Lt. Ayre earned a B.Eng. degree in


Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool, England, and his Master of Business Administration from UT at Arlington in 2002. He and his wife Luz Maria (class of '78, Texas A&M) live in The Woodlands and have three sons: Colin, 21; Steven, 18 (class of '06, Corps of Cadets, Texas A&M); and Jason, 13! We are proud and honored to have a member such as Lt. Ayre in our squadron, setting an example of dedication and excellence for the rest of us to emulate! Sir, we salute you!!

Flight Ops

Senior Member Spin


Flight Operations by Capt Jeremy Hooper


There are several changes on the way in Flight Operations. Right now, a major priority is getting all pilot qualification data entered into MIMS, so please get this done as soon as possible since pilots who fail to accomplish this will lose CAP flying privileges. Please contact me at or 214-693-6338 if you require assistance in entering your information. MIMS will eventually reduce the amount of paperwork that we will have to keep track of. Beginning in January 2004, all flight releases will be assigned a flight release number by National; the PIC’s qualifications will have to be validated by MIMS before a flight release number can be issued. In addition, a requirement for participation in flight clinics, FAA Wings Program, or other type of proficiency program will soon be unveiled in CAPR 60-1.

Our aircraft, N235TX, has seen in excess of 25 hours usage this month in a number of flying activities, including a Group 13 SAREX, a mountain flying SAREX in Alpine, Texas, pilot training, and number of cadet orientation flights at the recent FTX. The weather has been great, and we’re well on our way to beating our annual goal of 200 hours! Keep flying, and stay safe!

The CAP Emergency Services website has a great resource which I believe every pilot should have in their arsenal. It’s called the Civil Air Patrol Inflight Guide and Aircrew Aid and you can download it from http://www.cap- . It contains invaluable material on crew resource management, especially in the context of a search-and-rescue mission. A step by step guide to crew/passenger briefings is laid out along with an operational risk management checklist which can be used to objectively assess the risks involved in any particular flight operation. To add to operational risk management, remember that the three main critical factors which must be evaluated are what I call the “3 Ps”; that is, the Plane, the Pilot, and the Plan.


encourage everyone to especially pay attention to the “I’M SAFE” acronym

(Illness, Medication, Stress, Alcohol, Fatigue, Emotion) when analyzing risk to

ensure that these factors don’t introduce unnecessary risks to our flying.


want to close this month’s Flight Operations column with a message to the

parents of our cadets. As one of our two active cadet orientation pilots in the squadron, I have the priv ilege of introducing many of your kids to the world of aviation through our cadet orientation flight program. This is truly an outstanding program, and the cadets who choose to participate in these free flights will see that their membership dues are paid back many times over. Unfortunately, there are times when safety concerns, such as less than ideal weather, have caused us to postpone a scheduled O-flight. I want to assure every parent that we take the safety of our cadets with the utmost seriousness; indeed it is an awesome responsibility. We will not launch a flight unless we are certain that the risk is kept to an absolute minimum. Thank you for your trust, participation and support.

Aerospace Ed.

Aerospace Education by 2Lt. Roland Illerhaus


The first chapter of module 5 was presented on September 2nd. We looked at the definition of space, talked about micro gravity. Shapes of Galaxies and Nebulae were discussed as well. Most interesting was to listen to the sound of pulsars of which some spin up to 700 revolutions per second. On Oct. 7th Capt. Domengeaux presented the second part of the module which focuses on our solar system. We received our Aerospace Excellence (AEX) award for 2003 In November we will start our external program with the Wilkerson Intermediate school in The Woodlands. We are planning to conduct two 45 minute sessions per class to discuss some of the elements of our AE program which should help them with their science as well as a discussion of CAP which hopefully interests some kids.



Maintenance Hanger by SM Astrid Phillips


Our aircraft is temporarily grounded. The aircraft has had an erratic RPM / Tachometer gauge and an intermittent rough running engine. While troubleshooting I found the gauge cable damaged. Hopefully, after replacement of the cable, we will have her up and flying. When time permits in the future, the DF/FM radio problems will also be corrected.

Cadet Programs

Cadet Programs


Applications are being taken for Staff and Basic Cadets at the Winter Encampment, at Camp Mabry in Austin, which starts just after Christmas.












Applications for National Cadet Special Activities should be formulated and submitted no later than Dec 31 st . Maj Brooks Cima has issued some guidelines to help cadets through this application process. Cadets who want help with their resume should ask any senior member to review it and make constructive suggestions.

Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets has offered up to 10 Scholarships next year for CAP Cadets.


Safety by Capt Clyde Domengeaux


Seat Belts & Teens: Teens have the highest fatality rate in motor vehicle crashes than any other age group. There are many reasons: for instance, while teens are learning the new skills needed for driving, many engage in "high- risk" behaviors, such as speeding and/or driving after using alcohol or drugs. Studies also show that teens may be easily distracted while driving; such as tuning radios and the ever present "cell phone” in ones hand. One key reason for high traffic fatalities among this age group is that they have lower safety belt usage than adults. Because of this fact, it is imperative that efforts to increase safety belt usage among this age group be given the highest priority. In addition, the youth population has increased by more than 12 % since 1993 and is expected to increase by another 7 % by 2005. Some statistics to consider are: In 2001, 3608 drivers 15-20 yrs old were killed in motor vehicle crashes and an additional 337,000 were injured (Traffic Safety Facts 2001 DOT HS 809 483). Many high school students fail to use their safety belts even


when riding w/adults that are buckled up. A survey conducted @ 12 high schools found that 46 % of these students were not wearing their safety belts when riding w/adult drivers. About half of the unbelted students were riding w/adults who were belted.

SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES and DOLLARS: The estimated economic cost of Police reported crashes involving drivers between 15-20 yrs old was 42.3 billion dollars! Safety belt usage saves society an est. $50 billion annually in medical

care, lost productivity and other injury-related costs. It is clear to say that the Use of Safety Belts, as a driver or passenger, goes beyond the safety factor but can reduce the medical expenses incurred by Ins. Co., which is passed on


us in higher health care & Ins. costs.


Safety Belts should be worn, even when riding in vehicles with air bags. Air bags are designed to work in conjunction with seat belts. When properly used the risk of fatal injury is reduced by 45% while in the front seat.

So, where do you fit in this picture You have them, so, use them!


A Safety Belt user or, a future statistic!!



Membership 109 (73 Cadets)

Admin / Personnel Matters by 1Lt. Brumlow

Squadron strength dropped to 109 in late October, with 73 cadet members and 36 seniors.

We welcome the following new cadets whose membership cards were issued this month: C/Basics Chris Hsu, and Shaun Taylor

New Sr. Members / Promotions: Adrian Heath received his membership card this month.


presentation ceremony was held this month, with several Cadets receiving










Education Awards


Just a friendly reminder of membership renewals - you may renew on line

Oscar Douglas will expire in 11-30-2003


Ryan Dupuy Ercell Frederick Kenneth Greenmyer Jordan Koster Anthony Pellecchia Michael Pituch Douglas Walker Richard Weber









October Birthday’s:


Franziska Schmeiss, Samuel Walsh, Clyde Domengeaux & Michael Edwards – Happy Birthday!!!



Questions &


Woodville FTX Schedule

Professional Development by Lt. Col. Bill Williams

More good news with our training! Five more seniors completed the AESPM test to be eligible for the Chuck Yeager Aerospace Education Award. Congratulations to: Capt Paul Brown, Capt Jeremy Hooper, SM Astrid Phillips, 2Lt Roland Illerhaus, and Capt Clyde Domengeaux

We have had several senior applications for membership. As soon as the papers have been processed, arrangements will be made for a Level I Orientation Course.

Cadets are missing out on a great opportunity to compete for the nice prizes to be given away for recruiting. All three of the prizes are valuable and some one will walk away with them. So far I do not have any names of Cadets who have sponsored a new member. The new member may be a Senior, Cadet, Cadet Sponsor, or Aerospace Member. Just make sure that your name and CAP ID appear on the application.

Most members have at least one Specialty Track they are working on. I have a master list of this information correct through October 24, 2003 from the Nat’l Headquarters. Please check with me if you want to know what’s required for your rating or if you want to add another Specialty.

For more information on Senior Professional Development, contact Lt. Col. Bill Williams Tuesday evenings or e- mail at

Seniors & Parent Power

Comments & Questions

Seniors & Parent Power Comments & Questions Friday: 1730: 1800: 2000: 2100: 2130: 2200: What is








What is the schedule for the Woodville FTX coming up? The schedule is attached

November FTX Schedule 14-16, Oct.

In-processing at the Army Reserve Center Depart for Woodville Arrive at Woodville/setup camp Briefing Free time Lights out/staff meeting

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Staff awakes Cadets awake PT Change into BDU’s Opening Breakfast Campsite Maintenance Class 101 class, Part I Compass class/orienteering exercise Lunch 101 class, Part II Shelter building class Basic extrication Dinner Closing NOLE Lights out




















Staff awakes Cadets awake PT Change into BDU’s Opening Breakfast Missing Person Search Break camp/snack Depart Lunch Arrive at the Army Reserve Center












Any parent having questions, concerns or suggestions should feel free to email

the Squadron






at . Capt. Dicker can also be reached on his cell phone at 713-504-7154 for immediate needs.


Calendar We have placed the Calendar on the squadron website,


with the expectation of keeping it more current and saving space in the newsletter. Go to