Yoder, Kansas’ Sunflower Glider Port hosted Civil Air Patrol’s North Central Region Glider Flight Academy starting the second week of June. The teaching staff’s six certified flight instructors for gliders (CFIGs), three tow pilots, and five senior cadre utilized 6 gliders and 3 airplanes to teach 18 cadets fundamental principles of flight. Cadets trained over the course of 10 days in 100+ degree heat. Academy students developed mental attitudes favoring safety, situational awareness, anticipation, and planning for the unexpected by participating in structured ground school and hands-on flight training.
On Saturday, May 8th, the North Hennepin Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol located Northwest of St Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota Metro area, hosted a merit badge day for Scouts BSA. Nearly 60 Scouts traveled as far as two hours to attend, including three Scouts who flew into Crystal Airport from Somerset, Wisconsin. They divided into groups to complete the Aviation and Search and Rescue merit badges. Both of these merit badges are highly technical and challenging. Scouts did an amazing job working diligently, and safely while working with members of the Civil Air Patrol.
Fourteen members of the Minnesota Wing’s Southeast Composite Squadron helped ensure orderly administration of 7,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on five Sundays starting March 7.
The mission began after Rochester’s emergency operations director, Ken Jones, reached out to the Minnesota Wing chief of staff, Maj. Othelmo da Silva, who works in the city and who formerly commanded the Southeast squadron. He passed the request on to his unit command successor, Capt. Tony Knauer.
Forty Minnesota Wing cadets and senior members experienced a vivid lesson in aeronautics as they flew through the clear, cold, blue skies above their hometowns aboard two UH-60 Black Hawks flown from Brandt Airport in Delano.Their hosts were the Minnesota Army National Guard’s 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, based in St. Paul, and the wing’s Delano-based Skyhawk Composite Squadron.The Civil Air Patrol passengers hailed from the Skyhawk Hutchinson, North Hennepin and Viking composite squadrons and the Fort Snelling Cadet Squadron.
Eighteen members from the Minnesota Wing devoted 184 volunteer hours over five days the week before Christmas to supporting Minnesota National Guard COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
The members assisted with packing, organizing and storing personal protective equipment (PPE) — gowns, gloves, masks and face shields —- for distribution to health care workers in prisons and medical facilities throughout the state.