CAP Senior Member Trey Stroup of Pierre Composite Squadron has passed his Commercial Pilot checkride. The accomplishment took place on December 27. Stroup completed his Instrument Rating in October and his private pilot’s rating this past February, on his way to his dream of being a commercial airline pilot.
Members from Lincoln County Composite Squadron Composite Squadron and Sioux Falls Composite Squadron worked together recently for an airplane wash (with help from some wing staff members and parents).
The beginning of winter is a great time to clean the summer and fall grime off CAP airplanes, and make it a fun activity.
South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol, aircrews flew four training sorties with F-16 jets of the 175th Fighter Squadron, South Dakota Air National Guard on October 18 and 21. CAP’s Cessnas simulated unauthorized aircraft flying in restricted air space.
Maj. E.W. Filler, of Big Sioux Composite Squadron, spent two weeks at Nellis AFB in Nevada this month, helping active-duty Air Force personnel train for use of remote-sensing drones.
South Dakota Wing has temporarily exchanged N832CP for a Kansas Wing aircraft, N524CP. Kansas Wing benefits from the exchange because N832CP, a C182T, can tow the KSWG glider. South Dakota Wing benefits because N524CP, also a 182T, has an advanced G1000 NXi system.
At least 24 cadets received orientation flights on 15 sorties during the annual South Dakota Wing Aerospace Education Day August 20 in Onida, SD. The event also included experiences with multi-engine model rocketry, small search drones, and a range of other aerospace and STEM activities.
C/CMSgt Alexander Heinrich, from Rushmore Composite Squadron, says earning his private pilot’s license in a Civil Air Patrol program is “one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”
South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will be at the Discover Aviation Day event in Sioux Falls on Thursday, August 4. The event is part of the Sioux Falls Airshow organization, and sponsored by Aerostar. The goal is to provide information and activities that provide “kids of all ages” with information about aviation, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
South Dakota Wing will soon receive a G1000 glass cockpit simulator, funded by North Central Region. The simulator, which works with standard flight simulator software, is intended for pilot training, but may also be used for Aerospace Education.
South Dakota Wing’s aircraft N97947 is in Fremont, NE, in support of the CAP’s North Central Region Powered Flight Academy June 16-30. The academy offers eligible CAP cadets flight training and the potential to solo.