Civil Air Patrol

Wisconsin Squadron supports Illinois Search and Rescue Evaluation

Racine – St. Patrick’s Day weekend wasn’t about the luck of the Irish for some of Civil Air Patrol’s Racine Composite Squadron members.  What it was about was the love of doing what one loves most – flying!

Captain John Cook, 1st Lieutenant Peter Bianco, 2nd Lieutenant Justin Irwin and Senior Member Jeff Van Oss, supported Illinois’ Search and Rescue (SAR) Evaluation.  Their tasking for the evaluation was to search for missing aircraft.  They were also assigned to perform ramp checks at several Southeast Wisconsin airports and flew a search pattern from East Troy to the Illinois border.

SAR evaluations are conducted on a bi-annual basis. The evaluation team consisting of Air Force personnel and region evaluators observe and score all aspects of an operation with special emphasis on safety, mission effectiveness and operational process.

Racine’s love of flying extended to cadets receiving orientation flights on Sunday with 1st Lieutenant Kristopher Harvey.  Civil Air Patrol cadets receive five free flights in which they are able to fly in CAP’s planes.  Not only do they have the opportunity to learn about fundamentals of flight, but they also fly the plane under the watchful eye of the pilot.

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