Pilots flying time places Wisconsin second in the Great Lakes Region
Wisconsin – As of July 18 Wisconsin Wing is second in the Great Lake Region and tenth in the nation for total aircraft hours flown. This does not count for hours put on the planes during the National Emergency Service Academy (NESA).
It takes an amazing group of hardworking volunteers to make this happen: Commanders, aircraft maintenance team (both unit and wing), operations and emergency services staff. Throw in a hardworking chief of staff and his trusty assistant, along with a dedicated group of members; all contribute to this success. Wisconsin Wing is a “Wing of Excellence” and their pilots are a true testament.
Currently there are 99 pilots in Wisconsin. Of those, there are several outstanding pilots that have volunteered over 50 hours of flight time between October 1, 2011 and July 18, 2012.
We all know that it isn’t just the flight time. There is the drive to the hangar, getting the flight release, weather, pulling the aircraft out of the hangar, pre flight and a few other little items like – paperwork! All of this has been accomplished with a high degree of safety and training aircrew members.
Please join Wisconsin Wing in congratulating these pilots for volunteering their time. One of whom has over 100 hours!
1st Lt. Keith Mathews (Rib Mountain commander) 100.70 hours
2nd Lt. Thomas Paine (Eau Claire – is a contender for the number 1 spot) 94.90 hours
Capt. David Berget (La Crosse – has been teaching cadets to fly) 83.30 hours
1st Lt. Kristopher Harvey (Racine – Top Gun) 79.20 hours
Lt. Col. Dean Dolence (Waukesha – Ace Pilot and champion o fight go to guy) 78.70 hours
Lt. Col. Robert Ward (Madison – you know Bob if you have anything to do with flying in Wis.) 59.10 hours
Capt. Dean Tabor (Eau Claire – o flight and electronic locator transmitter expert) has 57.00 hours
1st Lt. Chris Thetreau (Green Bay – keeps the aircraft in the sky and any one he can convince to fly) 56.30 hours
Col. Clarence Peters (Green County – he has another full time volunteer position as Wisconsin Wing commander) 53.50 hours
1st Lt. Rodney Stepp (Eagle River) 51.20 hours
A huge round of applause for our outstanding pilots and the entire group of dedicated members supporting Wisconsin Wing!