March 25, 2010
AOPA ePublishing staff
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) wings are lending a helping hand in the air and on the ground in North and South Dakota and Minnesota. CAP members have helped fill more than 1 million sand bags and have flown aerial survey missions. According to a press release from the CAP, 75 members of the North Dakota and Minnesota wings spent more than 750 hours providing support last week.
In order to be ready for a support mission at a moment’s notice, many wings started preparing in advance.
“We’ve been checking and packing our gear and finalizing our call-down lists for the past week in anticipation of getting the call,” said 1st Lt. Steven Parker, the St. Cloud Composite Squadron’s emergency services officer. Parker, a former CAP cadet, and a group of cadets and officer left St. Cloud Regional Airport to provide support in Fargo and Moorhead, N.D., on March 16.
That same week, several wings flew along creeks and rivers that feed into the Missouri, James, Big Sioux, and Yankton, and Vermillion rivers, taking photographs to provide documentation of the flooding.
Fly along with the US Coast Guard's Advanced Helicopter Rescue Training program. That's where best pilots, mechanics and rescue swimmers train to save lives.