Civil Air Patrol hosts mountain flying clinic |

Civil Air Patrol hosts mountain flying clinic

Capt. George Gadd and 1st Lt. Richard Palm at the training put on by the Civil Air Patrol in Auburn.
Submitted photo |

Civil Air Patrol Squadron 92 in Auburn hosted a mountain flying clinic on Aug. 16-17, to provide an opportunity for CAP mission pilots who are unfamiliar with flying in the high Sierra mountains a chance to learn the techniques used during a search.

Mountain flying is different than flying in the valley areas due to all of the conditions present such as mountain ranges, valleys and ridges, changes in air density and thunderstorms. Seasoned pilots were present to work with those in training to teach them the proper techniques under these different conditions presented by mountain ranges.

The two-day training mission was hosted at the Auburn airport by Squadron 92. A total of seven CAP aircraft were present, with five aircraft being used for training.

The morning conditions were perfect for flying with little haze on day one and the thunderstorm activity did not start until after all training missions were completed. Day two presented a little more haze from fires around the area and training concluded early afternoon, just before the thunder heads started building over the Sierra.

In addition to training pilots, the training mission provided an opportunity for the mission base staff to train in such areas as communications and operations.

Brandy Ahearn is the public information officer for the squadron.

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