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Good Times at the Olympic Air Show

posted Jun 19, 2012, 1:41 PM by Scott Dean   [ updated Jun 25, 2012, 11:59 AM ]
Cadets provide security for an F/A-18.
The South Sound Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, based in Olympia, WA, had a great experience at the Olympic Air Show this year.  Jorgensen Air Service donated camping space for 38 cadets and a dozen senior members from around the Puget Sound and as far away as Medford, Oregon.  Arriving members were treated Friday night to hot pizza courtesy of Pizza Time, and hot meals and snacks were prepared on site thanks to the mobile DFAC (dining facility) based at neighboring Peninsula Composite Squadron out of Bremerton.


The Olympic Air Show provides the rare opportunity to serve all three missions of the Civil Air Patrol: Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs.  In addition to the displays and performances of the Air Show, CAP pilots used the aircraft to provide real-world correlations with the cadets’ training texts and flew over a dozen orientation flights where cadets up to age 18 get to fly free and learn about various aspects of flying.  The Olympic Air Show also allows CAP members to get training in guiding aircraft and as radio operators or staff assistants that are needed to support the Search & Rescue and Disaster Relief activities CAP is called to perform.  Nearly 90% of all inland search and rescue missions in the U.S. are flown by the Civil Air Patrol.


Among the most important benefits of the air show is providing leadership opportunities for our cadets, developing confidence and interpersonal skills they will use throughout their lives.  Cadets provided the Olympic Air Museum, who hosted the air show, with additional security, helping to maintain the crow lines and prevent people from entering dangerous areas.  FAA officials praised CAP cadets for stopping inspectors and requesting their credentials each time they attempted to cross the crowd lines.  The donations received when providing parking support constitutes a large portion of the local squadron’s income and are primarily used to pay for training opportunities for cadets and senior members that may lack financial resources