Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Finding Missing Aircraft for Relaxation

Caring for GL wears on me over time. I relax by looking for missing airplanes. I'm a member of the Civil Air Patrol. One of our emergency services missions is locating missing aircraft. We were called on a mission Monday evening. We'll also be working the EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh this weekend.

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Blogger Bob Wingate said...

Way to go...I had no idea!

If you would care to elaborate on how you go about finding the missing aircraft, I for one would be interested in reading it.

That EAA Fly-In sounds like fun. My son-in-law has been there, and maybe one of these years I'll get up there.

We're recently back from a family vacation out west. We drove to California, visited my eldest daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. I also got to briefly see White Knight 2 on a test flight.

July 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Papa Bear said...

It depends on the situation. Monday night, we used directional antennas to locate an ELT. Someone had apparently forgotten to turn it off after landing. When left on, they are like a super-sensitive car alarm—a slight bump or jolt, or even a gust of wind if it's tied down outside can set it off. This turned out not to be an emergency, but since it had landed at an uncontrolled airport (a grass strip and an old barn, actually) we had no way of knowing that until we drove around and located the site, and then determined which plane it was.

I'm new at all this, still just learning the basics. I discovered CAP when I was looking for an activity for BB. It turned out to be so interesting, I joined, even though he won't be able to join until he's 12.

July 30, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

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