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High Flying Cadets

By C/2dLt Gabriel DeLeon

Cadets Fly HighOn Friday, March 20th, 2015 six cadets from the London Bridge Composite Squadron and one from Glendale’s Composite Squadron participated in the F-16 Simulators on Luke Air Force Base. The cadets were sat in a briefing room and were familiarized with the controls, HUD view, and the various modes of the aircraft.

After the briefing and the all clear was given cadets were taken into different rooms of the simulation building and they strapped up slid into the 360 degree simulation dome and flew around with unlimited ammo trying to shoot each other down.

“The experience was really cool”, said C/SSgt. Avery Andreasen “ the hardest part for me was to get the Mig-29 off my tail.” Even the senior member that drove the cadets to the base got to participate in the simulators. All of the cadets and senior members left the simulators with a smile on their face and hope to come back again sometime in their CAP careers.



Upcoming FAA Safety Event

See below flyer for information on an Arizona Pilots Association FAA Safety Event held in Sedona on April 11, 2015.

APA Sedona April 2015


Reserve your Hotel Room for the 2015 Wing Conference

The Arizona Wing Conference is fast approaching. For those interested in reserving a room at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel, please click on the room flyer below. 60 rooms are currently reserved for Wing Conference attendees. If you would like to upgrade your room it can be done for an extra $10 per night.  The cut off will be 26 May 2015.  

Desert Diamond Wing Conference Room Flyer


Falcon Field Sqrn. 305 and the AZ AE Team Participates in the Falcon Filed Open House 2015.

By Lt Col Pete Feltz

Picture 040Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona has a great history.  It was originally established on September 1941 as a training airport to train Pilots for the second world war.  Pilots from several countries received their training here.  After the war, the city of Mesa eventually took it over.  It has two runways and pilot training FBOs so flight training still goes on.  The Arizona State Commemorative Air Force and Historical War Plans have their home base at this airport for Arizona.  A more complete history can be obtained at their web site

This is a BIG affair.  Besides the air shows, there was also a very large Classic Car Show; Historical Exhibits; Model Railroad Exhibit and much more.  The Civil Air Patrol Squadron had two location.  One was a recruiting booth and flight simulator in the War Birds hangar and very importantly, the P3070406main food court.  With a very large crowd in attendance they served up a lot of food in a good variety.  This has developed into a major fund raiser for the squadron.  Almost enough to cover squadron expenses for the whole year.  It sure looked like a lot of work and they had a long continuous line to get their food.  I was also impressed with two large railroad exhibits and the large classic car show.  A good time was had by all. The Squadron 305 Color Guard posted the colors to start the ceremony with a fly over of a B17 -  “Sentimental Journey”, CAF’s aircraft 


The AZ AE Team Joined the Family Fun at the AZ SCI-TECH Festival at West-MEC “START the SPARK”

By Lt. Col. Feltz

In conjunction with the STEM idea, this festival was to invite parents and their children to illustrate the hands on training for high school students in many areas.  As the flyer attached shows, some of these hands-on activities include:


Computer Coding, Media and Green Screen Technology, Catapults, Laser Engravers, Electronics & Robotics and more.


We were privileged to be invited to set up our booth to present how the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Aerospace Education program fits in.  We joke a lot about how the CAP is one of the best kept secrets and this is our attempt to rectify that.  As you can see we had a nice display and many of the parents and children stopped by and gave us an opportunity to educate them on the CAP programs. 

To find out more about the West-MEC school program, visit


Congressional Gold Medal Invitation to all Arizona Wing Members

To All Wing Members:


Civil Air Patrol has been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for its service during WW II.

During a ceremony on Dec.10 in Washington, DC, three CAP members from that era were awarded their medals.  Other recipients could not attend.

Next Saturday, March 14 at 1 P.M. three more individual medals will be awarded in Tucson at the Navy Operational Support Center, 3655 S. Wilmot Road, Tucson.

Congresswoman Martha McSally will be presenting the medals and numerous military and political dignitaries have been invited to attend and the media have also been notified.

Please accept this invitation to the ceremony to show how much you appreciate the efforts of our honorees and to show your support for the ongoing activities of CAP.  The Wing Commander and I would appreciate your attendance at this one-time only event.


Jim Nova, LtCol, CAP



AE Team and the Color Guard from the Deer Valley Squadron attend Aviation Day at the Arizona Capital

By Lt. Col. Pete Feltz

Aviation Day at the State CapitalAviation Day at the Capital is very important to emphasize the importance of the aviation industry to the state of Arizona.  A declaration from the Governor was read indicating this day as Aviation Day.  A large number of the Aviation industry were present setting up their displays and show their importance to the state economy.  Our cadets presented the colors to start the meeting.  Our legislators took a break from a heavy day in their sessions to assemble in the area to give their constituents an opportunity to discuss their needs in the Aviation industry.  A very good lunch was served during these sessions.  

We had a good number of visitors at our booth giving us an opportunity to advertise the Civil Air Patrol and all of our missions.  As usual many of the visitors didn’t know about the Civil Air Patrol Illustrating the importance of our being present to familiarize the public and the legislators about Civil Air Patrol and our missions.  It was a beautiful day and it appeared everyone present enjoyed the day.

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