The annual Civil Air Patrol Legislative Day took place on March 2, 2017, in Washington, DC. Legislative Day brings CAP members from throughout the country to meet with their representatives and senators to discuss matters that are important to CAP.
This year, the focus was on a need for increased funding to support the implementation of ADS-B, a relatively new technology that allows pilots and air traffic controllers to more accurately determine their position using satellites rather than radar. This allows better tracking by air traffic control and better situational awareness for pilots.
The Federal Aviation Administration has mandated the implementation of ADS-B by 2020. With the CAP fleet of 560 airplanes, it is critical to plan ahead and begin the transition to the new equipment as soon as funding becomes available. The estimated cost is $2.9 million.
Members of the Arizona Congressional delegation were briefed on CAP’s emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet programs efforts, with AZ Wing cadets describing their personal experiences in the cadet program. The representatives and senators also were invited to join the CAP Congressional Squadron.
The Arizona Wing representatives included: Col. Martha Morris, Wing Commander; Lt. Col. Rob Pinckard, Chief of Staff; Lt. Col. James Nova, Government Relations Advisor; Capt. Gordon Helm, Deputy Commander for Seniors, Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302; Capt. Margot Myers, Wing Public Affairs Officer; C/Lt. Col. Morgan Brewington, Cochise Composite Squadron 107; C/Capt. Mackenzie Mollohan, Mohave Valley Composite Squadron 201; and C/Capt. Andrew Varnes, East Tucson Cadet Squadron 229.