In this update, we share lessons learned in operations administration, remind what we should be doing, and list upcoming training opportunities in the amazing world of AZWG OPS…
Same Day / Different Missions. While this doesn’t happen often, when it does, accounting requires the proper mission gets “billed” for the proper sortie. For example, a pilot flies a sortie under one mission, then flies another sortie under a different mission, that pilot may not simply charge all the fuel to the second sortie; that pilot must refuel between the two sorties so there is a receipt for the first mission’s sortie and another receipt for the second mission’s sortie, each receipt reflecting the fuel expense for the respective mission sortie. Again, this does not happen often. “Round-tripping” fuel is still allowable when all sorties are flown under the same mission number. But, if your day’s worth of activities involve more than one mission number, be sure to refuel while “switching hats.” Each mission number has its own “bucket of money” – ensure you are expensing the correct bucket.
Standard Fuel Loads. When you are done with the vehicle or aircraft you’ve been using, that machine should be secured, ready to go for the next activity. This includes parking with the proper fuel onboard. “Standard” fuel for our vehicles/aircraft:
- Ground vehicles: full tank of fuel
- Cessna 182’s: 54 gallons onboard
- Cessna 206’s: 64 gallons onboard
Fuel Slips. For accounting purposes, fuel slips must contain certain information for Air Force reimbursement purposes. Before uploading fuel receipts in WMIRS, please ensure the following information is on the legible fuel slip:
- Vendor information (name, address, phone number)
- Date of sale (refueling must occur on the same date of sortie, and reflected on receipt)
- Registration (N-number for aircraft, vehicle CAPID for ground vehicles)
- Mission Number
- Sortie Number
- Pilot or Driver name
A-12 Flights. Frequently asked question of the week: “I can’t find the A-12 mission for November – when will it be available?” Several pilots have asked this question, and several more are equally curious but just haven’t asked yet. The answer: the A-12 mission is somewhat unique in that it has been designated by NHQ as “Annual Pilot Proficiency” with an end date of 30 SEP 16. So, there is no A-12 for November. But, there is an A-12 for FY16! Eligible pilots must read and adhere to the preamble for the proficiency profile they will fly. This preamble provides the intent, guidelines and restrictions of each profile. Not all preambles are the same – read the one for your profile. Also, try different profiles (within the constraints of the preamble). Don’t be the guy who only does profile 10 every month!
21 November OPEX. This month’s OPEX incorporates wing-wide scenarios, designed to provide real-world training for our wing. Everybody is highly encouraged to participate. However, make sure your SQTR is ready! Are your Prerequisites properly documented? Do you have commander approval? Is your Familiarization & Preparation training complete? Do you have commander approval? Now is the time to get ready as well as appease the OpsQuals electrons – not the day before (or morning of) the OPEX! If your documentation is not in order, you will not be able to participate!
- • ForeFlight Workshop - 7 Nov at the DVT - TransPac Facility - 0900-1500
- o A new training offering given the wide use of the ForeFlight app by our crew members. Will focus on app features with high value for CAP ops. Also, Gene Caisse will present his CAP search pattern techniques. Also, will discuss some WMIRS 2.0 pre andflight functions and some basic Ops Quals procedures - SQTR.
- • G1000 IFR - 14-15 Nov at the Deer Valley Sq302 Facility - Sat. - 0830-1700; Sun. 0830-1300
- o Official CAP class required to be checked out to fly IFR in CAP G1000 aircraft. Will cover entering, storing, retrieving and editing flight plans; loading and activating instrument procedures and holding patterns. Required for IFR pilots but a good MFD training session for all pilots and MO's. All are welcome.
- • Aerial Photographer - Preparation & Familiarization - 5-6 Dec at the Deer Valley - Sq 302 Facility - Sat. 0830-1700; Sun. 0830-1700
- o AP Prep & Fam for all wishing to earn the CAP AP certification.
- o Prerequisites: New students will need to have completed GES; Ground Handling Video; and have an endorsement from their Squadron CC on their AP SQTR.
- • Urban Direction Finding (UDF) - 30 Jan 16 - TBD - Dallas Lane is the POC for this class.
- o Basic ground class on finding and shutting off ELT beacons on the ground. How to use the ELT DF equipment and the proceduressilencing them.
Fun Facts. In October 2015, AZWG conducted 15 ground sorties and flew 242 hours on 189 air sorties in support of 13 missions. Among these missions, two were successful ELT searches and one involved our Teacher Orientation Flight Program.