The EAA Hawk Road Flyers is hosting a presentation on the Civil Air Patrol Tuesday August 15th from 6:30-8:00 at the Northwest Missouri Regional Airport just west of Maryville. Colonel David Plum, Chief of Staff of the North Central Region of the Civil Air Patrol will be speaking on the history, purpose and activities of the Civil Air Patrol.
Background Facts and Figures:
The Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force, was founded in 1942 (so this is their 75th anniversary). They provide
- cadet programs (attracting 24,000 members ages 12-20), providing education in leadership, aerospace, fitness and character development
- emergency services, conducting most of the search-and-rescue that takes place in the US, and offering support services for the US Air Force
- aerospace education, developing and distributing materials for 200,000 K-12 students relating to aviation and other STEM disciplines
CAP members save an average of 80 lives per year. They have 1,437 squadrons, 560 single engine piston aircraft, 56,000 volunteer members, flew over 104,500 hours last year, and contributed nearly $167,000,000 in crew hours last year, providing disaster relief and emergency service.
- appointed Chief of Staff North Central Region in May 2016 after serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff Operation since March 2015.
- served as Nebraska Wing Commander, North Central Region Director of Safety, and North Central Region Director of Standards and Evaluations before joining the NCR Command Team. In his professional life, he is an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector.
- joined Civil Air Patrol in 2002 as a founding member of the Pony Express Composite squadron in St. Joseph, MO.
- holds master ratings in Command, Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, Standards and Evaluations, and Health Service Officer. He holds senior ratings in Safety and Operations.
- is active in emergency services and qualified as a Incident Commander, Mission Pilot, Mission Safety Officer, Mission Scanner, Archer Operator, Archer Track Operator and Air Operations Branch Director.