NORMAN — Norman’s “Golden Eagles” Civil Air Patrol squadron hosted a field training exercise the weekend of March 2 and 3 at their squadron headquarters located on the grounds of Westheimer Airport.
Members of the “Golden Eagles” as well as members of other metro area squadrons attended the two-day event to learn and improve on existing skills used in search and rescue operations. Two Cessna light aircraft were used for air crew training while ground team members brushed up on their radio direction-finding skills, search line operations as well as their compass and map reading skills.
On hand to observe the training was Oklahoma House Representative and Civil Air Patrol Legislative member Scott Martin, who got to experience air operations first-hand as he rode in the observer’s seat of a Cessna 172 during a flight to locate a practice distress beacon in southern Cleveland county.
In all, 14 cadets and seven adult members qualified as new ground team members or ground team leaders while an additional two cadets and one adult qualified as urban direction-finding team members, who use radio signal detection equipment to locate distress beacons in cities or other built-up areas.
On the air operations side, nine adults qualified as aerial scanners or observers, whose duties involve navigation, distress signal detection, and aerial photography.
As a bonus to the training, everyone who attended was afforded the opportunity to train and re-qualify with fire suppression equipment provided by Norman’s Emergency Management Department.