Nighthawk News

Nighthawk to host Airborne Photographer class

Nighthawk Composite Squadron will be hosting an Airborne Photographer class at US Aviation on 16-17 July 2016.  The classroom portion of the course will go over use of the camera and GPS, how to download data from the camera, and general techniques for taking photographs from the backseat of a moving aircraft.  The rest of the weekend will be spent working on the tasks and exercise participation required.  At the end of the weekend, you should have (or at least be well on your way toward) your AP qualification on your 101 card. Bill Mellett who has taught AP at LESA multiple times will be the instructor for this training. Sign up is now...

more info

Nighthawk Represents Group VI in Search and Rescue Competition

Denton, Texas, Feb. 20, 2016 — Three senior members from the Nighthawk Composite Squadron were chosen to represent Group VI in a Search and Rescue Competition hosted by the Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol in Austin, Texas. The air crew from Nighthawk consists of the mission pilot Capt. Paul Pease, the mission observer 1st Lt. Michael O’Brien and Capt. Mark Hammack, who will be dual-hatting as the airborne photographer and mission scanner. During the competition, air crews are evaluated on their ability to plan and execute missions, radio communication protocol, equipment inspections, and written examinations. Judges for the competition are made up of experienced mission-qualified pilots and aircrew. For further information on...

more info

Nighthawk Launches Model Rocketry Program

Denton, Texas, Feb. 19, 2016 — The Nighthawk Composite Squadron begins the Civil Air Patrol’s Model Rocketry program on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. The program consists of three stages: Redstone, Titan, and Saturn. The Redstone Stage will be completed in two sessions on Monday, Feb. 22 (at our regularly scheduled meeting) and an all day event on Saturday, Feb. 27. This stage covers the history and pioneers behind rocketry and culminates with the launching of two non-solid fuel rockets. In the Titan Stage, cadets learn about the physical laws of motion and aerodynamics and then build and launch a commercial, single-stage, solid-fuel model rocket. The Saturn Stage instructs cadets on how to track the altitude...

more info

Upcoming Nighthawk Orientation Flights

Denton, Texas, Feb. 19, 2016 — As many of you already are aware, the Nighthawk Composite Squadron will be conducting orientation flights the weekend of Feb. 27-28, 2016. O-flights are an integral and unique part of the CAP cadet experience and we are working hard to get everyone flying. Every cadet under age 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft, five flights in a glider aircraft, and an unlimited number of backseat flights when conditions allow. For more information on o-flights, a “Fact Sheet for Parents” is available at: http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/OFlight_Fact_Sheet_for_Parents_BCB31A5D62382.pdf For those cadets interested in flying, but who have yet to sign up, please contact Maj. Gregg Tooley at...

more info