Squadron’s First Mission Pilot

Squadron’s First Mission Pilot

14 Nov 2013

Sugar Valley’s first mission pilot passed his “Form 91” checkride recently and was certified today by North Carolina Wing emergency services staff. Maj Matthew Phillips, the squadron’s deputy commander for seniors, flew his checkride with Maj Richard Shoffner of the Winston-Salem Composite Squadron.

Mission Pilots fly CAP aircraft during search-and-rescue, disaster relief, and airborne photography missions. The training process requires pilots to demonstrate proficiency at mission planning and execution, including multiple search patterns, managing air traffic and mission communications, and directing the mission observer and mission scanner (passenger- and rear-seat aircrew members).

Maj Richard Shoffner and Maj Matthew Phillips (Picture by Maj James Shepard; used by permission)

Maj Richard Shoffner and Maj Matthew Phillips (Picture by Maj James Shepard; used by permission)

Maj Phillips’s Form 91 checkride was flown in one of CAP’s 182T G1000 aircraft; the crew used search patterns stored in the aircraft’s “glass” cockpit system and on iPads with FAA and CAP charts loaded. Phillips has been a CAP aircrew member since July 2011 and a CAP pilot since August 2011. He has flown search-and-rescue missions around the North Carolina Piedmont and disaster relief flights over the coastal plains and Outer Banks.

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