File #1265: "CAP News Bulletin No. 4 20 February 1942.pdf"

CAP News Bulletin No. 4 20 February 1942.pdf

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NO. 4 Feb. 20,

Wing and Group Commanders: Requests for this weekly news bulletin, we regret, have exceeded the
limit of our mechanical facilities. At the present stage it is possible only to send ten copies to each of
the Wing and Group Commanders. We hope this will take care of the more urgent needs of Wing
Staffs and that the Group Commanders will send a copy to each of their Squadrons. With the small
headquarters staff now available, CAP cannot send larger quantities to any one command nor can
Individuals be added to the mailing list.
wartime regulations which went into effect on February 15 are an incentive to CAP organization.
Unscheduled flight operations are restricted to designated landing areas under strict rules as toclearance and the filing of flight plans. A 24-hour watch must be maintained at designated, airports by
guards deputized by local police authorities to make arrests.
These rules may work some hardships,. especially at the start. Private pilots will have to prove that
they can keep out of the hair of the Aircraft Warning System and the Interceptor Commands by
compliance. Later on, if all goes well, it may be easier.
But, the rules are flexible enough so that it should be possible to take care of local situations
where the pilots and other CAP members are willing to share the task of guard and clearance duty.
See your local CAA inspector.
He is empowered to make temporary designations of landing areas ( some. 1,600 have been
approved to date) and to work out the type of plan that will best meet the conditions at your airport.
Don’t write the Washington CAA offices.
The impression is that a whole corps of guards is required at an average field but in most cases one
will suffice. ”At least one person with police power sufficient to arrest or detain any person shall be on
duty throughout the entire 24 hours." Where planes are staked out, there must be a guard for each
area 300 yards long and 3 airplanes deep.
Where the planes are in a locked hangar, a deputized volunteer will suffice through the hours when
the airport is nor operating, if the hangar.
is equipped with a siren or other means of giving the alarm and summoning aid.
A CAP Flight can arrange to set up a bunk in the hangar and its members can take turns on the night
Since there has been a delay in issuing FBI, approved identification cards to certificated pilots, CAA
has ruled that Civil Air Patrol identifications will be acceptable as proof of citizenship for~ volunteers
for guard duty.
The duties of management personnel can be combined in a minimum number of individuals. Rules
allow one man to hold more than one emergency post.
Thus the CAP units can be a strong force in keeping airports open throughout the country. Walker W.
Winslow, Indiana Wing Commander, has issued the following memorandum in his area:
“The new regulations for designated airports give us the greater opportunity to demonstrate our
versatility and carry on. Now, as never before it is important that our full strength be mobilized. We
may be called upon to man many airfields to keep them open for air commerce. Push enlistments to
the utmost and seek volunteers for this and other services.”


-2PLANE PRIORITIES FOR CAP--The War Production Board order limiting the sale of light aircraft
under 500 horsepower sets no limits on planes: for CAP.
Here is part of the official text:
“The Army and Navy will require large numbers of light aircraft in the immediate future and
additional quantities will be needed for the Civil Air Patrol, the Civilian Pilot Training Program, and
various State Guard units.
There will be no limitation on the sale of light aircraft to these agencies.” A member of CAP can
buy a plane, if he signs a statement that it is purchased solely for CAP activity, with the agreement
that the buyer will retain it until not less than 500 hours of use on CAP work is certified in its log
book. Companion orders are expected shortly; on maintenance parts and airplane tires so that
CAP members will be assured of being able to keep their ships in good condition.
RECRUITING SUGGESTION---Certain misconceptions as to the obligations incurred by joining
the Civil Air Patrol doubtless have deterred some eligibles from signing up. Three points should be
made plain-CAP work is all voluntary. The Patrol needs members who will pull their weight in the program.
wBut none may be compelled to put in more time than the individual wants to give of his or her
own volition.
Similarly, fears on the part of plane owners that they may have to lend their planes to other
members are unfounded. If anyone lends a plane, it will be on his own. Naturally CAP officers do
not wish to be responsible, for possible damage to borrowed planes and will refrain from the
slightest suggestion that an owner should make his ship available to other members of his unit.
CAP NOT A FLYING REQUISITE—Another false belief is that private pilots are barred from flying
unless the are CAP members. Each Wing Commander should seek to correct this impression.
AIR MARKERS—As previously noted the Army has ordered all air markers within 150 miles of the
East and West Coasts screened or obliterated so
that an observer from the air cannot tell that a marker was ever there. Screening
is preferable so that the markers can be restored after ehe war. The order applies to Florida but
not to the Gulf States. In the interior, present markers can stay but no new ones should be
CAP units can cooperate with CAA by making flight checks to see that all markers are fully
screened in the coastal regions. Elsewhere they can make surveys as to the location of existing
markers with notes as to how they might best be screened in an emergency. The Arkansas Wing
has been making such a survey, it is reported by Wing Commander Gilbert Leigh.
COUNT THE STEEPLES—Early flight exercises may well include the training of observers to spot
specific features of the landscape. One,way to check their accuracy is to fly over a strip of, say, 50
miles and have them count the church steeples. The number can be ascertained in advance by
use of a large scale maps. An observers is likely to miss a good many on first trials and improve
his score rapidly on further flights.