File #1266: "CAP News Bulletin No. 5 27 February 1942.pdf"

CAP News Bulletin No. 5 27 February 1942.pdf

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No. 5
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 27, 1942
Wing and Group Commanders; Week by week, members of the national staff of the Civil Air Patrol have been
participating in conferences leading to decisions which will be very good news to units out through the country.
Here is one important development which can now be announced:
LIABILITY INSURANCE - Anticipating a high CAP safety record, a blanket insurance policy at a rate
unprecedentedly low will be available soon to protect CAP members against liabilities arising from airplane
accidents on Patrol missions or on CAP training duty.
Although it is confidently expected that the highest safety standards will be maintained by all CAP units, it is felt that
them member will want to be protected against those few accidents which, by the law of averages, are to be
reckoned with in so large an organization
While the Government cannot be sued, the Army, Navy, Civilian Pilot Training Program, and other agencies require
liability and property damage insurance in connection with certain flying activities. Otherwise, claims would be long
in settlement under slow public procedures and a single accident might involve several members in expensive
litigation. The organization has a moral obligation to carry adequate protection.
The new policy to be written jointly by the several underwriters in the aviation insurance business will cover public
liability up to $50,000 per person injured, or $100,000 for one accident. Liability to passengers will be covered within
the same limits, plus property damage up to $50,000.
Since the underwriters are scaling down costs to a minimum to cooperate with
the Patrol as a defense activity, all this protection will be available at rates substantiallyless than the average
automobile owner pays on his car for much lower limits of coverage.
A blanket policy is to be written for the whole CAP, the individual
pilot, on payment of his premium will merely receive a small identification card which he can carry with his pilot
license: and CAP credentials. The new
policy gives liability protection not only to the pilot of a plane which is in an accident, but to the plane owner and any
CAP officers and members who might have contingent liabilities.
The general provisions of the policy have been agreed upon and it only remains to work out final details. The
insurance will be available through local insurance agents.
SAFETY RULES - Safety rules governing movement under CAP operations orders will be more restrictive than
under the Civil Air Regulations. For examples, considerably more flying time wilI be required as a qualification for
pilots to carry passengers on CAP missions. Directives will be issued.
FORMATION FLYING - Units should observe special caution in formation flying practice. The National
Headquarters has issued no instructions as yet on this subject. Units which are learning to fly in formation as some
are already, are doing so entirely on their own responsibility. Wide intervals of, say, 500 ft. should be maintained
until training directives on formation flying are issued.


COURIER SERVICE PERFORMED - Courier Service between Newark Airport and
Mitchell Field was flown last week in cooperation with the Army under direction of
Regional Commander Gill Robb Wilson. It was necessary to ferry several bombers
from Newark to Mitchell with a limited number of pilots available. Had they made
the return trip by ground transportation, much of their time would have been
wasted. So they were tailed by a CAP plane which took them back each trip.
NON-FLYING PERSONNEL - Although CAP Headquarters wants to avoid any big influx
of applications from non-flying personnel until the job of clearing the pilots is further along
it is getting time for a good many Squadrons to begin building up their complement of
auxiliary workers. Rather than become over-staffed with people of oddly assorted
qualifications, Squadrons should try to handpick good people for work that will be
This is a job for the Personnel Officer assisted by a special committee if necessary. When
yon find someone you want with your outfit, get the Squadron Leader to OK and initial
his: blank in the upper left Corner. Then we will try to expedite clearance in Washington.
You'll be needing mechanics--good chance for garage workers to learn about planes.
Radio men and photographers are needed; also, men and women with autos to carry
CAP members, stenographers for Secretarial duty; and volunteer airport guards.
VOLUNTEER OFFICES- Your local Civilian Defense Volunteer Office can help with recruitment.
Wing and Group Commanders shortly will receive a pamphlet with covering memo explaining
this service. The Volunteer Offices are being advised as the general needs of CAP.
These units keep detailed files of those who have volunteered for defense
work in your area. They will not try to recruit CAP personnel until called upon to do so by CAP
officers locally, but are ready as soon as you need their services. They can send you their
registrants for interview.

WELCOME VISITING OFFICERS -. Whenever an officer of the Army, Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard, or another CAP unit comes to your airport, any CAP member,
on hand should welcome him and extend him every possible courtesy. See if he
wants a ride downtown. Ask whether he has hotel reservations. Do what you can to
help the armed services, which are senior to the CAP and also to promote solidarity
among members of the Patrol itself.
AVOID PILOT CLIQUES - Care should be taken to avoid the formation of cliques
within the CAP. Local pilots who have flown together for years naturally will form
strong friendships, with their fellow airmen. But the ranks of aviation must grow
rapidly these days and it's up to everyone to extend the helping hand to every
newcomer. If he can’t fly as well as you can, that is the more reason for sharing your
experience with him so that he may become effective the quicker for Patrol duties.
PRESS CLEARANCES - CAP Intelligence Officers must insist on being consulted as
to news stories and pictures concerning their units. CAP material must be properly
cleared just as Army and Navy information is cleared by designated officers. In
friendly contacts with editors and publishers, this should be fully explained.