vehicle with a hydraulic front-end lift.
It helps elevate and move float planes
in and out of a pond used for seaplane
operations. The unique vehicle allows
the squadron to keep planes in service
and to act quickly in emergency
Many planes in nationwide
fleet are camera-equipped and
capable. large number of
172s and 182s are equipped to
perform as an aerial relay platform
and to serve as the eyes and ears of an
incident commander during search
and rescue and other emergency service Schneider said.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Two of Cessna 182s and a
206 have been retrofitted with the
same camera pod and controls used
on unmanned aerial vehicles, or
UAVs. These UAVs are deployed to
hotspots around the world.
though ground troops are
not as heavily deployed in some areas
of the world, UAVs have still been in
high demand and thus are not back in
the U.S. to support said
Chuck Mullin, one of several National
Headquarters staff members who
oversee Surrogate Unmanned
Aerial Systems program. Air
Force keeps funding us and telling us,
guys keep doing
These three Cessnas are used to
prepare Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) to direct UAVs in combat during wartime. CAP provides the
crew: a pilot; a mission coordinator
who maintains the voice link with
apprentice JTACs; and a systems
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operator who manipulates the camera
pod. On the ground, trainees analyze
downlinked imagery, including color
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the JTACs see is exactly
what they would see if they were actually using a Mullin said.
Schneider said CAP flew 97,716
hours last year and this year is on
track for 106,000 hours.
evolution of fleet over
75 years has been amazing, and one
can only imagine what the future holds
but one thing is sure, CAP will
continue to play a crucial role in missions supporting homeland defense
and in serving the needs of communities across the he said.