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ICAS OPERATIONS BULLETIN No.9

ICAS OPERATIONS BULLETIN No.9

(Reprinted with permission)

Volume 9, Number 1, March 18, 2016

by Dan Hallowell

EMERGENCY EXTRACTION INFORMATION

Emergency extraction cards are to the air show industry as Twitter and Facebook are to the social media: everyone is doing it and if you’re not, you’re going to be left behind. 

Over the past three years, putting the most efficient egress information into the hands of the first responders has gone from a poorly publicized project to a widely praised professional tool that the FAA is looking to require for all air shows. There is confusion in the field as to how this tool works, so let’s all get on the same page.

Six weeks from the first day of an ICAS member air show, the ICAS database goes into the ICAS Air Show Calendar to find all performers listed for a particular air show. Our custom software combines all of the available extraction information for those performers into a single PDF file.  That file is then sent six weeks, four weeks, two weeks and one week from the show date to the email address for the person listed in the ICAS database as the air show’s primary point of contact. ICAS requests and expects that primary contact point to pass this extraction information along to the appropriate operations person for the event.

In order to insure the most accurate information, it is critical that both event organizers and performers do their part to maximize the chance for success.  Air show organizers must confirm that the list of performers on the ICAS Air Show Calendar is complete and accurate.  Leaving off one performer may result in that performer’s information being left out of your show’s packet.  Performers must make sure that they are listed on the ICAS Air Show Calendar and that their emergency extraction information is loaded onto the ICAS website.  A performer can add, edit or simply confirm their extraction information by hitting the “edit” button on their organization profile page on the ICAS website. 

Please contact Dan Hollowell at hollowell@airshows.aero with any questions.

DECIDE RIGHT NOW THAT SAFETY IS YOUR PRIORITY THIS YEAR

Although we have had a few shows so far this year, the 2016 North American air show season begins in earnest this month as the two U.S. military jet teams perform at their first shows in El Centro, Tucson, Tampa and Los Angeles County.

All indications point to an especially strong year. The U.S. military is fully engaged. Ticket prices are up. Enthusiasm is high. And our entire industry is poised to finish the process of shaking off the negative impact of sequestration in 2013 and 2014.

Whether you are an event organizer or a performer, ICAS encourages you to help make your contribution to a successful year by deciding, right now, that this is a year when you will put safety first. Before the season is fully underway, commit yourself to making the safe decision anytime and every time that you find yourself with a choice between doing something safely and doing it less safely.

If you’re an event organizer and you find yourself wrestling with low ceilings and marginal weather conditions, decide right now – weeks or even months ahead of time – which you will make the safe decision.

If you are a pilot who is fighting the flu or a nagging mechanical problem with your plane, decide today – as your season is just getting started – that you will make safety your #1 priority.

Of course, making the simple decision to be safe is not always enough to stay safe. But just as often, it is. So, while the temperature is still cold and nearly the entire 2016 season lies ahead of us, decide right now that you won’t take unnecessary chances, that you’ll identify risks and mitigate them as best you can, and that you will always opt for the safer alternative, whether you have several days or less than a second to make that decision.

OIL THE MACHINE

As the air show season begins to spool up, performers across the country are knocking off the proverbial and literal rust.  The spring thaw has many pilots curing their cabin fever with a healthy dose of 100LL.  While performers satisfy their engines with a fresh batch of oil, it is important that we all follow that lead and look to the aspects of our involvement in the air show industry that need some extra attention to return to mid-season form.

Performers:  Consider G tolerance. Some pilots have not flown in upwards of four months, but their minds are still familiar with the execution of maneuvers. This can be a dangerous combination. A pilot who hasn’t practiced in a few months will easily remember how to execute the maneuvers of the show, but the pilot’s G tolerance will be significantly lower than it was, due to the lack of conditioning. The biggest mistake you can make is to forget how physically demanding the high G environment is on your body. The solution: practice often, but start slow.

Few things grease the gears better than practice.  Practice is the WD-40 of an air show performance.  It should be applied liberally and often, especially during the conditioning phase of the season.  Remember that the ground doesn’t make a distinction between a practice and a show.  When practicing, you should be positive beyond equivocation that you can perform any and all maneuvers AT ALTITUDE prior to practicing your maneuvers at show level…even if they are maneuvers that you have been performing at low altitude for many years.

ICAS PUBLISHES PERFORMER DOCUMENTS

Last year, ICAS published a pair of documents aimed at providing a wealth of information in a variety of formats for both rookies working to begin their careers as air show performers and veterans eager to improve and better understand their craft. 

They are ideal documents for performers to review as part of the shaking-off-the-cobwebs process.

Copies of Air Show Performers Safety Manual and Voices of Experience:  Air Show Veterans on Flying Low-Level Aerobatics have been sent to all holders of Statement of Aerobatic Competency (SAC) card holders, but -- to ensure a wider distribution of this information and because non-performer members might have an interest in this material -- ICAS is making these two documents available to all ICAS members. 

They are both intended to be organic documents that are revised, expanded and improved regularly. So, if you have suggestions for improvements, please don’t hesitate to pass them along for possible inclusion in the next revision of either document.

A WORD ABOUT OPS BULL

Ops Bull is the YOUR ICAS Operations Bulletin. We use your ideas, your contributions, and your experiences to generate operations- and safety-related articles to keep safety and operations issues at top of mind awareness throughout the air show season.  Now in its ninth year of publication, Ops Bull is only as good as the ideas, contributions and experiences you are willing to share with your air show colleagues.

So, if you’ve got an idea, don’t hesitate to pass it along.

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CAF Red Tail Squadron Reaches Record Numbers with Inspirational Message of Tuskegee Airmen

CAF Red Tail Squadron Reaches Record Numbers with Inspirational Message of Tuskegee Airmen

Minneapolis, Minn. – November 30, 2015 – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, recently finished their 2015 annual tour of their RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and fully-restored P-51C Mustang WWII fighter aircraft. This year marked a record number of groups that came through the Exhibit, and brings a total of over 173,000 visitors to off-tarmac events since the Exhibit’s debut in 2011. In addition, hundreds of thousands of people learned about the Tuskegee Airmen through the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s inspirational program at air shows and community festivals.

Each year this unique outreach program brings the history of the Tuskegee Airmen to life at schools and events across the country. In 2015, the CAF Red Tail Squadron visited multiple locations in Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Colorado, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Ontario, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas and Alabama, and for the first time visited Oregon, Washington state and Massachusetts.

The mission of the CAF Red Tail Squadron is to educate audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel – so their strength of character, courage and ability to triumph over adversity may serve as a means to inspire others to RISE ABOVE obstacles in their own lives and achieve their goals. The group’s Six Guiding Principles – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win – serve as the foundation for their outreach programs and are based on the experiences and successes of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a fully functional movie theater featuring the original short film “Rise Above.” This immersive experience is housed in a climate controlled 53’ semi trailer with expandable sides and equipped with a ramp and hydraulic lift to ensure access to all, comfortably accommodating 30 visitors for each showing.

Because of its dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, the film creates the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in the P-51C Mustang – the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII. Audience members will learn what it was like for the Airmen as they worked toward their goal of becoming U.S. Army Air Corps pilots in the early 1940’s, and the obstacles they had the perseverance to overcome. At the conclusion of the film, audiences experience the excitement and thrill of flying this historic aircraft – touted the world’s greatest fighter – in formation, aerobatics and picturesque passes. View a preview at www.redtail.org/traveling-exhibit/.

“2015 was a banner year for us. We were able to reach a record number of people with the inspirational message of the Tuskegee Airmen, using the excitement of aviation to positively affect people of all ages across the county,” said CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader and P-51C Mustang pilot Bill Shepard. “This is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure. Kids and adults walk away from the CAF Red Tail Squadron experience with a greater understanding of the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, inspired to achieve their potential. Our 2016 event lineup is already filled with many new communities that will have the opportunity to experience this important and inspirational message.”

About the CAF Red Tail Squadron

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Their three-fold outreach program includes an authentic, fully restored WWII-era P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen; the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile theater featuring the original panoramic film “Rise Above”; and educational materials and programs for teachers and youth leaders. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). To learn more about the organization, it’s mission or to become a donor, visit www.redtail.org or follow the Squadron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cafredtailsquadron.

About the Commemorative Air Force

Collecting and flying warbirds for over half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the largest flying museum in the world. The CAF is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to honoring American military aviation history through flight, exhibition and remembrance. The organization feels this is best accomplished by keeping the aircraft flying. The CAF has more than 12,000 members and a fleet of over 164 airplanes assigned to 70 units across the country. These units, comprised of CAF volunteer members, restore and operate the planes, which are viewed by more than 10 million spectators annually. Visit www.commemorativeairforce.org or call (877) 767-7175 for more information.

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CAF Red Tail Squadron Releases 2015 Summer and Fall Event Schedule

CAF Red Tail Squadron Releases 2015 Summer and Fall Event Schedule

Minneapolis, Minn. – June 1, 2015 – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, today announced the summer and fall event schedule for their RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater and P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen. These innovative outreach vehicles are a unique and FREE opportunity for all ages to experience the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel.

The mission of the CAF Red Tail Squadron is to educate audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen so their strength of character, courage and ability to triumph over adversity may serve as a means to inspire others to RISE ABOVE obstacles in their own lives and achieve their goals. Each stop offers locals the opportunity to learn about one of the most remarkable and little-known groups of American history.

“The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is designed to take visitors on a journey through time, then virtually through the air with our panoramic cinema experience. And there is nothing quite like seeing our Mustang and hearing the roar of the engine in person,” said Brad Lang, CAF Red Tail Squadron leader and one of the pilots of their P-51C Mustang. “This is an unique and inspirational way for people to see first-hand the struggles and challenges faced by the Tuskegee Airmen. These fine Americans showed extraordinary courage as they fought for their right to serve our country, and it’s a part of our history that simply must be heard.”

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is using the excitement of aviation as a tool to help change lives, and these events are a platform to bring this inspirational message to audiences everywhere. The group kicked off their travel season earlier this spring with a tour through Florida and the Northeast before heading across the country to continue the summer portion of their outreach visits. The remaining 2015 event schedule includes the following locations, although event schedules are subject to change.

Mukilteo, Wash. – June 19-21

Historic Flight Foundation

(RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit only)

 

Grand Junction, Colo. – June 20

CAF Rocky Mountain Wing Open House

(P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen only)

 

Olympia, Wash. – June 27-28

Olympic Air Show

 

Tacoma, Wash. – July 3-5

Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow

 

Arlington, Wash. – July 9-11

Arlington Fly-In

 

Hillsboro, Ore. – July 17-19

Oregon International Air Show

 

Oshkosh, Wis. – July 20-26

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

(P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen only)

 

Aurora, Colo. – August 15-16

Rocky Mountain Airshow

 

Kansas City, Mo. – August 22-23

Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show

 

Brantford, Ontario – September 3

Brantford Municipal Airport Open House

(P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen only)

 

Cleveland, Ohio – September 5-7

Cleveland National Air Show

 

Toledo, Ohio – September 12-13

Toledo Express Airport Open House

 

Port Clinton, Ohio – September 19-20

Liberty Aviation Museum

 

Findlay, Ohio – September 26

Findlay Airport Open House

 

Auburn, Ala. – October 10

Auburn University Regional Airport Open House

 

Tallulah, Ala. – October 17

Tallulah Regional Airport Open House

 

New Orleans, La. – October 25-26

CAF AirPower History Tour at the National WWII Museum

 

San Antonio, Tex. – October 30-November 1

Joint Base San Antonio Air Show & Open House

 

Houston, Tex. – November 4-7

Texas Flying Legends Open House

 

Visit the group’s calendar at redtail.org/calendar for event details and up-to-date schedule information. Entrance to the Exhibit is always free, although tickets may be required for entry to individual events.

While on tour, the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit schedules additional visits to area schools where students are encouraged to think critically about the group’s guiding Six Principles – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win. For the vintage aviation enthusiast, rides in the P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen are available for purchase when time and conditions allow. Contact Marvona Welsh, CAF Red Tail Squadron logistics coordinator, at marvona@redtail.org or (812) 240-2560 for more information about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity or to schedule an appearance of the Exhibit or the Mustang in your community.

Individuals, businesses, community organizations and foundations that are interested in supporting the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s mission can learn more about sponsorship opportunities by contacting LaVone Kay, marketing director, at info@redtail.org or (888) 928-0188. One-time or recurring donations can be made securely online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/crts or sent to: CAF Red Tail Squadron, 971 Hallstrom Drive, Red Wing, MN 55066.

About the CAF Red Tail Squadron

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Their three-fold outreach program includes an authentic, fully restored WWII-era P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen; the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile theater featuring the original panoramic film “Rise Above”; and educational materials and programs for teachers and youth leaders. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). To learn more about the organization, its mission or to become a donor, visit http://www.redtail.org or follow the Squadron on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cafredtailsquadron.

About the Commemorative Air Force

Collecting and flying warbirds for over half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the largest flying museum in the world. The CAF is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to honoring American military aviation history through flight, exhibition and remembrance. The organization feels this is best accomplished by keeping the aircraft flying. The CAF has approximately 11,000 members and a fleet of over 160 airplanes assigned to 70 units across the country. These units, comprised of CAF volunteer members, restore and operate the planes, which are viewed by more than 10 million spectators annually. Visit http://www.commemorativeairforce.org or call (877) 767-7175 for more information.

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