Due to the high level of community service activity and USAF and other missions performed by the Marco Squadron, this advanced aircraft will enhance the squadron’s mission ability with state-of-the-art avionics controls, expanded communications and full-screen color avionics and Global Positioning Systems.
Additionally N159CP is equipped with a high efficiency 3-blade adjustable McCauley Propeller System and driven by a Textron Lycoming Engine. The engine is normally aspirated, direct drive, air-cooled, horizontally opposed, fuel injected, six cylinders with 541 cu. in. displacement and 230 horsepower rated at 2,400 revolutions per minute.
This four-seat Cessna model is built exclusively for CAP, which operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world (550+ aircraft are currently in the CAP fleet).
Of the 27 aircraft assigned to the CAP Florida Wing, only six are these specially-equipped model 182T’s. This makes the Marco Island Squadron truly “mission ready” to assume a wide variety of special assignments such as USAF Intercept missions, USCG Drug Interdiction, US Army Air Defense training, FEMA support and Homeland Security support, as well as locally authorized activities of proficiency flights and Coastal Patrols of the 10,000 Islands area.
The term “glass cockpit” refers to the two fully functional color display screens – much like computer screens – used to provide a higher level of information to the pilot and co-pilot than previous individual gauges used in older aircraft.
The Primary Functional Display (PFD) screen on the left is used primarily by the pilot. On the right is the Multi-Functional Display (MFD) screen; which is used by both pilot and Co-pilot observer, which includes GPS plus other navigation and communication displays. In the event of electronic failure, located below the screens are three conventional round gauges to enable the trained pilot to fly the aircraft and land safely.
Flight proficiency has always been a mandatory CAP pilot responsibility, and with a glass cockpit, that requirement is critical.
Most of the Marco Squadron pilots are currently qualified to fly the Garmin-equipped aircraft. These pilots, plus our certified instructor pilots, are in the process of training the other CAP pilots and co-pilot crews (observer, scanner) members.
Each crew member will be trained with a ground-school curriculum of five 3-hour modules. Additional simulator training is available, plus actual cockpit time on the ground with the aircraft plugged into a conventional power source. This ground-training will be followed by a series of proficiency flights prior to official qualification.
Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force’s uniformed volunteer civilian auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 113 lives in fiscal year 2010. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 69 years.
For more information on CAP, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com