Meeting Archives



Our meeting archives have not been maintained in the past few years, even though we have been meeting regularly. Don't let this gap in our records lead you to believe that the club is not very active!

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

We begIn the meeting at 7 PM with a special presentation to East Falmouth resident, and CAPA member Roger McDowell of a Wright Brothers Master Pilot Certificate by FAA Northeast Deputy Administrator Todd Friedenberg. 

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award was instituted by the FAA to recognize pilots who have practiced safe flight operations continuously for 50 or more years during the course of their aviation careers. The award consists of a certificate and a pin, and consolidates other aviation awards presented by the FAA district offices. Eligibility for the award includes:

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States during the entire 50-year period covered
  • 50 years of piloting experiencing, dating to the applicant's first solo flight, during which the pilot must have been certified by either the FAA or the United States Civil Aviation Authority.

Nominations are submitted by a formal application form that must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation from other FAA-certified pilots, attesting to the nominee's record.  Only 2,000 certified pilots out of half a million have been honored with the award.[

 Todd Friedenberg, FAA Deputy Administrator, New England Region

Todd will be revealing major improvements that can be expected at the Plymouth, Marshfield, and Provincetown airports. He’ll also discuss ADS-B implementation plans for our area, as well as provide a review of local accidents. A Sandwich resident and former Cape TRACON chief, Todd plays a key role for the FAA in New England Region. The six-state ten-Tribal Nation region covers 160,000 square miles of airspace, maintains 68 facilities and employs approximately 2,000 employees. As the Deputy Regional Administrator, Todd provides FAA leadership in crossorganizational matters. He also represents the FAA with industry, the public, Native American Tribes and other governmental entities. He’ll bring a close-to-home perspective to these topics for us.


NOVEMBER 3, 2010

The Civil Air Patrol was created December 1, 1941 exactly one week prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor by New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia in his capacity as Director of the Office of Civilian Defense. During World War II, CAP was seen as a way to use America's civilian aviation resources to aid the war effort instead of grounding them. The organization assumed many missions including anti-submarine patrol and warfare, border patrols, and courier services. CAP pilots sighted 173 German submarines and sank two, dropping a total of 83 bombs and depth charges throughout the war.
After World War II, CAP became the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and its incorporating charter declared that it would never again be involved in direct combat activities, but would be of a benevolent nature. 

CAP is all volunteer with 57,000 members of an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations. It performs three congressionally assigned key missions:  search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth, the general public, and cadet programs for teenage youth are its traditional duties and now in addition, CAP has recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions.

Our main speaker at the November CAPA meeting next Wednesday will be Captain Dennis Mills of MA-044, the Cape Cod Civil Air Patrol squadron based at the Mass. Military Reservation.  He'll be briefing us on what Civil Air Patrol is, explain some of the missions they execute here on Cape Cod, and how they operate as the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.File:Eltsearch.JPG

All pilots should attend and learn how search and rescue works, especially locally.  After the meeting some members may be interested in joining CAP and volunteering their piloting skills.

With the now annual visit of the president to our Cape airspace, our opening presentation will be a 45 minute Modern Marvels production Air Force One, and exploring the incredible security and defense capability of the president's 747 (of which there are two).

Security it so strict that many top-level White House staffers are not allowed inside this specially modified Boeing 747. Inside the plane is a plethora of technology and security to keep the most powerful man in the world safe.
The security on board is only the beginning. At each stop, special measures are taken. Each airport must be upgraded to meet safety specifications. Armored limousines and helicopters are airlifted in for additional transport. Secret Service marksmen stand at the ready at each engagement. Even the plane's fuel is tested and secured. Every stop must be a "zero-fail" operation, everything must be perfect.
See all the details that must be checked to ensure the President's safety. Go inside compartments that are rarely seen by the public. Take a ride aboard AIR FORCE ONE at CAPA!

OCTOBER 6, 2010

What Makes a Good Landing? An Excellent Approach!
Takeoffs, Landings and Aircraft Control
Two members of the FAA Safety Team will lead a lively discussion and interactive PowerPoint presentation on the proper procedures and techniques for a successful Takeoff and Landing.  WINGs credit will be available for this program. 
More accidents occur in the landing phase of flight than any other.  It is the close proximity to the ground that leaves less margin for error.  Some pilots never really master the basics, then it's only a matter of time before they have a problem.  Is the runway long enough?  Are there obstructions?  What is the density altitude?  Is there a cross-wind?  How good is your airspeed control?  Do you know how to successfully recover from a bounced landing or when to go around?  These are just some of the considerations that are addressed in this Safety Seminar.
Attend this important briefing; recurrent training is the key to safe operations and will keep you from being involved in an incident or accident.
Documentary short: Flying Full Circle
Flying Full Circle is a 10-minute short film about living out a childhood dream.
Filmmaker Brian J. Terwilliger's passion for aviation was sparked at an early age by seeing The Blue Angels perform at Portsmouth, NH's Pease Air Force base, and that passion later became the genesis of his film "One Six Right". It took 5 years of persistence to complete the film, which made his invitation to fly in an F-16 with The Blue Angels a very special experience that came full circle.
The United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly known as the The Blue Angels, was formed in 1946 and was the world's first officially sanctioned military aerial demonstration team, as well as the oldest currently flying aerobatics team. They perform more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the U.S. each year. Since their inception, the "Blues" have flown for more than 427 million spectators worldwide.


This Wednesday's CAPA meeting (9/7) will feature three films you won't want to miss.
The first  is a never-before-seen presentation of the exciting new Massachusetts Air & Space Museum, to be built at the entrance to Hanscom Field in historic Lexington.  The museum will showcase the many achievements of Massachusetts inventors, engineers, and companies in the past and future development of aviation and aerospace, from the first flight ever in 1757 from the steeple of Boston's Old North Church, to landing on the moon, to the development of a Terrafugia's roadable aircraft.
The second is a very short video taken inside the cockpit of CAPA member Mike Keeling's Cessna Cardinal as it splashed into the ocean near South Cape Beach.  Mike will be there to explain the chain of events, how he carefully prepped his passenger on what to expect, and how to safely exit the aircraft after splashdown.  His experience will be a valuable lesson for others if the same should ever happen.
Check some great photos at Cape Online, including one of an amazingly composed Mike Keeling:
Our feature film is a Modern Marvels film on jet crashes.  Since commercial aviation truly began in the 1930s, the romance of air travel has been marred by the tragedy of crashes. Today, the sky above is safer than ever before but the ground below has become more perilous. That was tragically proven in March, 1977, on the island of Tenerife part of the Canary Island chain where 583 people were killed when two Boeing 747s collided at Los Rodeos Airport. It was the worlds and histories - worst aviation disaster. Though decades have passed, root causes for the tragedy at Tenerife remain with us today. It could happen again. But, with next-generation airliners, able to carry more passengers than ever before, a similar collision now would dwarf the death toll at Tenerife. The problem is runway incursions.

For the last decade, the U.S. has seen roughly 300 incursions per year. Most are not serious, but some have been very near misses and others have taken lives. On February 1, 1991, at Los Angeles International Airport, a controller cleared a Boeing 737 to land on a runway where a small commuter plane had already been ordered to hold. The two planes collided, both were destroyed, and 34 people lost their lives. Serious efforts are being made to mitigate incursions but we could be heading toward a perfect storm for a cataclysmic crash.


AUGUST 14, 2010

Pilot's Summer Barbeque Next Week!
What beats a beautiful Summer Saturday on Cape Cod with sizzling grilled hamburgers and hot dogs next to dozens of beautiful airplanes?? 
You are invited to join us for the annual Cape Area Pilot's Association Summer barbeque under the shade trees at Falmouth Airpark (5B6) a week from Saturday, August 14th starting at 11 AM.  The only admission is a smile and a dish to share, whether a salad, dessert, chili, baked beans, or potato salad.  Fly in, drive in, or walk in, and members are encouraged to bring family and friends.  All are welcome who love aviation. 
Thanks to the Falmouth Airpark Homeowners Association for allowing us to have this regular event at the Airpark, and all 5B6 residents are welcomed.

There will be no formal CAPA meeting during August, and the next CAPA meeting will be Wednesday, September 1 at the four Cs.

JULY 7, 2010

Join us for an entertaining aviation double-feature:
1.  MARTHA'S VINEYARD FROM ABOVE, a brand new short feature film centered around Martha's Vineyard's Katama Airpark in Edgartown, a protected historic airport and the largest grass airfield in America.
2.  BEYOND KITTYHAWK - NEW ENGLAND'S PIONEERS OF FLIGHT, a new documentary chronicling the achievements of six local pilots who have made a tremendous impact on aviaton history.  These six extraordinary men and women started some of the nation's first airports, developed the first intercontinental navigation system, fought for their country, and shaped the aviation world we enjoy today. 

Broadcast on WGBH and other PBS stations, "Beyond Kitty Hawk" was nominated for an Emmy as "best documentary".

This is our last meeting of Summer...August will be the month for our annual Cape Pilot's Association barbeque, so make plans to join us this coming Wednesday evening, July 7th.  Mark your calendar now for the next monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 1 (Labor Day is late this year on September 6).

JUNE 2, 2010

PILOT DECISION MAKING SKILLS, PART 2 Tomorrow (Wednesday) night at CAPA we will present the second part of the FAA Safety Team seminar "Evaluating Your Judgment and Decision Making Skills". Four local safety experts will present fresh scenarios, followed by evaluation and discussion. If you missed Part I, you can still join the discussion and receive full benefits at this meeting.

Scholarships were awarded. Click here for scholarship details.

MAY 5, 2010

Your Judgment and Decision Evaluation Skills
Part I of Two-Part Presentation at May 5th CAPA Meeting

Topic:  FAA FAAST Team Safety Seminar on airman decision making skills will be discussed through the presentation and discussion of a series of scenarios.

Phase one of a two part interactive series of scenarios relating to preflight, takeoff, in-flight, approach and landing situations will be reviewed in a multi-speaker presentation at the next monthly CAPA meeting May 5th at Cape Cod Community College. Risk factors will be identified and discussed along with methods to mitigate the risks to an acceptable level. Don't miss this special event! Only you can choose to be a safe pilot!

Join us for a fun filled evening of interaction with FAA Safety Team Representatives, Aviation Safety Inspectors, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, Certified Flight Instructors and members of the Aviation Safety Group of Massachusetts (ASGM).  Cape area specialists Buddy MacDonald, Jerry Plante, and Tim Howard will be the main presenters. 
This interactive briefing will feature a series of scenarios that depict numerous real life situations affecting the possible safety of flight characteristics of different types of aircraft in various phase of flight.  Each scenario will be evaluated and discussed in detail with the audience by both AMTs and CFIs for a comprehensive view of both pilot skills and maintenance issues.

Our goal will be to identify risks as a group and attempt to mitigate them to acceptable levels.  We are confident that we will all learn something from each other which will result in reducing the number and severity of accidents and incidents in our area.  We know this seminar will have you thinking about your decision making skills!

APRIL 14, 2010

Mark Wednesday, April 14th on your calendar for the CAPA Spring Dinner at the Hyannis Golf Club!  Enthusiastically suggested by attendees during the fabulous night we had at the CAPA Christmas Holiday Dinner, this will replace our April meeting. Menu will be announced shortly and we hope to hold the price at $25 per person, including sizzling hot bar appetizers and dessert.

MARCH 11, 2010

1.  "SHORT RUNWAYS" - Many pilots learn to fly at big airports designed for commercial traffic, with 3,000' to 5,000' runways.  Unfortunately this sometimes breeds sloppy landing habits which are a direct cause of hundreds of unnecessary runway overrun accidents annually.  If you know the two tricks of short field landing, you are unlikely to
ever have an overrun.

Through apecial arrangements with Aviation Safety Videos, we will present a new training video which offers specific procedures to make sure you can safely land on the shortest runways.  These overruns happen here on Cape Cod every year and it is likely that those which don't end in injury or serious damage are never reported.
Aircraft finance executive Mel Dorr has regularly landed his Cessna 180 on an 800' runway on nearby Cuttyhunk Island for over thirty years.  While this is extreme, there have been completely unnecessary runway overrun issues for years at Falmouth (2298'), Marston's Mills (2035'-2700'), Myricks (2466'),Cranland (1860'), and Marlborough (1659'). 

A petition has been made to tha FAA to implement new runway markings to assist pilots in making correct go-around decisions.  The film will explain the proposal and we will take a vote at this meeting to see if CAPA should write in support of this proposal, which has been endorsed by AOPA and EAA.
2.  "BILL'S EMERGENCY LANDING" - Next to a midair, losing your engine in flight over strange terrain can be the most terrifying emergency to deal with. 
That's exectly what happend to Falmouth Airpark resident Bill McClure in November while flying the 1938 Fairchild model 24 he had just bought as her flew it from Idaho to back East. 

Bill navigated the Rockies around Park City, Utah, then East through Nebraska and toward Nashville, where he was going to have some work done by the original aircraft restorer.  Just East of Memphis disaster struck. 
Even with Bill's 30,000 hours of experience flying everything from Champs to Air Force KC-135 tankers and American Airlines 777s, he had never experienced an engine failure.  Because he followed good procedures the outcome was happy (but expensive).  Hear the whole amazing journey for yourself.

Meeting date:  Thursday, March 11rd at 6:30 PM.  Complimentary Scotties Famous Airport Pizza will be served.
CAPA now meets in the beautiful new media room at Cape Cod Community College, downstairs in the Library.  Use parking lots 3 & 4.


FEBRUARY 3, 2010

Dramatic changes in pilot medical requirements have been made in the last three years, many which benefit pilots (including extending 3rd class medicals to five and 1st class medicals to one year for pilots under 40). 
You shouldn't miss Dr. Richard Adams, FAA AME will speak at Wednesday's CAPA meeting updating pilots on keeping your medical, and important steps to take to quickly get it back if you fail to pass.

The new explosion in aviation is Light Sport.  The U.S. Sebring Light Sport Aviation Expo has drawn more attendees in the last two years than the AOPA Expo.  There are now over 100 new Light Sport aircraft offered for sale. 
Flying Light Sport does not require an FAA medical certificate, yet there remain minimum health standards which pilots must meet to legally fly and remain insured.  It becomes a crisis is if you are denied your medical;  you immediately may not fly any aircraft including Light Sport until the reasons for your disqualification are resolved to the satisfaction of the FAA.  Dr. Adams will review preventative steps you can take to assure you will pass your medical and keep flying.

We will also show a rare 1951 film "Yours to Fly", the story of the Ryan Navion.  This film is an entertaining and lavish production in full color, and has several famous celebrities in it, like Arthur Godfrey flying along while "enjoying" a Chesterfield cigarette (Godfrey died in 1983 from emphysema at age 80).
Pictured below is Mass. Aeronautics Commission Chairman Crocker

Snow circa 1950 flying his Ryan Navion over Boston Harbor.  Notice the mothballed "Jeep Carriers" anchored below next to the Boston Army Base and the Black Falcon Pier.  Snow often commuted to work in the Navion from his home airstrip in Ipswich, and Summers flying into his airstrip on Tuckernuck Island (just West of Nantucket).




JANUARY 6, 2010

"GPS and WAAS Explained!"
Topic: Get the information you need to understand and operate GPS & what it can do for you.

garmin 430Attend this informative briefing with featured speaker Sean Dignan, a FAASTeam Rep, for an interactive and educational look into the many features and uses of GPS with emphasis on the Garmin 430. This a complex instrument which requires some effort from the pilot to understand the Garmin "Knobology” and the special features and capabilities. Don't miss this informative event! Come early for PIZZA and to socialize!

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have been installed in the general aviation fleet in large numbers. The Garmin 430W has brought us into the era of GPS and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) which is a real boon to both VFR and IFR pilots alike.

Whether you own the aircraft or are renting it, you should understand how to properly use this important piece of equipment. Sean Dignan is the founder of Ascend Aviation and provides expert professional training on all types of technically advanced aircraft including the Very Light Jet (VLJ) category. Join us for an educational background on what GPS is and how to use it to its maximum potential.

Here are the bullet points of what will be covered in this informative presentation:

GPS basics, satellite constellation, GPS receivers, how it determines your position
Panel mount vs portable
IFR capabilities
WAAS and how it works
IFR capabilities with WAAS
And little bit on the future of navigation and RNP 




MAY 6, 2009

AOPA Safety Head Coming to CAPA
We are pleased to announce that nationally recognized author and president of the AOPS Air Safety Foundation Bruce Landsberg will be our featured speaker at the May CAPA Meeting Wednesday, May 6th.  His presentations are crisp, relatable, and grounded in a broad scope of accident studies and pilot behavioral analysis.

Bruce Landsberg
Landsberg's specialty is General Aviation.

Bruce Landsberg has lead the AOPA Air Safety Foundation since May 1992. He is responsible for all foundation activities including program development, safety seminars, publications, the Online Safety Center, special educational and research projects, and donor cultivation. During his tenure, ASF has been nationally recognized with numerous awards on aviation safety leadership and educational program excellence. He writes the monthly “Safety Pilot” column in AOPA Pilot magazine, as well as a popular weekly blog in AOPA ePilot, and is a periodic contributor to AOPA Flight Training magazine. He serves on many committees to represent general aviation safety interests in the FAA, NASA, NTSB, National Weather Service, and various industry groups. ASF has become the leading general aviation safety organization conducting more than 200 free educational seminars annually, recertifying more flight instructors, and averaging more than 20,000 online course completions monthly.

Prior to joining ASF, Landsberg was product marketing manager for FlightSafety International in Wichita, Kansas, and manager for Cessna Aircraft Company’s Air Age education department.

A former U.S. Air Force officer, he holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master's degree in industrial technology from the University of Maryland.

Landsberg has logged more than 6,000 hours with airline transport pilot (ATP), single-engine, multiengine, and instrument flight instructor certificates, and he has been an AOPA member for more than 35 years.

AOPA Air Safety Foundation link

Building the Cape Cod Canal
Shipwrecks around Cape Cod, 1900

The CAPA May meeting will open with a 50 minute History Channel film documenting the building of the Cape Cod Canal, which eventually became the widest sea level canal in the world.  It opened Julyh 29, 1914, 17 days ahead of the grand opening of the Panama Canal.

Although this film has nothing to do with flying or airplanes, at the April CAPA meeting it was unanimously voted to show it, since the canal is so relevant to the lives of every person who visits, lives on, or loves Cape Cod.  The Canal is a valuable national asset to commerce and national defense and operated by the United States government.

cape cod canalThe idea of linking two tidal rivers to create an all-water route across the seven mile isthmus of Cape Cod was first proposed by captain Miles Standish of the Plimoth Colony. But Standish's dream for a waterway through the isthmus was far too large a task for a small band of pilgrims. During the American Revolution, a canal at Cape Cod took on an importance as a way to circumvent British harbor blockades. Throughout the nineteenth century, many plans were made, but none succeeded. It would take a wealthy New York financier named August Belmont and modern engineering to finally make the pilgrim's dream a reality.

The grand opening of the Cape Cod Canal was July 29, 1914. Belmont's canal was expensive for mariners. As much as $16.00 for a trip by schooner, a considerable amount in those days. This, along with the narrow 100 foot width and shallow depth of the canal made many mariners continue to use the routes around the cape. As a result, tolls did not live up to expectations and the Cape Cod Canal became a losing proposition.

As a result, the Cape Cod Canal was purchased by the U.S. Government on March 30, 1928. The waterway was widened and deepened to nearly 500 feet wide and 32 feet deep, removing 30 million cubic yards of earth. All this work employed a total of 1400 men during the Great Depression. By 1940 the completed Cape Cod Canal represented the widest sea-level canal in the world. Ship traffic could safely transit the waterway and now over 20,000 vessels of all types use the Canal annually.


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