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In the latest Beacon: - There are a few articles written about specific units, and there are a few articles written by safety officers out in the field. These are the kinds of stories that I would like to see more of! If you have an event you’d like to talk about, or a minor mishap you learned from, please let me know. Is there a case where you changed your safety plan because of something you learned? Is there a safety checklist that works well for your unit? Are your cadets involved in your safety program in a unique way? These are all things I’d like you to share. Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. - The safety survey will be on-line in SIRS on November 1. Read more about it on the first page of the Beacon. Set some time aside to meet with your squadron commander so you can work on the survey together. As I say in the Beacon article, this survey will be used by your wing commander to help him assess the “safety health” of squadrons in the wing, so use this opportunity to let your commander know the strengths of your program, the challenges you’re facing, and the needs they can help you with. More guidance will be coming in the near future, so we can make sure this is a useful, helpful tool rather than just a compliance exercise. - SIRS Suggestions? I remind everyone that we want to hear all your ideas on how the SIRS system can better serve you, so we leave no stone unturned when we redesign the system. Any ideas, or minor frustrations you have when you work in SIRS, can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll save each one. Thanks for all you do to reduce risk, and ensure all our members enjoy their CAP experience, “…without getting hurt!” Cheers, George George C. Vogt Chief of Safety This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The purpose of the preflight inspection is to determine if the aircraft is in good condition to fly. Every preflight inspection should be performed prior to every flight, should be performed the same way every time and should not be interrupted until finished. To ensure a complete preflight, be sure to finish where you started.



  1. qa preflight check prior to every flight, not just the first flight of the     day
  2. qyour preflight check in a systematic way using the same complete routine     each time
  3. qlack of distractions while performing your preflight check



Allow yourself plenty of time to thoroughly check each, without feeling pressured or rushed. Here are some specific items to include in your preflight:

The first step in planning for a flight is to be sure you are ready, physically and emotionally. Here are some things to keep in mind:


Remember IMSAFE:







Know your personal limitations. Every pilot is different, and your own minimums may even change from day to day. The FAA has published a personal minimums checklist, which is available online at


Currency and proficiency. Are you safe and legal for this flight?


Weather: Once you have prepared yourself for the flight, it’s important to check the weather along your planned route. According to FAR 91.103, a weather briefing is required for all IFR flights and any flight not in the vicinity of an airport. Obtaining a weather

briefing is a good idea for all flights. The following are some weather resources to use during the planning:


Flight Service Stations (FSS) may be contacted for weather information, notams, and pireps.


Online services such as AOPA (, DUATS (, National Weather Service (NWS) (, and Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)



AWOS, ASOS, or ATIS will provide you with the current local weather at your departure airport.

Safety Staff

NER Director of Safety
Lt Col Diane Wojtowicz

Asst. Director of Safety
Lt Col Brian Benedict

Asst. Director of Safety
Lt Col Charles Freeman

Asst. Director of Safety
Capt Raymond F. Laramie, Jr.

Asst. Director of Safety
Maj Michael Ozer

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We take Safety very seriously and Safety is an everyday thing that needs to be included in everything that we do. Safety can not be neglected or bypassed just because it is more convenient to do so.