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August Promotions and Awards

posted Aug 29, 2013, 7:07 AM by Lana Holub   [ updated Aug 29, 2013, 7:07 AM ]

PAR 27-08-13                                                                                                                            27 August 2013
391st Composite Sq
Group III Texas Wg
Civil Air Patrol



DALLAS-It was another promotions and awards night for two deserving cadets of the 391st Composite Squadron Group III Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.  Zachary Holub was promoted to C/SMSgt (cadet senior master sargent ) and Luke Langlais promoted to C/TSgt.  In order to be promoted cadets are required to undergo a series of both physical and mental exams as set forth by Civil Air Patrol regulations.

At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Senior members and Cadets were treated to a presentation by Ron Poynter President of "On Poynt" unmanned  systems a company that is positioning itself to design aerial systems, training and support for public applications in a potential 11 Billion dollar industry.  The UAV unmanned vehicles (drones) are used in hundreds of applications from agriculture and  damage surveys following disasters to police  and military missions.  The discussion covered the present status of the industry and it's future potential. 

Under present Federal regulations UAV pilots are required to have a minimum of  2 years experience and hold a commercial pilot’s license.  Pilot training is about 2 years in length. Operation of the vehicles requires a pilot and a spotter.   At present the only drone operating in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is assigned and operated by the Arlington Texas police department.  In 2014, FAA regulations become effective which will cover the operation of drones in regulated airspace.  These new regulations cover everything from radar signatures to interaction with air controllers.

 Lt Col Bob Sides, squadron commander of the 391st Composite Squadron, said “this is a breath taking glimpse of the future of aviation and the need for knowledgeable young technicians.  And there is no better place to begin a career in aviation than here in Civil Air Patrol".