Marco Island Receives Brand New Cessna Airplane - C182/G1000
Friday, March 3, 2017

By Major Bob Corriveau, Marco Island Senior Sq., Florida Wing

Marco Island, Fla. -

CAP has a fleet of over 500 airplanes
CAP is the largest single-engine aircraft customer for Cessna
CAP on average purchases 20 - 25 aircraft per year. 
In 2017, two new airplanes were assigned to the Florida Wing and one was assigned to the Marco Island Senior Squadron.

With its sophisticated computerized cockpit, this brand-new plane will enable us to perform more precise, safer, more accurate, and faster Search and Rescue, and Disaster-related missions. "It provides for more safety of flight with on-board weather and traffic avoidance systems and a latest generation autopilot. It improves the aircrew's awareness of the in-flight situation and reduces the workload. " – said Flight Operations Officer, Major Richard Farmer.

The aircraft is equipped with a Garmin G1000 "glass cockpit" installation, which contains two LCD displays (one acting as the primary flight display and the other as the multi-function display) as well as an integrated communications panel that fits between the two. The primary flight display shows the basic flight instruments, such as the airspeed indicator, the altimeter, the heading indicator, and course deviation indicator. 

The multi-function display typically shows a moving map on the right side, and engine instrumentation on the left.

Marco Island’s geographic location is adjacent to the wilderness areas of the Everglades, and the Ten Thousand Islands, which are heavily used by kayaks, canoes, and small boats. For this reason, our Squadron performs weekly Coastal Patrols of this area. Our purpose is to keep these boaters and campsite users safe. Beyond members’ funds and volunteer hours, the Marco Squadron relies on community donations to meet essential annual operating expenses.    Your Marco Island CAP Squadron is involved in Search & Rescue, Disaster Relief, Cadet and Aerospace programs and is aligned with Homeland Security performing twice-monthly flight operations missions. Our squadron participated in the photoreconnaissance mission in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. We were the first air sortie dispatched to take pictures of the affected coastline. In total CAP flew for four days, utilizing over one hundred aircrews and took over seventeen thousand pictures for FEMA and the Florida Emergency Management department.

A beauty!
Photo Caption:  A beauty!
Article Information
Reviewed by: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5
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