Air Station Traverse City prepares for annual standardization visit

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City will be conducting an annual standardization and certification visit from Monday, September 21 to Friday, October 2, 2009.

Instructors from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama, arrive to evaluate aircrews’ procedural knowledge and test them with in-flight emergencies. This certifies personnel are ready to conduct search and rescue operations at sea during dangerous weather conditions. The aircrews must practice in-flight emergencies and be able to land the aircraft during simulated emergencies in a controlled environment.

This training requires Coast Guard helicopters to routinely fly over East/ West Bays and Cherry Capital Airport during this two-week period. Cherry Capital is the only airport in the area with the facilities and Crash/Rescue personnel required for Coast Guard aircrews to perform these maneuvers. We understand that this training period may be more visible to local residents, but it is critical for our crews to maintain their skills.

This year’s Standardization Pilots are LT Chris Bonner and LT Rob Tucker. The Rescue Swimmers are Chief Petty Officer Eric Bednorz and Petty Officer Scott Rady, and the Flight Mechanics are Petty Officers Scott Miller and Dan Justice. These six are some of the finest Coast Guard pilots and aircrew members and are part of an instructor cadre tasked with training all HH-65 Dolphin aviators and air stations in the Coast Guard. The pilots and crewmembers have been busy preparing for this year’s visit and hope to continue their outstanding performance displayed in previous visits.

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