Air Station Traverse City prepares for annual standardization visit

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The aircrews of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City will conduct their Annual Standardization and Certification Visit from Sept. 22 to Oct. 3, 2008.

To be ever ready to conduct search and rescue operations during dangerous weather conditions and to be able to perform other critical missions in service of the public, our aircrews must constantly train to maintain their expert flying skills. Annually, instructors from the Coast Guard Helicopter Training Branch in Mobile, Ala. arrive to check our aircrews’ procedural knowledge and test them with in-flight emergencies. This training requires Coast Guard aircraft to fly in the Cherry Capital Airport aircraft traffic pattern for a considerable amount of time.

The aircrews must be able to deal with the simulated emergencies in the air and land the aircraft in a safe and controlled environment.

Cherry Capital Airport 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 an inconvenience for local residents who are not accustomed to the increased activity of Coast Guard aircraft around the Cherry Capital Airport, but it is absolutely necessary for our crews to maintain their aviation skills in order to effectively perform their critical missions.

This year’s Standardization Pilots from the Coast Guard Training Branch are Lt. Stephen Priebe and Lt. Scott Sanborn. The Rescue Swimmer is Senior Chief Petty Officer Clay Hill, and the Flight Mechanics are Petty Officer Richard Lyman and Petty Officer Paul Smith.

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