San Marcos Unit Prepares for Annual Flight Competition

Written by Civil Air Patrol     February 9th, 2017

(Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

San Marcos, Texas — Aircrews made of up volunteers from all around the state will once again descend upon San Marcos Regional Airport later this month. The teams will be participating in the Civil Air Patrol's second annual Texas Wing Flight Competition, with the winners taking home a year's worth of bragging rights and a very large trophy.

The competition consists of multiple judged events over the course of a day including inspections, quizzes and simulated missions. Each event is meant to reinforce the professionalism with which the aircrews regularly operate while also promoting the idea that the business of saving lives requires urgency and accuracy.

"Mission crews will have an opportunity to exercise their training and strive for a level of perfection in this friendly competition," said Texas Wing Standardization and Evaluation Officer Lieutenant Colonel Shane Lipson, who is heading up the event. "Folks are flying in from all over the Wing to participate."

Two of the events simulate real world mission scenarios. In the aerial photography contest, the teams must take photos of a designated area and return to base to upload them, mirroring recent missions in the aftermath of major flooding across the state. The other competition is a time sensitive search for a simulated emergency beacon from a missing aircraft, one of the more well-known services provided by the Civil Air Patrol.

"We're thrilled to once again host this event in San Marcos," said Major Matthew Congrove, the commander of the local squadron. "Last year was a great training opportunity, and yet again we have great support from our local partners Berry Aviation, the CENTEX Commemorative Air Force, and Texas Aviation Partners."

The competition will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 and is open to the media.

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Contact Information

Lt. Col. Ron Diana, CAP
Squadron Commander & Public Affairs Officer
David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron, SWR-TX-435, Texas Wing
(512) 710-8435 |

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