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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed CAP Assists With Precautionary SAR During AirVenture
Cadet Staff Sgt. Cory Tilton
Cadet Staff Sgt. Cory Tilton, Racine Composite Squadron, performs an hourly emergency locator transmitter (ELT) check at the Outagamie County Regional Airport, Appleton, Wisconsin, with the help of a special radio called an "L-per." Photo by Captain Jeri Gonwa, CAP Public Information Officer.
Cadet Staff Sgt. Christopher Bredow
Keeping logs of the planes helps the FAA determine if a flight plan has been closed or if the plane is late on arrival. Cadet Staff Sgt. Christopher Bredow, Col. R.C. Jay Memorial Composite Squadron, Watertown, Wisconsin, uses the binoculars to see the tail numbers of planes utilizing the Seaplane Base on Lake Winnebago. Photo by Captain Jeri Gonwa, CAP Public Information Officer.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) performed successful precautionary search and rescue (SAR) missions throughout EAA AirVenture 2011, giving pilots who flew into Wittman Regional Airport and other facilities some extra peace of mind.

EAA's annual convention brought in more than 10,000 aircraft into Oshkosh and surrounding airports this year, giving CAP a lot to look after, but they handled it well. The SAR mission included 31 searches for overdue aircraft, down slightly from last year.

"This has been a very unusual but productive year," Lt. Col. Dean Klassy, project officer, said. "I have been involved in the EAA precautionary SAR for over 15 years and this was one of the busiest."

CAP personnel also tracked emergency transmitter signals while flying around the Oshkosh area throughout the week, responding to emergency distress calls as quickly as possible. They teamed up with groups and agencies like the FAA, Coast Guard, Air Force, National Guard, local law enforcement, and many others to ensure this year's mission was a success.

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