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Pilots and the St Cloud Composite Squadron

Here at the St Cloud Composite Squadron we are fortunate to have 6 certified, licensed pilots that are heavily involved with our Squadron and operations.  We have been able to offer Orientation Flights for our Cadets on a regular basis and will continue to do so.  We have also run Search and Rescue Missions.

Our pilots are all able to fly C-172 and C-182 aircraft; at the present time a C-182 is stationed at SCCS but the airplane changes from time to time based on the needs of Minnesota Wing.  All 6 pilots are qualified to provide cadet orientation rides.  Two of our pilots, Major Portele and Lt Col Nastrom, are qualified to provide flight training to cadets (senior members who would like flight training must already have their private pilots license and meet other requirements).

If you are a pilot and interested in sharing your love of flying with others through flying, this is the place to be!  A few of the things that our pilots do are:

  • Orientation Flights for Cadet

  • Orientations Flights for Members of Congress and the Legislature

  • Teaching Cadets to Fly

  • Flying for Emergency Services Search and Rescue

  • Mission Scanners - do not have to be a pilot

  • Mission Observers - do not have to be a pilot

  • Supporting the U.S. Air Force in homeland security training

  • Supporting the U.S. Air Force by escorting MQ9 Drones

See pictures of our pilots in action below!


Resources

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  • CAPR 70-1U - OPERATIONS: CIVIL AIR PATROL sUAS FLIGHT MANAGEMENT (currently under revision)

FEMA Course Links - links open in FEMA website

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Notice: Independent Study Exams require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not yet have a SID, register for one today: FEMA SID Please take the classes in the order listed below:


Mission UAS Tasks and Manual

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Evaluation and Logs

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Squadron Pictures of our Pilots in action!

Please take a moment to see some of the amazing things that our Squadron has been able to participate in!

U.S. Air Force Support in Homeland Security Training Exercise - Pilot Lt Col Gregory Nastrom
U.S. Air Force Support in Homeland Security Training Exercise - Pilot Lt Col Gregory Nastrom
O-Flight C/A1C Aiden Staup and C/MSgt Lauren Staup flying with Lt Col Gregory Nastrom July 2019
O-Flight C/A1C Aiden Staup and C/MSgt Lauren Staup flying with Lt Col Gregory Nastrom July 2019
Picture taken by Cadet on O-Flight July 2019
Picture taken by Cadet on O-Flight July 2019
O-Flight MN Representative Tom Emmer - Pilot Lt Col Gregory Nastrom
O-Flight MN Representative Tom Emmer - Pilot Lt Col Gregory Nastrom
O-Flight MN Senator Mary Kiffmeyer - Pilot Lt Col Gregory Nastrom
O-Flight MN Senator Mary Kiffmeyer - Pilot Lt Col Gregory Nastrom

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