With its sophisticated computerized cockpit, this brand-new plane will enable the Civil Air Patrol to perform more precise, safer, more accurate, and faster search, rescue and disaster-related missions.

“It provides for more safety of flight with on-board weather and traffic avoidance systems and a latest generation autopilot,” said Flight Operations Officer Major Richard Farmer. “It improves the aircrew’s awareness of the in-flight situation and reduces the workload.”

The aircraft is equipped with a Garmin G1000 “glass cockpit” installation, which contains two LCD displays (one acting as the primary flight display and the other as the multi-function display) as well as an integrated communications panel that fits between the two. The primary flight display shows the basic flight instruments, such as the airspeed indicator, the altimeter, the heading indicator and course deviation indicator.

Marco Island’s geographic location is adjacent to the wilderness areas of the Everglades, and the Ten Thousand Islands, which are heavily used by kayaks, canoes, and small boats. For this reason, the squadron performs weekly coastal patrols of this area. CAP’s purpose is to keep boaters and campsite users safe. Beyond members’ funds and volunteer hours, the Marco Squadron relies on community donations to meet essential annual operating expenses.

Your Marco Island CAP Squadron is involved in search and rescue, disaster relief, cadet and aerospace programs and is aligned with Homeland Security performing twice-monthly flight operations missions. The squadron participated in the photo reconnaissance mission in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. CAP was the first air sortie dispatched to take pictures of the affected coastline. In total CAP flew for four days, utilizing over one hundred aircrews and took over seventeen thousand pictures for FEMA and the Florida Emergency Management department.

Did you know?

  • CAP has a fleet of over 500 airplanes
  • CAP is the largest single-engine aircraft customer for Cessna
  • CAP on average purchases 20-25 aircraft per year.
  • In 2017, two new airplanes were assigned to the Florida Wing and one was assigned to our Marco Island Senior Squadron.
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