Civil Air Patrol in PTC gets new plane

The Cessna C182/G sits on the apron at Falcon Field. Photo/Special.

The Peachtree City Civil Air Patrol Squadron, with air operations based at Falcon Field, has just received a brand new airplane, a Cessna C182/G.  The aircraft, which squadron commander Lt. Col. Dave Mitchell tells us “… is valued at over $500,000, is the first new airplane that CAP in Georgia has received in two years and we are honored that it came to Peachtree City Falcon Field Composite Squadron GA-116.”

The airplane holds four people.  It will be used by the 140 members of the local squadron for Emergency Services such as search and rescue and disaster assistance.  Other missions are aerospace education for cadet orientation flights and teacher orientation flights and member training. 

For example, Cadet Nathan Bernth, a senior in high school recently earned his instrument rating in a Civil Air Patrol aircraft at Falcon Field and will be flying this new aircraft while he works on his commercial rating.

“The aircraft will be an asset to our squadron, the local community and the state of Georgia for many years to come,” said Mitchell.

Peachtree City CAP Squadron GA-116 welcomes young men and women from the age of 12 and up and adults to serve in our three missions of Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs.   Notable alumni of Georgia Civil Air Patrol include NASA Astronaut Eric Boe.

The squadron meets on Thursday evenings at the Peachtree City United Methodist Church on Robinson Road.  Or visit the squadron’s web site at GA116.org for more information.

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