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Advanced Pilot and Observer


Commandant: Lt Col Eric Templeton

Session 1: 14 - 20 July 2019

Session 2: 21 - 27 July 2019


Session 1: Arrive on 14th, Course 15th - 19th, Graduation on 20th* July 2019

Session 2: Arrive on 21st, Course 22nd - 26th, Graduation on 27th* July 2019

*Graduation will conclude approximately noon on your departure day, attendance is encouraged but optional based on travel plans.


Student Prerequisites for Advance Observer:

Student Prerequisites for Advance Pilot:

The Advanced MO/MP course trains experienced mission aircrews to execute visual search patterns to precise standards utilizing nearly all of the GPS units on board CAP aircraft. Students will train using the GPS units to fly visual search patterns in a consistent and highly accurate manner without use of SAR software that may be built into the GPS system.  The focus is on conceptual adaptation of the basic features available in all GPS units to enable competence across the fleet.

The course covers the GX50-60 series, G1000, and GPS 400 models.  We will train with all GPS units on the ground and demonstrate the use of the GPS units in-flight. Crews can expect to fly C172 and C182 models, and should plan to fly all six days during this course, weather permitting.

Students must arrive at NESA competent to plan and fly all standard visual search patterns including route, parallel track, creeping line, expanding square and sector search.  The NESA instructors will teach GPS concepts to enhance the student’s ability to fly all standard patterns to a highly accurate level.  The course will introduce visual search patterns related to data derived from cell phone / radar track forensic clues as well as some standardized Aerial Photography techniques for pilots and observers.   

The MP and the MO will both be required to independently plan each sortie, set up the GPS units for the mission, and re-plan the search in flight if needed. Crew competence will be measured to the following standards: altitude maintained at +100/-0, groundspeed +/- 5 knots, and lateral deviation of .05nm (300 feet) to either side of centerline during search, all while maintaining maximum attention outside the cockpit.  We will also focus on the benefits, limitations, and risks of autopilot use in each pattern.

The pace of this course will be very high but significant time/resources will be available to support your successful completion.  The NESA staff is committed to your success.


Travel: Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Transportation will be arranged for those flying into Indianapolis International Airport. We must know travel arrangements in advance to make arrangements.