Cumberland Times-News


October 20, 2007

Commission pushing to keep corporate jets and aircraft in state


The projects include runway rehabilitation, safety upgrades, obstruction removal, hangar construction, master plan studies and construction design.

The final item of business was a presentation by Col. Rodney Moore, commander of the West Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

The CAP is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, formed Dec. 1, 1941, by Gil Robb Wilson, a West Virginia native.

Moore said the CAP targets three main activities, aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.

“We focus on young people in the cadet program,” he said, noting various activities in which youth from 12 to 21 can participate, including the Young Eagles program, which provides flight opportunities and a summer camp.

“We had four cadets to solo this year,” Moore said.

The CAP participates in search and rescue using CAP-owned aircraft, and the cadets act as the ground team.

“We also support state agencies,” he said, specifically, the Division of Natural Resources and Military Affairs.

He said that with the DNR, they have tracked animals, specifically bears that are radio-tagged.

The CAP provides disaster relief and uses its planes as a photo platform so that officials can assess damage such as the flood in Wheeling in 2004.

Chernenko pointed out that state support for the CAP is the third highest of any state in the nation after Alaska and Pennsylvania.

The next meeting of the commission will be in Charleston at the Capitol Complex on Jan. 16 during the legislative session.

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