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Items available for download:

All items in .zip format and will require decompression.   Please read the agreement spelled out in this site and follow it, as necessary.   For additional CAP ES downloads, see the DOWNLOADS section of the LINKS page on this site.   Please email me if you are using any of these documents.   I'd just like to know who is using them and how they might be improved.


  • Volunteer Aircrew Member Training Methods: A Study of the Civil Air Patrol Training System An academic research paper written about Civil Air Patrol Aircrew Training Methods and recommendations.


  • CAP Inflight Guide and Aircrew Aid. Its own page describes all of the features--a wonderful tool!


  • SARSAT Video This video, which originally aired on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels," is the best 7-minute synopsis of the SARSAT-COSPAS system.   A highly educational bit of multimedia! (MS Media Player, 2.2 MB)
  • Basic Ground Team Training   This presentation is a new product by Major Earl W. Burress, Jr. of Texas Wing.   Maj Burress is an USAF C-130 pilot and long-time CAP aircrew and ground team member. (MS Powerpoint 4.0, 89 kB)  
  • Praise for CAP ES Resources Powerpoint presentations: Recently, I [used] your ELT Powerpoint presentation for local S&R and amateur ARES classes. The slide sequences showing meter reading as the antenna or the body is turned is GREAT. Running Powerpoint on a laptop gives almost a motion picture effect which is easier to understand than anything I have used earlier. Thanks! -Bruce Gordon, President of L-Tronics and inventor of the famous 'Little L-Per.'


  • Emergency Locator Transmitter Direction Finding for Aircrews: use of equipment commonly found in C.A.P. aircraft   This multimedia powerpoint presentation is the third in a series of electronic search subjects.   This presentation is a thorough and complete course for aircrew members and prospective aircrew members wishing to learn the art of locating ELTs from aircraft.   It includes extensive information from other sources, some of which are out of print and unavailable to the general CAP populace.   The downloadable version is full and uncut.   (MS Powerpoint 95, 308 kB)


  • ELTs: Everything You Always Wanted to Know and MORE.   ADVANCED ELT LOCATION COURSE (classroom instruction)   REVISION 3.0! This presentation is a thorough and advanced level course in the location of ELTs.   It includes extensive information about how the SARSAT system operates and about 406 MHz beacons.   The downloadable version is full and uncut.   (MS Powerpoint 4.0, 4.8 MB)


  • Emergency Locator Transmitter Direction Finding for Ground Teams: use of equipment commonly found in C.A.P. squadrons   Basic ELT DF Course.   This multimedia course uses animation for a thorough entry level introduction to ground electronic search.   This presentation is tailored to and ideally suited for cadets.   (MS Powerpoint 4.0, 395 KB)


  • ELT Wave Files   Three wave file recordings of ELTs; use them for training.   Each ELT sound is different.   Listen for yourself!   (.wav format, 48 KB)


  • Who's In Charge of SAR?   A State-by-state listing of the state agency responsible for aeronautical search and rescue.   (Adobe Acrobat, 8 KB)


  • CAP Cessna 172 Aircraft Checklist and Mission Briefing Guide   (Adobe Acrobat, 126 KB)   An ONLINE BRIEFING GUIDE is available on this site without a download or a viewer.   This guide is a text-only version and cuts out the entire checklist & the remainder of the inflight portions.


  • Emergency Aeronautical and Maritime Signals   according to the Department of Defense.   (Adobe Acrobat, 96 KB)


  • ES1 (General Emergency Services) and State and Local Law Slides   (MS Powerpoint 4.0, 21 KB)


  • General ES Training Requirements Checklist   (Adobe Acrobat, 13 KB)


  • Basic Survival Strategy Student Handout   (Adobe Acrobat, 6 KB)


  • Ground Team Member Training Requirements Checklist   (Adobe Acrobat, 18 KB)


  • PODSheet is a Microsoft Excel worksheet that contains several useful spreadsheets for search and rescue operations management.   Produced by John Carnes of the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit and Jim Cooke of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Team.   (MS Word and Excel, 32 KB)


  • PODCalc is similar to the above Excel worksheet but is much smaller, more current, and completely original.   Written by Mike McDonald of Colorado Wing. (MS Excel, 4 KB)


  • Latitude Longitude Map Plotter is a simple tool that can help plot latitude longitude, UTM, or any other coordinates on any map.   This is especially helpful when maps don't provide complete or easily transferred lat-long references.   Some examples of difficult-to-plot maps include USGS 7.5" quadrangles and older DeLorme topographic atlases.   This tool can also be used by aircrews for visual time-speed-distance computations on an aeronautical chart.   It is recommended that you laminate this tool with contact paper so you can fold it repeatedly.   You'll need to print out at least one copy of the plotter, so a printer is required.   Once you calibrate a scale, you may want to mark that vertical line with the map name or type so it can be used for future reference.   Consider photocopying the plotter after your calibrations have been made and marked for distribution to other members.   It may take some time to find an exact calibration.   If a one-for-one relationship cannot be found exactly on a vertical line, try folding between two of the guidelines.   (Adobe Acrobat, 8 KB)


  • Duplicatable square map protractor Great for DF Triangulation!   Print this page on overhead transparency sheeting OR on regular paper and then photocopy onto transparencies.   This protractor shamelessly ‘borrowed’ from our ground-pounding friends at the US Army.   A similar but higher-quality commercial version of this plotter is available from RM Products Inc, 5857 NE 180th ST, Seattle WA 98155.   Phone (425) 485-4738.   Their cost is about $3. (Adobe Acrobat, 27 KB)


  • GridFind   Lieutenant Colonel Ray Andrews of Great Lakes Region Headquarters developed an aid to find the appropriate grid.   This is a DOS executable file, circa 1989.   It was originally intended for ELT missions to determine the grid of SARSAT hits.   The program, called "GridFind," will take a set of latitude-longitude coordinates and determine the sectional and grid number within that sectional where the target is located.   This program may also be used for many other applications such as DR and CD operations.   A limited NAVAID and Airport database is also part of the program.   Special thanks to LtC David Crawford who alerted me to this program.   We hope to have an updated application similar to this one on the CAP ES Resources website.   This program was the inspiration for the cross-platform web based application "Grid Finder" that you find elsewhere on this website. (DOS executable, 23 KB)


  • The Cell (new) CAP Grid System as explained by Gene Kellog.   This easily-understood one-page sheet is invaluable to those who are using the Cell grid system.   Contributed to the CAP ES Resources™ website. (Adobe Acrobat, 281 KB)


  • Mission Base Job Signs   Malcolm Dickinson put together this document in preparation for the NY Wing evaluated exercise.   It prints out "table-tent" style position labels for people's desks.   Simply fold the sheet of paper in thirds and tape it together in a triangle.   These signs help to clarify who is filling what task at mission base. (Adobe Acrobat, 12 KB)


  • Ground to Air Signals   This all-new and all-digital compilation displays, in color, the various air to ground signals that can be used by air and ground crews.   It is much cleaner than scanned copies of the same signals that are found on other websites and in manuals. (Adobe Acrobat, 111 KB)


  • Aircraft Survival Kit packing list and survival information.   Nice stuff from Bob Hull of New York Wing! (Adobe Acrobat, 24 KB)


  • Canadian National SAR Manual In case you didn't know it, our neighbors do the North have their stuff together when it comes to SAR.   Take a read and see their spin on it. (Adobe Acrobat, 1.1 MB)


  • Pilot Records Checklist This CAPR 60-1 extract can help facilitate the accuracy of keeping pilot records in your CAP unit.   This has been a special interest item for CAP-USAF inspections. (Adobe Acrobat, 18 KB)


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This page of the CAP Emergency Services Resources website was last updated 05/06/2007

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