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Mission Scanner
The mission scanner plays an important role on an Airborne Search and Rescue team.  This team is generally comprised of the Mission Pilot (MP), Mission Observer (MO), and you, the Mission Scanner (MS).  The MP is responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the airplane.  MP's provide the platform for the MO and MS to perform their functions.  The MO is responsible for running the mission.  MO communicates with other mission crews and base and provides guidance to the MP related to where the plane needs to be.  The MO also has a scanner function for the right side of the aircraft.  The Mission Scanner provides the scanning functions for the left side of the aircraft, freeing the MP to concentrate on flying.  The scanner provides an additional set of eyes for non-mission activity - watching for obstacles while the airplane is on the ground, looking for traffic in the air, etc.  The scanner also helps the MO by keeping logs of transmissions, photos, and other mission related events.  There are a lot of tasks that need to be completed during a mission.  Having well trained crew in each of the slots helps keep the crew safe and leads to higher mission success rates.

Training for Mission Scanner

GES - General Emergency Services - Visit our GES page to complete General Emergency Services Training.

Age Eligibility - Mission Scanners must be 18 years of age to begin training

MS - Commander Approval for Prerequisites - The Squadron Commander must sign off on your SQTR.  

Mission Scanner - Familiarization and Preparatory Training - No. of Required Tasks: 22- This series of tasks are generally completed in a classroom environment.  In any case, you must demonstrate to a qualified evaluator that you possess the skills in the list of tasks.  These tasks are described in the Mission Scanner Task Book, which is extracted content from the Aircrew and Flightline Tasks Book.  You can find these guides all over various CAP squadron sites, but to ensure that you have the most current copy, you should go directly to National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) site (CapMembers.com > Emergency Services > National Emergency Services Academy).  Select the MAS link and the Curriculum link from the sub menu.  Find the Mission Scanner study materials and download the Volume 1 Mission Scanner document.  You should also download Operational Mission - Inflight Guide This is a big book, and is best printed double sided on pre-drilled three hole paper. It is a very handy reference.

Commander Approval for Familiarization and Preparatory Training - Once those tasks are signed off, you need to get the Commander's approval to continue your training. 

Mission Scanner - Advanced Training - This includes additional classroom and hands-on skills, in addition to the following separate items:

CAPT117 Part 2: See General Emergency Services Page

FEMA IS100: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100b.asp

FEMA IS700: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is700a.asp

Aircraft Ground Handling Training: https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.SafetyMMS.Web/AircraftGround.aspx (eServices login required)

Mission Scanner - Training Exercises - The part you have been waiting for!  This is where you finally get to go up in a plane and practice your Mission Scanner skills!  You should be briefed on what you need to do to prepare for the training flight, but you should be prepared to do anything that was covered in training.  The more capable you are in all aspects of the crew duties, the more helpful you will be to your MP and MO as they will be able to offload tasks to you.  Two flights are required, and you must successfully complete the tasks assigned to you.  On your SQTR form make sure you add the mission number and the task/sortie numbers.

Final SQTR Upload - When all of your assignments are complete, enter any remaining documents into the SQTR in My Operations Qualifications in eServices.  The top of your SQTR form will have 'Achievement Pending' in yellow text (hard to read on a white background) until you are fully approved.  Hold on to your written SQTR in case of any questions.

Stuff Every Mission Scanner Should Have

You need a Mission Scanner kit to carry all of the stuff you should have.  The following are recommended:
  • A Virginia Gazetteer atlas.  This is a very detailed map book that can be very helpful in locating places, validating you are in the right area, or figuring out where you are.
  • A straight edge (ruler, plotter, etc.).
  • Various pens, pencils and highlighters of different colors.
  • A copy of the Mission Scanner forms that you may need such as photo logs, highbird logs, comm flimsy, grids, etc. These forms are available in the Operational Mission Inflight Guide Appendix B. If you aren't sure, bring one of everything that has a place for you to write in it.  See which ones you need and which you don't.  Keep blanks of the ones you need in your kit at all times.
  • A  binder 3-ring binder to keep your paper in order.  Especially useful if all of your forms are 3-hole punched to keep them in order.
  • A desire to see the wing point at the ground.  You're going to need to do some pretty steep turns to get the right look at the ground sometimes.  If this bothers you, a slot in the aircrew might not be the best choice.

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