AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2015 - 46

PILOT BRIEFING
CIVIL AIR PATROL EXTENDS
FLEET LIFE 10 YEARS

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THE CIVIL AIR PATROL is doing it, and you
can, too. Congress should be thrilled with
how tax dollars are being used to extend the
life of CAP Cessna 172, 182, and 206 aircraft
by a decade through a highly successful
refurbishment program.
For $115,000 for an older Cessna 172 and
up to $180,000 for a Cessna 206, the CAP
sends its aging aircraft to contract shops
around the nation for new engines, windows, interior, avionics, and paint. Most of
the aircraft are Cessna 172 models. Costs are
higher for the 206s because more expensive
avionics are needed.
The program began with planning in
2008 and has expanded with its success.
At the time this was written there were 13
aircraft in refurbishment, with plans to do
as many as 25 more. "Some of our aircraft

were timing out, and the cost of new aircraft has gone up significantly," said Gary
Schneider, CAP director of logistics. "If we
can extend the life of the ones we have for
another 10 years, that is a good investment.
We can refurbish four or five airplanes for
the cost of a new one."
To date, 21 aircraft have been refurbished. The CAP keeps a fleet not to exceed
550 aircraft, but the organization's role is
changing. Improved emergency transmitters on aircraft pinpoint the location of
even the smallest aircraft, while drones are
expected to take over much of the search
and rescue tasks historically performed by
the CAP, Schneider said.
Refurbishment also has aided in transitioning older CAP pilots to glass cockpits.
In some cases the older analog-style

instruments are retained, along with the
newer glass cockpits purchased initially
from Aspen Avionics and lately Garmin. The
older instruments act as a transition path for
pilots learning to operate aircraft with digital displays, he said.
The work is being done at several shops
to save the CAP from flying aircraft long
distances for refurbishment. The shops
are: BP Air in Lumberton, New Jersey;
Boshart Enterprises and Aircraft Services
in Batavia, New York; and Carson Aviation
Services in Carson City, Nevada. Some of
the shops do both airframe work and avionics work. Painting is done by additional
contractors.
-AKM


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