Wed, Sep 07, 2005
Flying Damage-Assessment Flights, Using Satellite-Transmitted
Digital Imaging Technology
Members of the Civil
Air Patrol's Louisiana Wing have been tasked to assist relief
efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Damage-assessment flights are being flown from mission bases in
both Lake Charles, La., and Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana.
Louisiana Wing Commander Col. Rodney Ammons is directing the
overall effort from Shreveport, La., and Col. Rock Palermo,
incident commander, is managing air and ground operations from the
mission base located in Lake Charles.
Wing aircrews are assisting federal agencies by taking aerial
photographs of facilities for damage assessment and operational
planning. The photographs are also being used to help establish
alternate staging areas on the ground as operations are limited at
both the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and
One of the wing aircraft flying out of Lake Charles is equipped
with satellite-transmitted digital imaging technology, which allows
aircrews to take photographs with a digital camera, process them
through a laptop computer and transmit them by satellite phone to
provide almost real-time data to personnel on the ground.
Louisiana Wing Director of Operations Lt. Col. Arthur Scarbrough
and Louisiana Wing Emergency Services Officer Capt. Pat Yglesias
are coordinating state and federal agency requests from the Office
of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge.
The CAP National Operations Center is receiving and approving
these requests for assistance.
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