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Local CAP Squadron Flies Catholic High School Science Teacher, Mrs. Tiffany Meek

* Release Submitted by Captain Ken Best, CAP* 

Local CAP squadron flies Catholic High School science teacher

By: Captain Ken Best, CAP

Baton Rouge, La. - On Monday, February 28, 2022, the Capital City Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) took Ms. Tiffany Meek, a high school teacher, on a Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) flight from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. 

CAP’s nationwide TOP program is designed to familiarize teachers with flight and to help them develop their presentation of aerospace education to their students. Its intention is to motivate teachers to bring aviation to their students who then may participate as cadets in CAP or go on to aviation careers in the military or civilian aerospace industry. The CAP program is further designed to alleviate the shortage of pilots both in the military and in the commercial sectors of the aviation community. 

Mrs. Meek teaches aerospace engineering and biology at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. She also serves as the fishing club moderator. Catholic High’s aerospace engineering class focuses on the study of the engineering discipline which develops new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration. The course explores the evolution of flight, flight fundamentals, navigation and control, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel and related careers. 

Having recently completed a unit on forces of flight, Mrs. Meek plans to share with her classes her flight experience and numerous pictures taken before and during her orientation flight. Several of her students plan to attend military academies and to pursue engineering careers. Therefore, she is interested in having members of the CAP squadron serve as guest speakers.

Describing her experience, Mrs. Meek said, “It was a completely exciting perspective viewing my school and home aerially at a relatively low altitude.” She also stated, “I was most impressed with the ability of Major John McCrory, my pilot, to simultaneously operate the plane, jot notes, scan the radar, communicate with the air control tower, and educate me during the flight.”

Mrs. Meek also stated that she was very pleased to learn about the extensive safety procedures required before and after flight. Further, she said that she was extremely grateful for the experience provided to her as an educator in Civil Air Patrol’s program.

About Civil Air Patrol.  Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and more than 2,100 small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 107 lives in fiscal 2020. CAP’s 56,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Members also serve as mentors to over 23,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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Contact information:

Captain Ken Best, CAP 
Capital City Composite Squadron Assistant Public Affairs Officer
225-293-8010 (office)
225-316-8743 (cell)
jkbestco@att.net  

Catholic High School teacher Tiffany Meek at the controls of the CAP Cessna C-182 aircraft just prior to takeoff from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan airport.

Photo by Capt. Ken Best, CAP. 

Baton Rouge Catholic High School teacher Tiffany Meek and CAP pilot Major John McCrory standing beside the CAP Cessna C-182 aircraft in which Mrs. Meek took her teacher orientation flight at Baton Rouge Metropolitan airport.

Photo by Capt. Ken Best, CAP

 

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