Classes available for motorcyclists

USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bill Seaman, 27th Special Operations Wing mission enhancement flight superintendent, teaches a motorcycle safety class to base personnel on Feb. 2 at the Landing Zone. The safety course training is required by Air Force Instruction for all active duty personnel who ride a motorcycle on or off duty.

By Senior Airman Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs

Free beginner and basic rider courses are now at Cannon Air Force Base. This safety course is required for all active duty personnel who drive or ride as a passenger on motorcycles. In a mandate from the United States Special Operations Command commander, all personnel who ride must complete a refresher course every three years.

The 27th Special Operations Wing Safety office will be establishing a monthly schedule of courses. The next course, for riders with previous experience, is scheduled for Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Motorcycles are currently not provided by the base. Each person must bring their own to class.

To attend this course, each person must bring all personal protection equipment specified in AFI 92-207, which are:

  • Head protection: A helmet, certified to meet current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218, Snell Standard M2005, shall be worn and properly fastened under the chin.
  • Eye protection: Goggles, wrap around glasses, or a full-face shield (properly attached to the helmet) designed to meet or exceed American National Standards Institute Standard Z87.1, UNECE 22.05, or BS6658 for impact and shatter resistance will be worn and properly used. A windshield does not constitute proper eye protection.
  • Protective clothing: Wearing of a long sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers and full-fingered gloves or mittens is required. Gloves or mittens will be made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material. Gloves should be a sturdy, non-slip type to permit a firm grip on the controls. Wearing of a motorcycle jacket and pants constructed of abrasion resistant materials such as leather, Kevlar or Cordura containing impact absorbing padding is strongly encouraged.
  • Foot protection: Sturdy, over the ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles such as durable leather or ballistic-type cloth athletic shoes that cover the ankles may be worn. Sandals, low quarters, sneakers and similar footwear will not be used.

For information on these classes, how to register or to check future dates, contact the Cannon safety office at 784-4470.