Learning Experiences

November 2007 Issue

Pushy Pax?

I bought my first airplane from the local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron commander. I got a good deal, with one condition I thought was a privilege: I was to join the CAP and take part in their exercises and other duties. Soon enough, I was called out on an actual search and rescue mission. The previous day, four students at a local college left Buffalo, N.Y., flying south to near the Pennsylvania border where they were to drop leaflets on the rival college they were scheduled to play Saturday. The weather had been marginal with low clouds and snow flurries down the valley connecting the campuses. The airplane never returned.

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