April 7, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
The Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol named its newest squadron the “George H. W. Bush Composite Squadron” at a ceremony in College Station, Texas, at the end of March.
“We were delighted that President Bush has agreed to lend his name to our fledgling squadron,” said Lt. Col. Don Wheeler, squadron commander.
One other CAP squadron bears a president’s name. The Independence Composite Squadron in Independence, Mo., was renamed the Harry S. Truman Composite Squadron in 1973. CAP’s 52 wings consist of more than 1,600 units nationwide.
The George H.W. Bush Composite Squadron will use a new unit emblem that incorporates elements taken from events in the life of President Bush.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.
An Arizona airport ramp usually packed with business aircraft was transformed to a venue for fun and joy for 135 special-needs children and family members.
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