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.
AOPA is offering special aircraft financing for flying clubs as a way to help new flying clubs acquire quality aircraft while aiding existing clubs that want to expand their fleets.
An annual celebration of aviation in Imperial County, California, drew a large number of local residents to the Imperial County Airport.
An AOPA-backed bill would create a partial abatement of property or sales and use taxes for Nevada businesses that repair aircraft or components.
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