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Teen’s Malady Prompts Buy of Air Coupe

A heart rate anomaly may have taken away 17-year-old Nic Vust’s dream of becoming a pilot in the military, but it has not stopped him from flying. He piloted a light-sport aircraft from California to Iowa last month and will soon take the written test for a sport pilot license, which does not have such strict medical health requirements. To help people like him, his parents recently bought a light-sport aircraft for their business, Midwest Flying Service, which will allow those who cannot get a regular pilot’s license to rent the aircraft. “I felt their pain,” Nic says. “Flying in general is a whole ’nother feeling.” When his parents bought the aircraft, the 87-year-old owner, who is dying of emphysema, was sad to see it go. “There was tears in his eyes when we left,” Nic’s father says. “We felt horrible taking it.” Nic has been talking to him every few days, though, assuring him that he will treasure the plane.

September 16, 2009

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