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So I thought I would try out some thing new, this a map of roughly where I flew today. It was just a quick flight to Glendale Airport. As you can see I can't fly straight there because of the airspace over Phoenix it is just easier to fly around it all.
In the last few weeks I've joined the Civil Air Patrol. There is a squadron (305) out of Falcon Field in Mesa.
I joined because they do a lot of cool "missions" like search and rescue, homeland security, and in AZ help out with things on the border. You don't have to be a pilot to join and there are lots of different things people do on the ground and in the air that don't require a pilots license. But if you are a pilot the deal is even better because you can get the government to pay for your flying, in other words free flight hours. and for a pilot like me just starting out that is as good as money. The Civil Air Patrol or CAP is funded partly by the Air Force and they oversee what we do but all the members of CAP are volunteers that meet once a week and do training exercises once a month (right now). I haven't started flying yet because there is a lot of paper work I have to do. So I have to wait a little bit.
Today though I did go to a training about marshaling airplanes it wasn't really what I joined CAP for but it was good info. Plus I had a friend fly over with me and paid half the cost because she was building hours too. here are a few pics and some cool planes on the ramp, they are with my cell phone and really bad. but you get the idea.
Check out the tires on this one.