SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Teenagers with a love for flying and saving lives gathered today in Springfield to sharpen their skills at the controls of a single engine Cessna 172, though they didn’t actually have to take off to meet the challenges of flying.
The Civil Air Patrol installed an in-flight simulator at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Springfield for Saturday’s gathering of C.A.P. cadets.
“The flight simulator really gives us a broad new perspective on how to fly, fuel levels, directions, wind directions.” 17-year-old Connor Smith told 22News, the simulator helped him overcome some challenges.
Civil Air Patrol cadets can learn to fly at thirteen, but aren’t permitted to fly solo until they’re sixteen year old.
Civil Air Patrol members from Westover Air Reserve base, Barnes Air National Guard base and Greenfield attended today’s session in Springfield
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