Nikki, American Airlines, Mondo discussed on Airplane Geeks Podcast


Mex- T as American Airlines flight three hundred from JFK bound for Los Angeles. It had to return after hitting a sign. How does how does an airplane hit the either the airplanes in the wrong place or the signs in the wrong place? No, I would agree with you. And I think most likely the airplane is in the wrong place. This is really quite surprising. When you look at most airports signing, it's usually pretty low close to the ground. So it's hard to imagine side being high enough to to hit a engine or hit a wing or anything like that. So I think this aircraft must have been quite a bit to the left or right of the centerline when it was taking off because it wasn't in the air for more than a half hour before they came back down again with what was described as a a bite missing from one of the wings. Again, we're speaking with are Mondo carry on. Let's let's talk about the civil air patrol are Mondo when I was at sun and fun because I was hanging out with the with Nikki for some of the time while she was volunteering. I got to to sort of watch the civil air patrol cadets in operation as they were providing ramp services safety crowd control things like that for for the show, but your involvement in the civil air patrol your interest kind of started at a pretty young age. Didn't it did that was actually one of those cadets that you saw? And if you can imagine being fourteen years old and getting the chance to go on the other side of the crowd safety line, you know in your marshalling airplanes and probably one of the one of the biggest events for our cadets. Is oskoui. So anybody that goes up to Oscar you'll see? Hundreds of cadets and the the thought of being fourteen fifteen sixteen years old, and you're marshalling in a c forty seven or your marshalling in or wing walking a beat twenty nine or just a fleet of p fifty one's. But at that age, really, you're just as wild by those airplanes as you are by bonanza. So it's just a great organization, and I'm actually really glad that you got to see those cadets sort of in their element. Because that's that's what it's about. It's it's getting them and their interest generated in aviation, and they really were they really were a great bunch of boys and girls both. I think they were it was a pretty good cross section a lot of diversity in the cadet population that I saw anyway in they they had this sort of confidence in wave conducting themselves that. That is impressive for someone. So young. It was interesting. They they did have some scheduled periods of free time. Well, I say free time what that meant was they had to go as a group, and they were to go off into the the areas where there were vendors and displays and things like that. So they they asked the cadets where do they wanna go, and they the almost unanimous desire was to go over to where the US army and the air force had flight simulators setup they want to go. You know, do some flight sitting. Yeah, that's one unique thing about our cadet program. Just as much as the adult senior members. We call them is that it's not tied to a school. It's not tied to a particular communities. So so one thing that we get a little bit different than than junior ROTC. You're the boy scouts or the girl scouts is that you get to to see kids from all walks of life. So if you take sort of any generic city in the US and take these kids some are coming from well to do families, and you put them with underprivileged kids that are getting a chance to get exposed to aviation and really all of the stem subjects and the subject matter that civil patrol has an in its cut syllabus it that's super unique because it's an interaction for those kids kids because they can be as old as eighteen for the cats..

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