Originally published May 1999
Project Police Press Release written by order of the all-knowing PPHQ Info Czar.
CLASSIFIED Minimum SECRET/PPSNTK [Project Police Special Need To Know]
At Mountain Valley Airport on April 4th, 1998, Jason Payne, a 14 year old self-described "aviationaholic" residing in Rosamond piloted alone, unarmed and unafraid (see below) one heavier than air vehicle sans engine, otherwise known as a Schweizer SGS 2-33 sailplane. His instructor, otherwise known as Dad, deemed the calibration of his sensors (Mark-1 versions of eyeball, ear, and seat-of-pants) suitable, the programming of the flight control software (original issue gray matter) to within FAA spec stability and control standards, and servos (arms and legs) practiced at inputting appropriate stick and rudder deflections. Three times he slipped the surlies with takeoffs and landings within FAA commercial pilot standards.
When asked, "Were you scared?", Jason replied, "No. Dad wouldn't send me solo unless I was really ready!"
OFFICER JIM PAYNE
World Record Holder and EAA Chapter 1000 Glider Guru
YOU BUILD, WE CRITIQUE.
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