Texas Father-Son Pilot Team Deliver New Aircraft
One of the Texas Wing’s newest cadet pilots recently teamed with his father, a fellow flyer, in delivering a brand-new aircraft to the Stinson Composite Squadron in San Antonio.
Cadet Lt. Col. Ian Urquiola of the David Lee (Tex) Hill Composite and his father, Capt. Mauricio Urquiola, the squadron’s commander, flew the aircraft from Textron Aviation Inc.'s Cessna Customer Delivery Center at Independence Municipal Airport in Kansas.
The Urquiolas got a flight to the Kansas airport Dec. 18 courtesy of Lt. Col. Lee Saage, Georgetown Composite Squadron maintenance officer.
The new aircraft was one of seven new aircraft added to Civil Air Patrol’s fleet. The organization is the world’s largest single-engine piston aircraft operator.
The younger Urquiola received his private pilot certificate Aug. 14 at San Marcos Regional Airport.
Doing so fulfilled a dream that began nearly 5½ earlier when he joined Civil Air Patrol in February 2018, the day he turned 12, followed by an orientation flight by his father.
The 600-mile flight from Kansas to Stinson Municipal Airport, just south of San Antonio, took a bit over five hours with a fuel stop at Mineral Wells, just west of Dallas.
The cadet is working on his instrument rating, making the flight a great learning experience – his father is also a certificated flight instructor-instrument.
“It was great to see behind the scenes of how CAP acquires their aircraft and delivers them to the squadrons that need them,” the new pilot said. “Also, the Cessna Customer Delivery Center was an impressive site with all the new CAP airplanes in there.”
The new aircraft was delivered to Maj. Roger Reed, commander of the Alamo Composite Squadron, where it replaced a 1986 model.
Capt. Roger Aylstock
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David Lee (Tex) Hill Composite Squadron