Time to fly: Local teens part of aviation camp

HARLINGEN — Justine Garcia taxied to the runway controlling the 415 Ercoupe double tail plane.

When she was approved for take off, she sped up and began to pull back slowly on the yoke.

That was all it took. The nose of the plane rose upward into the blue sky under the guidance of a professional pilot, Bob Farris, who was sitting right next to her.

“When I took control it was pretty scary,” Garcia, a high school student, said. “There was so much more than just getting into the plane and flying it.”

It was her second hop yesterday as she climbed to 2,000 feet and traveled at 100 knots steering the plane and circling around the sky from a birds-eye view over the Valley.

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