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Civil Air Patrol gets state-of-the-art aircraft

Senator Daniel Inouye Senator Daniel Inouye
Mel Souza Mel Souza

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Pilots consider it the wave of the future, Hawaii Senior Senator Daniel Inouye presents a new airplane to the Civil Air Patrol.

Pilots call it the Porsche of small aircraft. The cessna G1000 is the newest addition to the Civil Air Patrol's fleet.

"It can bring about life saving at a much more accurate and faster rate," Senator Inouye said.

Senator Inouye presents the new plane that has a glass cockpit. It's state-of-the-art instruments are all digital on computer screens. This replaces the current fleet equipped with steam engine gauges like these.

"Of all the sates we have a large area to cover with little islands and as a result we have about 500 volunteers and about ten aircraft," Senator Inouye said.

Those volunteers patrol the islands incase of a tsunami or hurricane.This new aircraft will soon have sirens and speakers to warn people in remote areas of the state.

Paid for by the Air force, it costs more than $450,000.

"This is the state of the art digitalized for those of you who are not in the know but definitely the type of equipment that our military is using and the airlines," said Civil Air Patrol's Mel Souza.

He hopes the plane is just the first of many more to continue the Civil Air Patrol's work of saving countless lives.

The new glass cockpit technology even comes with a collision avoidance system and can almost completely fly itself.

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