The Ultimate Helicopter (or Airplane?) Parent

Filed under: Weird But True

Pilot gives new meaning to helicopter parent. Image: sxc.hu

When an airplane lands anywhere other than on an actual runway, you've got to assume there is some sort of emergency, right? In the case of Robert Kadera, that depends on how you define the word "emergency."

In March, the 66-year-old Lake Villa, Illinois man landed his ski-fitted Piper PA-16 Clipper on the snow at Crane's Landing Golf Course because, get this, his son was running late for his tennis lesson at the Lincolnshire Bath and Tennis Club across the road.

I don't know if the kid made it to his lesson on time, but Kadera's dangerous and illegal landing did not go unnoticed by the authorities. Well, they noticed it, but for some reason they chose to give him a mere slap on the wrist for it. He was originally charged with reckless conduct and endangering the life of a child but pleaded that down to the lesser offenses of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Instead of jail time, he was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision and 60 hours of community service. Oh, and a $500 fine and a $600 contribution to Lake County Crime Stoppers.

Let's forget for a moment that nobody was hurt and no property damage resulted from this incident. The man made an unauthorized landing on a golf course so his precious snowflake wouldn't be late for a tennis lesson! Not only does he need the word "emergency" defined for him, he might also want to look up "entitlement."

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.