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Plane's landing not par for the course

By Lisa Black and Emily S. Achenbaum | Tribune reporters

March 4, 2008

What do you do when your son is late to a tennis tuneup and team tryouts are two days away?

A Lake Villa man hopped in his Piper Clipper airplane Saturday, breezed above the congested roads and landed at a golf course across a highway from the tennis club, where skis on the underside of his four-seater glided across the snow-covered fairway.


Lake Villa resident Robert Kadera, 65, unfastens a tension cable to remove ski landing gear from his 1949 Piper Clipper as he prepares it for transport Monday at Ernie's Service Center in Vernon Hills. Kadera, who landed his plane on the Marriott Lincolnshire Golf Course Saturday, had the plane towed to Ernie's by the Lincolnshire Police Department.

Police received worried calls about a plane circling twice, then touching down at the Crane's Landing golf course at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. Officials thought they might have a crash, with victims to attend to.

Instead, they found Robert Kadera, 65, and his 14-year-old son trudging through the snow, Prince racket and a bag of tennis balls in hand. They had parked on the 7th fairway, just 20 feet south of the retaining wall for Illinois Highway 22.

"We're all pretty dumbfounded," Lincolnshire Police Chief Randy Melvin said Monday. "I don't have any idea what the guy was thinking. ..... He was going to park his plane across the street like nobody would notice."

Police are investigating the possibility of charges, which at the minimum could include trespassing, he said. Kadera didn't ask Marriott Lincolnshire for permission to land at the golf course, Melvin said.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that it is investigating the incident, which occurred at about 1:50 p.m. The FAA "will look at what happened and why," said spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory.

It will review the pilot's certification, whether rules of flight were followed and whether the aircraft was properly maintained, she said. The FAA could impose civil penalties that could result in revoking the pilot's certification, she said.

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I try not to jump to conclusions, but it's very hard to not think:

rich, don't give a **** dad + spoiled kid = bad combination

How do you think people with real problems feel when they hear about this sort of stuff?

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