Al Marsh

Cessna 310 sails on new mission

June 13, 2008 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Two men are sailing a raft made of plastic-bottle trash from Long Beach, California, to Hawaii, as you read this to raise awareness of the polluted Pacific Ocean. Their cabin is the fuselage of a 1961 Cessna 310.

The goal is to make you aware of a swirling toilet bowl of debris, most of it plastic, that is twice as large as the United States and swirls forever in the center of the Pacific.

The Cessna 310 is still on the FAA registration list, although its FAA records say a sail is pending. (Get it?) The pending change in registration refers to the sale of the Cessna 310 to Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal, who may not realize the aircraft has a very official paper trail.

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