June 28, 2005
The rev of an aircraft engine, soaring through clear blue skies - those are just two of the many allures of aviation that can fill people with a passion for flight. Jacqueline Jenkins experienced that charm Saturday during her introductory flight in Florida, which she won while attending a "How to Start Learning to Fly" seminar during AOPA's Fly-In and Open House June 4 in Frederick, Maryland.
"When my hour was up, I didn't want to land. I was having too much fun," Jenkins wrote in an e-mail to AOPA. "There is nothing that has given me more pleasure than soaring through the air in the cockpit of an airplane."
Jenkins, who lives in Florida, was introduced to flying by former U.S. Navy pilot and AOPA member Carl Logan of Arlington, Virginia. Logan started mentoring Jenkins after they met in Florida on business, and he is currently helping her check out flight schools.
"When I shared my dream with Commander Logan, he took me 'under his wings' and up on my very first flight," Jenkins wrote. "It was after this experience that I knew that I had to fulfill my heart's desire."
AOPA gave away gift certificates to 14 other future pilots to help them get their training started on the right foot with an introductory flight. The free first flights and educational seminars were part of AOPA's Project Pilot initiative - an effort to help pilots pass along their skill and enthusiasm to student pilots.
"After this flight from AOPA, I am more determined than ever to get my private pilot's license," Jenkins continued.
June 28, 2005
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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