August 20, 2008
Nathan A. Ferguson
CFI Ron Carroll (left) with Gov. Sonny Perdue Photo by Sheri Christianson, Aerial Innovations of Georgia
Besides legislation, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is beating air molecules into submission.
The second-term Republican recently added private helicopter privileges to his pilot certificate. The governor already held a commercial airplane certificate with single- and multiengine ratings. Having started flying in his youth, he now has more than 2,800 total hours.
“A hearty congratulations! I envy you,” said AOPA President Phil Boyer. “Other than navigation and communications, little from your past background, or mine, assists in the rating you have earned. Great work!”
Perdue, 61, did his training in a Robinson R44 at Blue Ridge Helicopters, Inc. in Lawrenceville, Ga. He used his vacation time to satisfy the solo requirements.
Perdue has shown the value of general aviation to political campaigning. He flew a Bellanca Super Viking to campaign stops around the state in his successful 2002 bid for the Georgia governorship. For more about his aerial exploits, see Tom Haines’ blog posting.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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