March 5, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
When student pilot Johnny Pineyro saw a newspaper article about Challenge Air, an organization that introduces children with physical disabilities and life-threatening illnesses to aviation, he was determined to get involved.
So when he heard about a Feb. 23 event in his home state of Florida, Pineyro hopped in a plane and headed to Orlando Apopka Airport to spend a day doing something positive for kids and for general aviation. Some 80 children and young adults, ages 7 through 25, participated in the event, taking free 30-minute flights and even handling the controls.
“The best part of the experience was seeing the kids—the anticipation before the flight and then the excitement when they got out of the aircraft,” said Pineyro, who photographed the event. “They were just so excited, they started jumping around. It was a very emotional experience for them and for me.”
Pineyro, an attorney who has about 100 hours of flight time to date, says he will continue to volunteer with Challenge Air, starting by manning the organization’s booth at Sun ’n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., next month. “As I get more hours and qualify, I’d love to fly the kids,” he added.
March 5, 2008
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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