March 18, 2009
Like a blockbuster sweeping the Oscars, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s interactive courses recently dominated a communications awards competition, with nine courses taking home a total of 11 trophies. Known as the Addy, the annual awards honor cutting-edge work in a variety of categories, including Internet-based interactive media. The foundation has been honored with Addy awards in previous years, but the 2009 haul is unprecedented.
In addition to numerous gold and silver prizes, the honors included a “best in show” judge’s award for IFR Insights: Regulations—a unique course that, in the judge’s own words, takes a traditionally dry topic and makes it compelling and amusing. The regulations course won two additional awards, including one for its opening exercise, “What’s the Truth,” a video-based interactive challenge modeled after classic TV game shows.
The foundation’s latest installments in the Weather Wise series —Air Masses and Fronts and Precipitation and Icing—also received high honors. Both courses took home gold awards and automatically advance to the next level of the national competition. For a complete rundown of the prizewinning courses, see the list above.
“Best in Show” Judge’s Award
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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