September 15, 2009
AOPA Publications staff
The legacy of Vicki Cruse, the aerobatic pilot who died Aug. 22 while representing the United States at an international aerobatic competition, will be celebrated through a memorial scholarship.
The Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship will be administered through the International Association of Women Pilots (Ninety-Nines) Amelia Earhart Scholarship Fund. Funds will go toward providing financial aid to women pilots for emergency maneuver and aerobatic training. The scholarship was announced on Sept. 12 during a memorial service for Cruse, held at Santa Paula Airport in California.
Cruse was president of the International Aerobatic Club and belonged to the Ventura County Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. “Vicki touched many of our lives, inspiring some to pursue advanced training, or even become aerobatic competitors themselves,” said Marion Nauman, past chairwoman of the Ventura County Chapter. “Vicki’s devotion to perfecting flying skills and her many accomplishments will serve as an inspiration to future generations of pilots.”
Contributions to the scholarship fund may be made through a Web site. The Ventura County Ninety-Nines and Lightspeed Aviation have pledged to provide matching funds over the next five years of up to $30,000.
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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