December 21, 2010
By Dan Namowitz
When air charter and fractional ownership company Sky Limo of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wanted to do something community-minded for the holidays, participating in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Winterfest Boat Parade offered a perfect opportunity.
How does an aviation company participate in a boat parade? By putting an airplane on a boat, of course. In this case, the airplane was a 48-foot-long, eight-passenger Sabre 60 business jet. The boat was a barge, with the pairing producing a most unusual float for the boat parade.
That wasn’t all Sky Limo did. The company, its employees, and families collected more than 500 toys which were donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for distribution to children in need.
“We wanted to do something that—to our knowledge—has never been done before, while at the same time encouraging a family atmosphere amongst our employees. This was a project everyone here could have some fun with to celebrate the holiday season while doing something special for the community,” said Sky Limo President Thomas Conlan.
Founded in 1998, Sky Limo Corp. provides air charter, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, and whole and fractional aircraft sales at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, and offices in Orlando, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg/Tampa, Fla.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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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