February 12, 2010
By Jill W. Tallman
What would you do if, knee-deep in a King Schools online course, you picked up your telephone to find John King on the other end of the line?
That’s what happened to Colorado pilot Rhonda Doyle, who learned from King that she had won the 2010 King Schools Sweepstakes Cessna Skyhawk. “I was sitting at my desk, studying for my instrument rating and watching John King on my computer, when suddenly the phone rang and there he was on the line. I was a little confused at first, so when he told me that I had won I didn’t believe it. But, when Martha [King] joined in the conversation, I knew it was for real!”
King Schools gave away the Cessna 172 in its Future of Flight sweepstakes. The Cessna 172S Skyhawk has a Garmin G1000 glass panel with WAAS and a GFC700 autopilot.
Doyle is a commercial-rated pilot who supervises the Snowboard School at Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado. She hopes to become a tour pilot. A video of Doyle picking up her airplane at Montgomery Field in San Diego, Calif., is available online.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
Advocates for Santa Monica Municipal Airport gathered Aug. 25 to rally support for Measure D, a ballot initiative that would require voter approval before the airport can be closed or redeveloped.
“I never went to an FBO I thought was fun,” said Michael Thayer. Determined to change that, he opened Flying Tigers Aviation at Chino Airport in Chino, California, in June 2013.
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