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.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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