January 7, 2010
By Jill W. Tallman
Deputy Sheriff Dan Hodess received a flight training scholarship from Able Flight and is earning a sport pilot certificate.
A law enforcement officer who lost his legs in an accident while he was assisting a stranded motorist is the newest recipient of a pilot scholarship from Able Flight with assistance from Bombardier.
Deputy Sheriff Dan Hodess is the first recipient of the Bombardier-Able Flight scholarship. Able Flight is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help people with disabilities learn to fly.
On April 15, 1998, Hodess was on his way to work when he stopped to help a motorist on I-95 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. While he was out of his cruiser, another car struck him and pinned him between the two vehicles. The 61-mph impact severed his legs. He spent several months in recovery and rehabilitation with new prosthetic limbs.
Hodess recently passed the sport pilot knowledge test and is training at Orlando-Gateway Sport Pilot Flight Training Center in Kissimmee, flying a Remos GX.
“We are pleased to work with Bombardier to create this opportunity for Dan as it recognizes his determination to continue to rebuild his life and to inspire others by doing so,” said Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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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