November 13, 2010
By Dave Hirschman
U.S. Marine Capt. Gabriel Glinsky, a V-22 Osprey pilot who taught a civilian ground school for 20 fellow Marines during a nine-month combat tour in Afghanistan, received the AOPA’s 2010 “Let’s Go Flying” award Nov. 13 at AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif.
Glinsky, a civilian flight instructor before joining the military, volunteered to teach ground school in Afghanistan because so many of the enlisted Marines in his squadron wanted to become pilots.
“They’re interested in flying, and they’ve got the ability to learn, self-discipline, and persistence to make great pilots,” Glinsky said. “The cost of learning to fly is a barrier, and teaching ground school was a small way for me to help them get started.”
Several members of Glinsky’s class have successfully completed the FAA knowledge exams since returning home, and one was scheduled to fly his first solo cross-country trip this week.
“Teaching ground school helped me a great deal while I was over there,” Glinsky said. “It gave me something positive to focus on, and the time went by very quickly.”
Other awards presented during Summit include:
— Dave Hirschman
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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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