June 22, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
What if you had just graduated from college and someone hired you to fly a small trainer airplane around the country? Dream job? Nine flight instructors, most graduates of university aviation programs, got the call from Cessna Aircraft Co. to serve their industry, and all willingly complied. Their new Discover Flying adventure was reported in The Wichita Eagle.
Details of the Discover Flying campaign and videos of the individual pilots are on Cessna’s Facebook page.
One, Edward Honey of St. Louis University, will act as dispatcher for the other eight. They are Conor Dancy of George Mason University, Luis Acosta of Mountain State University; Jen Scanlan of the University of Oklahoma; Ben Alimena of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Zoe Cunningham also of Embry Riddle, Chris Rogers of Kansas State University at Salina; Luke Patterson also of Kansas State Salina; and Taylor Breum of Southern Illinois University.
What do they do? They must attend fly-ins, airshows, and visit FBOs and Cessna Pilot Centers. It’s tough work, but someone had to do it. The overarching goal is to show off the Skycatcher, but in so doing, they promote flying as well and hopefully will attract new pilot candidates to aviation.
The instructors met at Cessna Aircraft for training prior to leaving on their assigned routes. Barnstorming still exists, even in 2012.
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