October 7, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
Ten pilots successfully flew into 48 participating airports in the 2013 Kentucky Airport Challenge. The challenge is a statewide effort designed to get pilots flying and was created, sponsored, and hosted by Tompkinsville Aviation/Missionaire, a fixed-base operator based at Tompkinsville/Monroe County Airport.
Seventy-seven Kentucky pilots signed up to fly to 48 participating airports between July 1 and Sept. 30. Airports handed out passports, and each facility offered an official stamp for challenge participants.
Tompkinsville Aviation hosted a fly-in on Oct. 5 to serve lunch and do prize drawings for challenge participants. The grand prize, sponsored by Stantec Airports Engineers, was an iPad with a subscription to AOPA’s FlyQ EFB electronic flight bag. The winners, AOPA members Robert and Vickie Jost of Murray, Ky., donated the iPad to the high school student pilots at Missionaire.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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