Windtee Aviation Art asks:
Q: How popular is the PP/IA (Private Pilot/Instrument Airplane) check ride combo? Is it on the rise? I've seen more applicants combine their Private Pilot and Instrument Airplane check rides.
A: That combination has been allowed since 2011 and the latest published U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics end with 2012. Although it seems to be gaining popularity, we simply do not have enough data to conclude anything about the trend.
--Adam Williams, AOPA Aviation Tech Specialist
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Be persistent, open to all possibilities
For Steve Buss, there is no average day on the job.
“Every day is a new challenge,” says Buss, vice president of development and director of the CAF Airpower Museum in Midland, Texas. “I have a plan going into the day on what I will do, but depending on who calls on the phone or shows up at my door, that can rapidly change.”
A recent day showed how true that is. A museum visitor who noticed their F-14 on display mentioned to an employee that he worked on Tomcats in the early 1980s. All of a sudden, they were looking up the serial number of the plane they had, only to discover it was on the carrier the visitor had worked on.
Meet AOPA AV8R, Aly Bond
Aly Bond says the hardest part of learning to fly is staying motivated when you’re too young to get your license, and busy with homework and other activities.
But thankfully, the thought of becoming a private pilot is all the 16-year-old AV8RS member from Columbus, Ohio needs to stay on track. “No one else in my high school goes flying,” she says. “It’s this feeling of accomplishment that I am doing something that most teens have never even dreamed off.”
That motivation is especially important when things don’t go as planned.
Wagstaff: ‘I could do better’
Growing up with a father who worked as a captain for Japan Airlines, Patty Wagstaff always knew she wanted to fly someday. But it took an airplane crash to make her decide the time to do so was now.
“I always thought that flying was cool, romantic and exciting,” Wagstaff says. “I always said I wanted to be like Dad, but I was told girls couldn’t become airline pilots.”
So as Wagstaff grew older, she put flying in the back of her mind. But flying came to the forefront again after she moved to Alaska for a job and had to travel to remote villages only accessible by plane. The first plane she chartered crashed on takeoff. “No one was hurt,” she recalls, “but it made me realize the pilot was an idiot and that I could do better.”
You decide: Round-the-world flight seeks student input
Judy Rice is flying around the world, and you can help her do it.
While you can’t be in the cockpit, you can help Rice and navigator Fred Nauer make major decisions that will impact where they go and what they do. In fact, more than 20,000 students in 25 countries and 31 U.S. states are already following and helping with the flight.
Think Global Flight officially launched on April 3 from SUN ’n FUN in Lakeland, Fla. in a Cirrus SR22T. As part of their proposed route, Rice and Nauer will fly around the U.S. this spring and summer, before heading to Europe in the fall. Throughout the flight, Rice will interact with students using Skype calls, apps and online video.
Not your average math, science camp
It’s like living inside a video game.
The National Flight Academy opened in May 2012 and has served 2,000 students from 40 states and three foreign countries with their six-day deployment for students in grades 7-12 each summer. Participants, called AMBITION Experimental Pilots or AXPs, live in the 102,000-square-foot facility while experiencing hands-on virtual reality gaming using advanced technology including flight simulators.
Called the USS AMBITION and located on NAS Pensacola, the building is designed to simulate a modern aircraft carrier. View it through a virtual tour.
Students immediately notice the environment is different from anything they have ever experienced, says Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, CEO and president. “Everything — the looks, the sounds, even the smells — are like you are on a ship.” Vision outside the building is restricted, so it appears that you are at sea.
Time for change: Group hopes to increase percentage of female fliers
In 1929, when The Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots was organized, about 6 percent of licensed pilots were women. Eighty-five years later, in 2014, still only 6 percent of licensed pilots are female.
One Virginia group is trying to change that.
Women Can Fly is a volunteer organization whose mission is to promote flying to women of all ages, says Barb Wilper, 2014 coordinator of Women Can Fly Virginia. Women and girls ages 8 and up can sign up for a free flight this month. Events will be held at Hampton Roads Executive Airport on June 21 and Charlottesville Albemarle Airport on June 28. Two other events were held in May.
Winning artwork proves flying can save lives
If you view the winning artwork of an aviation youth art contest, one thing is clear: Flying can save lives.
That’s not by coincidence. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and National Aeronautic Association came up with that theme for its 2014 International Aviation Art Contest, which is designed to motivate and encourage young people of FAI member nations to become familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering and science. The National Association of State Aviation Officials managed the contest in the United States, receiving artwork from more than 4,800 students living in 29 states.
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Contributing Writer: Barbara A. Benish
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