AOPA AV8RS Newsletter - September 2012


AOPA is pleased to provide with the first issue of the AOPA AV8RS newsletter. It’s our goal to provide information, expertise and hands-on resources to literally make your dreams take flight. Enjoy!

Spread the word!
While many of you enrolled in AOPA AV8RS at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, we want more teens to take note of our new, free membership. That's why we’re launching a membership drive with the goal of ending 2012 with 5,000 AOPA AV8R members! 

Here's how you can help:

  1. Tell others about AOPA AV8RS through your Facebook and Twitter pages and if they're interested in aviation, encourage them to join.

  2. Become an active participant in the AOPA AV8RS communities on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word about the free AOPA AV8RS membership. Share photos of "where I took my AOPA AV8RS sling bag today" - was it at school, walking the dog, or maybe Starbucks?

  3. Forward this newsletter and encourage others to enjoy the same great benefits that you have including an official member card and AV8RS sling bag, access to dedicated AV8RS content and members-only content on AOPA online, free digital subscription to Flight Training magazine, chances to win flight training scholarships, connect with other AV8RS across the country through Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest and a blog written by teens for teens

AOPA AV8RS Day at Summit!
AOPA AV8RS will enjoy their own "learning and activities" track on Saturday, October 13 at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Free to AOPA AV8RS, the day will be filled with fun and inspiration including a meet-up with the pilots of Flying Wild Alaska! Save the date – more information will be coming your way soon!

Win Cash to Support Your Training!
AOPA's MyFlightTraining at is an online support system designed to encourage and motivate you as you train for your primary certificate. Upon completion of each milestone, you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win $1,000 towards your training as well as other great prizes. If you are aged 16 or older, enroll today!

Questions? Comments? Send them to [email protected]
  16-year-old ties in nation to be youngest pilot to solo in helicopter
Uses website to help raise money for lessons

You have to give Robert Pinksten credit for ingenuity. While most teen-age pilot wannabes work or beg for money from Mom, Dad or other relatives to pay for flight lessons, Pinksten, of Nashua, New Hampshire, has gone to the web.

  NASA's Curiosity lands on Red Planet
2-year investigation aims to find if life ever existed on Mars

If it took you 8 months to get to your destination 352 million miles away, what would be the first thing you’d do on arrival? For NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, the answer was to take a picture.

The one-ton rover touched down on Mars in early August to begin its investigation of the Red Planet. But one of the first things Curiosity did was to take a picture, a wide-angle scene of rocky ground near the front of the rover.
  Pigs really can fly … at least in Flugtag
Red Bull event features homemade, human-powered machines

Everyone has seen birds, insects and airplanes fly. But have you ever seen the following take to the air — Muppets, a baseball bat, a gondola or disguise glasses complete with nose, mustache and bushy eyebrows?

You’ll have a chance to see just that, as well as many more unique “aircraft,” during the 2012 Red Bull Flugtag competitions.  Just how far these flying machines will go, however, will be the question.
  Victor Technologies launches innovation contest
500-word essay can earn you $250 prize

Victor Technologies will award more than $30,000 in prizes for its 2012 “Innovation to Shape the World” contest for students in welding and cutting programs. Three beginning (first or second year) students at secondary or post-secondary schools will win $250 by submitting a 500-word essay supporting the contest theme, and members on three intermediate/advanced teams will each win $500 for completing a welding and cutting project.

The six schools associated with the winners will receive a comprehensive cutting, welding and gas control package valued at $4,000.

Entries are due by Oct. 30, 2012. Contest rules, entry forms and submission guidelines are available at
  Around the world in a solar plane?
Solar Impulse has already shown it can fly day, night without fuel

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg of Solar Impulse have already proven their one-seat airplane can travel day and night using no fuel. But now the pair is getting ready to show the world that is possible to travel around the world using only solar power in their next-generation prototype.

Their first prototype, HB-SIA, has a wingspan that is equal to that of an Airbus A340, but despite its size, it weighs only as much as an average car.
  Meet the world's largest air show team
12 RV pilots combine to wow crowds with formation flying
Team RV is proof that it isn’t always “cheaper by the dozen.” But having the world’s largest air show team with 12 pilots and 12 planes does provide some economies of scale since 12 families are also involved in the business.

“Everyone has skills that they bring to the team,” said founder and flight lead Mike Stewart. Some have business backgrounds, others finance, marketing or public relations skills. Each contributes their strengths to the team’s success.
  Do you dream of flying?
Vision of Flight program lets youths soar
Michael McKenzie is proof that one man can make a difference.

After hearing about the projected shortage of qualified pilots and general aviation professionals by 2020, the Orlando, Fla. businessman decided to do something about it.

In February, McKenzie launched his Vision of Flight program, offering youth ages 14 to 17 in the Orlando metro area 160 hours of aviation instruction. Instruction is given on Saturdays and two days a week after school, and the goal is to nurture teen’s passion for aviation and raise their awareness of aviation as a possible career.
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  In this issue...

Welcome to AV8RS Newsletter

16-year-old ties in nation to be youngest pilot to solo in helicopter

NASA's Curiosity lands on Red Planet

Pigs really can fly ... at least in Flugtag

Victor Technologies launches innovation contest

Around the world in a solar plane?

Meet the world's largest air show team

Do you dream of flying?

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  Test your knowledge

When was the first airport opened? Where? 
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Who was the world’s first female to earn a pilot’s license?
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Who was the first man to break the sound barrier? In what?  
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Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the first powered and piloted airplane in December 1903. How long was their longest flight?
answer >> What is G force?
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  Helpful Homework Links

The Institute for Physics website has many tabs that should help you answer any physics questions, including a most commonly asked questions section. Eyes on the Solar System” is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Need information on Navy history? This is the place to go. The Naval Aviation History Office provides research assistance, maintains record collections and publishes articles, monographs and books on Naval Aviation.



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