May 20, 2014
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.
The U.S. winners were announced in March, and then forwarded to Switzerland for the international competition. The first-place U.S. winners include Jidapa Janathompoing of Lexington, Mass. in the 6-to-9-year-old category; Sky Waters, of Eagan, Minn. in the 10-to-13-year-old category; and Justin Lee, of Herndon, Va. in the 14-17-year-old category.
The artwork was judged for its originality, creativity and use of the theme by a panel that included Margaret Finch, an artist who specializes in aviation art; Debbie Gallaway, former U.S. representative to the FAI and former NASA education coordinator; and Art Greenfield, the director of contest and records for the NAA.
All three received ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork.
To be eligible for the national judging, students had to participate in state-wide art contests and place first, second or third in one of the three age groupings.
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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