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Welcome to the February issue of the AOPA AV8RS newsletter filled with information, expertise and hands-on resources to literally make your dreams take flight. Enjoy!
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As a boy, Sean D. Tucker dreamed of being Superman and flying through the sky. But since he had no super powers, he did the next best thing. He became a private pilot. Tucker, however, always worried he would stall the plane. To overcome that fear, he decided to take aerobatic lessons. Anyone who has seen him fly is glad he did. Today, Tucker is one of the top aerobatic performers in the world. He has won numerous aerobatic competitions, as well as entertained more than 80 million fans in more than 1,000 performances at 425 air shows.
Which of the following careers are you most interested in?
Major/national airline pilot
Air Traffic controller
Ever since Logan Gray can remember, he’s watched airplanes fly over his home. And for just as long, he’s wanted to pilot one of those planes. So it should be no surprise that Logan, 16, already has 65-plus hours in the air. But what might be surprising is that Logan and his former flight instructor, Jacob Goering, 26, are planning an around-the-world flight that will make Logan the youngest circumnavigator of the Earth’s equator. A sophomore at Southwestern High School in Jefferson County, Indiana, Logan said he started taking flying lessons right after sixth grade. Goering was his first flight instructor.
Markie Ell is your average high school sophomore. She’s busy between sports – soccer and golf – and homework. But this 15-year-old from Bismarck, N.D. has a new passion, thanks to a basic aviation class at Century High School and she is now planning to get her private pilot’s certificate. In fact, she’s already signed up to take Aviation 2 next year where she will help build a plane. Markie credits her teacher, Mike McHugh, with helping her catch the aviation bug. "He taught me a lot of important stuff about flying," she said. "I learned a lot through him and he’s made it very interesting." The class covers the basics of aviation and discusses aviation-related careers. Students also get to fly simulators and take two flights with an instructor. While her second flight won’t occur until later this spring, Markie said the airplane rides are the best part of the class.
There’s nothing like dreaming high, reaching for the stars... even blasting off. More than 50 student teams, from middle school through college, will do just that as they take part in NASA’s 2012-13 rocketry challenge. The challenge has the teams, which represent schools in 26 states around the country, designing and building a large, high-powered rocket, complete with a working science or engineering payload and capable of flying to the target altitude of 1 mile. NASA created the challenge to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM, or science, technology, engineering or mathematics, fields.
Forget about staring at a blank canvas. More than 30 artists had something much bigger andmuch more imposing to stareat – discarded military aircraft left to die and rust in the desert of Arizona’s "bone yards." Contemporary artists used World War II aircraft as their canvas in "The Bone Yard Project: Return Trip," which was displayed at the Pima Air & Space Museum in 2012. But the project goes back to 2010 when first conceived by Eric Firestone and organized by curator Carlo McCormick. "The Bone Yard Project: Nose Job," featuring nose cone art, made its debut in 2011. In a video on the Bone Yard Projects website, McCormick said he was intrigued by the idea of taking random elements, rescued from the scrap heap, and having artists use them as very large canvases. .
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Contributing Writer: Barbara A. Schmitz
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