April 2, 2011
By Ian J. Twombly
Rodney Mullinax of Texico, Ill., is on his way to Alaska. Mullinax, a CFI and airplane owner, is the winner of the Thirty-fifth Anniversary King Schools Sweepstakes. As part of the prize, Mullinax will receive a seaplane rating from Alaska Floats and Skis in Talkeetna, Alaska.
John and Martha King stopped to see Mullinax and his wife Jana on their way to Sun ’n Fun to deliver the prize. Prior to the stop, John explained to Mullinax that he wanted to ask him about risk management and get feedback on their courses. Since Mullinax has used many King courses in the past, he also asked for it to be taped and documented. Mullinax agreed, and the hook was set.
After arriving, the Kings asked Mullinax to see his airplane, and then started asking about new experiences in aviation. It turns out Mullinax is teaching Jana how to fly, and that he likes to learn and push himself. John wasted no time in asking about seaplanes, which Mullinax agreed would be great.
Then the lightbulb went off. Suddenly Mullinax spun around, covered his eyes, and even shed a tear or two of joy as he realized he was the winner.
As part of the package, Mullinax gets a new Redbird Flight Simulations TD simulator; a King Private Pilot Get-It-All Kit, which Jana will use for her flight training; $1,000 spending money; and airfare and accommodations for the rating.
“I feel like maybe I was a little slow catching on,” said Mullinax. “But I can’t thank King Schools enough.”
All of King Schools’ paying customers are eligible for the yearly sweepstakes.
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