Certain things in the cosmos must have been aligned correctly for newly minted private pilot Don Belsky. On the day of his successful checkride, he got a surprise in the mail.
Belsky had always wanted to be a pilot. He took his first flight lesson while he was in his teens but had to put off the rest of the training to raise a family. Last year he decided to reinvigorate the dream.
As thousands of other pilots have already discovered, a great way to prepare for a checkride, or enhance learning in general for that matter, is to take the quick and easy Sporty's Safety Quiz through the AOPA Online Safety Center. So far this year, there have been nearly 85,000 completions of the free quiz, which is updated biweekly.
Besides the obvious learning benefits, pilots can also win a Sporty's Air-Scan V Desktop Scanner through a drawing. As luck would have it, Belsky received a scanner on the day of his checkride.
"As I was opening your gift, my family was preparing a surprise celebration for me," Belsky said. "Thank you so much for making an already extraordinarily special day even more so."
The latest quiz is on medical certificates. You can also search the Sporty's Safety Quiz archive for previous quizzes.
September 6, 2005