AOPA is using every opportunity to help boost the pilot population through its Project Pilot initiative. Last weekend, the association reached out to prospective students at the fifth annual Aviation Simulation (AVSIM) Conference in Washington, D.C. After all, the thrill of a flight simulator is just a sample of the exhilaration of jumping into a real cockpit.
Aviation enthusiasts who attended the Project Pilot seminar, "Invitation to Fly," learned what it takes to learn how to really fly and why they should get started right away.
AVSIM attendees also learned about the Project Pilot Web site, which provides online tools to connect AOPA members to student pilots as mentors and helps student pilots overcome obstacles on their way to becoming full-fledged pilots. Current AOPA members attending the AVSIM Convention learned how AOPA Project Pilot provides tips on effective mentoring and how to recruit prospective student pilots, like their fellow flight simulator enthusiasts.
During the convention, AOPA staff also talked to attendees who were former pilots about getting back into flying.
But the main attraction at the AOPA display was the beta version of a flight simulator software add-on by Flight1 - the AOPA Win a Six in '06 Cherokee Six Sweepstakes airplane, which will be available free to AOPA members later this year. HotSeat Chassis provided the flight simulators for the demonstrations.
September 20, 2006