Frank Doerr of Maryland Heights, Missouri, is the winner of a Sporty's handheld transceiver after attending an AOPA Air Safety Foundation seminar.
Doerr attended the "GPS for VFR Operations" seminar held in St. Louis, Missouri, in June.
This Air Safety Foundation seminar educates pilots of all skill levels on the use of GPS navigation in VFR flight. Through discussion of its advantages, disadvantages, traps and tricks, pilots walk away with better knowledge of GPS and its capabilities.
Doerr believes that this seminar not only teaches pilots about GPS technology, but also serves as a reminder about the future of air navigation.
"This seminar gave me insight into Global Positioning System equipment," said Doerr, "and reminded me that current navigational aides will someday be phased out."
Like most, Doerr's interest in aviation began early. He grew up with an older brother serving in the Air Force during World War II. After returning home, Doerr's brother got his private pilot certificate, and Doerr got his first ride in an airplane.
Doerr began his own flight training in 1953 in Helena, Montana. He currently holds single-engine land and sea ratings.
Information and schedules for all ASF safety seminars can be found in the "AOPA Action" section of AOPA Pilot magazine and on AOPA Online.
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation is celebrating its fiftieth year of providing safety education and research to the general aviation community.
The majority of ASF funding comes from individual pilots' tax-deductible donations.
September 18, 2000