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You Can Fly: Conference is onlineYou Can Fly: Conference is online

Flight Training Experience Project to honor community

The tenth annual Redbird Migration Flight Training Conference is online October 21 and 22 because of coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and safety concerns.

You Can FlyConference speakers include NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg and Hartzell Propeller Chairman Joe Brown, along with others including AOPA President Mark Baker.

The AOPA Flight Training Experience Survey and accompanying in-person awards, which are typically presented during Redbird Migration, are taking a pause. AOPA instead sought stories that inspire, demonstrate resilience in the face of challenges, and show how the flight training community contributes to aviation and communities at large, via video vignettes that will be presented online during the virtual Migration.

More than 80 inspiring videos were received from schools and students across the nation.

“We believe it is important to celebrate the value and significance of the flight training community in this difficult time,” said Chris Moser, AOPA senior director of flight training education. “With the project, we will focus on the community, highlighting the inspiring stories of the flight training community, which has come together in support of one another to overcome the obstacles of climate and economy, and proved resilient in the face of adversity.” 

Redbird Flight Simulations CEO Todd Willinger said that taking Migration online “directly into the homes and offices of flight training professionals” while still allowing them time to focus on their businesses “is the best way to gather our whole community responsibly and effectively.”

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AOPA STEM program in high schools is growing

AOPA’s You Can Fly program is building an aviation STEM curriculum for high schools across America. The program is the first of its kind, offering students comprehensive four-year aviation study options that are aligned to rigorous math and science standards used in many states nationwide. You Can Fly is creating these courses as part of two career and technical education (CTE) pathways: pilot and unmanned aircraft systems (drones). Each pathway will be four years in length, and schools can decide to implement one or more complete pathways, or select individual courses to use as standalone electives.

The You Can Fly program and the AOPA Air Safety Institute are funded by charitable donations to the AOPA Foundation.

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a private pilot with single-engine land and sea ratings and a tailwheel endorsement. He is also a certificated remote pilot and co-host of the award-winning AOPA Hangar Talk podcast. David enjoys vintage aircraft and photography.

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