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Events: GIFT on the road

Training camp for women set for June

Girls in Flight Training (GIFT) Academy, an innovative camp for women that helps them overcome obstacles in training, will hold an event in Wisconsin in June.

Wisconsin GIFT Week 2021 will be June 13 through 19 in Sheboygan Falls. The nonprofit GIFT also plans to resume its annual academy in Vernon, Texas, scheduled for October 10 through 16.

CFI Mary Latimer created GIFT in 2010 to address a need to provide women low-cost flight instruction in a supportive setting. Yearly events held in Vernon have produced solos, checkrides, successful knowledge tests, and more. Pilots at all levels are invited.

GIFT events halted in 2020 because of COVID-19. This year, the organization is taking its successful formula on the road, as well as returning to Vernon. Volunteers donate time and/or aircraft to the effort. The immersive event allows participants to network and create friendships within the aviation community.

Wisconsin GIFT Week will take place at Sheboygan County Memorial Airport in Sheboygan. Registration is $250, which covers ground and flight instruction and lunch and snacks each day. Hourly aircraft rates are estimated to be $100 wet. Space is limited. Contact Bridgett Nottestad ([email protected]) for more information, or to register.

The Vernon GIFT event is $175 to register, which includes ground and flight instruction and lunch daily.

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Endeavor awards go virtual

The endeavor awards,an annual event honoring the pilots, individuals, organizations, corporations, and government agencies that provide free flights to those in need, will be held virtually this year on June 10. Continuing with its trademark Hollywood style, the award ceremony will feature actor Greg Kinnear as emcee along with Sean D. Tucker and Peter Weber (aka Pilot Pete) from The Bachelor. The Endeavor Awards event is produced and presented by Angel Flight West, a charitable aviation organization that serves the 12 Western states with more than 5,000 flights annually. The awards recognize the pilots who provide charitable flights and raises money for Angel Flight.

Jill W. Tallman

Jill W. Tallman

AOPA Technical Editor
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who is part-owner of a Cessna 182Q.

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