ICAS Foundation Aviation Scholarships available

The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) is offering a number of scholarships to assist future pilots, performers and flight instructors to complete the necessary training to reach their goals. There are seven scholarships available, the foundation said on June 16. Information can be found online at www.icasfoundation.org/scholarships.htm.

The ICAS Foundation Scholarship application deadline is ongoing, therefore interested applicants may email their inquiries anytime, but to be considered for any of the 2009 scholarships, they should email John Bowman at jbomez@aol.com by August 1, the announcement said. Scholarship application forms may be found online at: www.icasfoundation.org.

50 million aviation jobs, $3.6 trillion GDP by 2026

Some 50 million jobs and $3.6 trillion of the world’s gross domestic product will depend on aviation by 2026, according to a report from Oxford Economics which provides an in-depth look at the aviation industry’s contribution to global economic development and social prosperity, while considering what that really means for individual countries, regions, towns, families and species. That forecast was contained in the report “Aviation: The Real World Wide Web” posted June 15 on the transportgooru.com Web site.

The 120 page report is offered along with four page summaries in English, French, German and Spanish.

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Virginia Festival of Flight ‘a resounding success’

Photograph by Mike Likavec
Photograph by Mike Likavec

Photograph by Mike Likavec

After what its organizers called “the best organized and smoothest two-day setup ever,” tired volunteers who were ready for the 12th Virginia Regional Festival of Flight watched helplessly as a severe thunderstorm blew in, the evening of May 29, and flattened tents, tossed chairs and tables, turned over Port-A-Potties and wreaked havoc with a food vendor’s equipment. Upon surveying the damage under bright, clear skies on opening day, May 30, volunteers and vendors “quickly put everything right in time for the 8am opening bell,” at the Suffolk, Virginia, airport said organizer DeWitt Whittington.

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Women’s Air Race draws Colorado pilots

A couple of Colorado pilots are preparing to compete in their first air race as the 2009 women’s transcontinental Air Race Classic comes to Denver. According to a June 11 news release, Marijke Unger of Longmont and Kara Pruitt of Broomfield will taxi up to the hold line at Centennial Airport on June 23 for this year’s competition, which marks the 80th anniversary of women’s air racing. The two will compete in Unger’s 1976 Bellanca Citabria-a two-seat, aerobatic, fabric-covered aircraft with a 150-hp engine, joining 33 other teams scheduled to fly the 2715-mile route over 4 days, with Atlantic, Iowa as their final destination.

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