The IMC Club and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) have inaugurated a new skill-building center at AirVenture 2014. The IFR Proficiency Center will be a hub for instrument pilots and will feature Tech Talks, IMC Club chapter meetings, and eight Redbird flight simulators on which pilots can gauge their instrument proficiency by flying various approach scenarios.
Every year, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) presents the Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award to a group or organization in recognition for its exceptional contributions to the advancement of flight. Receiving the 2014 honor will be the Young Eagles Program of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
While there’s no doubt the FAA has a lot of control over general aviation, what’s happening closer to home may be — ultimately — more important. Having a City Council or a state government that’s a fan of general aviation can make all the difference in the world.
Just ask Christopher Willenborg, administrator of the aeronautics division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and chairman of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO).
Four students, a teacher, and two advisors from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada —which won the second General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge — began building a Glasair Sportsman airplane June 16 at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington.
The team, which was announced as the winner of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition last month, will assemble the aircraft over the next two weeks.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) has created the Henry M. Ogrodzinski Scholarship Program. The program will be run through NASAO’s Center for Aviation Research and Education and will award scholarships to dependents and spouses of NASAO members that are in good standing.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has opened its flight training poll, a survey that allows student pilots to offer feedback on their flight training experiences.
This is the third year for the poll, which provides data on the performance — good and bad — of flight schools and instructors as a means of adopting best practices and improving the customer experience.
Three aviation leaders were elected to the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Board of Directors in May, each for three-year terms: Sherry Knight Rossiter of Missoula, Montana, Dr. Donna Wilt of Melbourne, Florida, and Ken Wittekiend of Burnet, Texas.
The International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA), a worldwide organization for women who hold executive positions across the entire spectrum of the aviation and aerospace industry, was invited by the Galería de Aviación Latinoamericana, GALA (Latin American Aviation Gallery) to accept an award given to Amelia Earhart.
From a pilot’s perspective, the enemy of positive change is self-interest and bureaucracy, and both were well represented during the recent meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago. According to a blog post from Flying Magazine’s Robert Goyer, an AMA committee voted to oppose the FAA’s proposed driver’s license medical by directing lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., to defeat the rule change.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation will award 11 scholarships in 2014 to help support outstanding student pilots. Ten of the scholarships will provide $5,000 each and an 11th scholarship will award $12,000 to student pilots pursuing an FAA sport, recreational or private pilot certificate.