How one of our readers makes her living in GA

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One of our regular regulars, Brittany Kerr, responded immediately to our call for readers who make their living in general aviation:

“As soon as I got to the airport this morning, I started my day off by reading today’s The Pulse of Aviation from General Aviation News (which has become my daily routine). When I read this, I knew immediately I had to respond!

Since 2010, I have made my living through general aviation in the middle of rural South Dakota.

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Making a living as an ag pilot

G164 Super B Ag Cat Seeding Rice in Northern California

By TRACY T. THURMAN

An ag pilot’s day starts early, just as the sun lifts itself above the horizon. It’s cool in the morning. The air is clean and crisp. Standing on a dew sparkled grass runway watching the landscape emerge into the light of a new day is part of an ag pilot’s daily commute.

The morning calm however, is soon broken by a demanding shout. “Clear!” The ‘tick tick tick tick… whirrrr…’ of a turboprop engine coming to life shatters the serenity and the work day has begun.

All across the country, on air strips in rural valleys and farmlands, the same procedure is repeated. There are millions of acres that need to be planted, treated, and protected. Before most people have had their first cup of coffee, the men and women of agricultural aviation are in motion doing just that.

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Charlie Johnson inducted into Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame

From left:  Joe Thibodeau, Charlie Johnson and Lance Barber, President of Colorado Aviation Historical Society. Photo courtesy of David Kempa.

DENVER, Colorado – Charlie Johnson, president and COO of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Oct. 4.

Johnson, the former president of Cessna, is a well-known industry veteran and advocate of electric propulsion for general aviation. He is a co-founder and director of AEAC, which is planning to offer the first U.S.-sponsored, practical, solar-electric airplane serving the aviation training market. [Read more...]

Jerrie Mock dies at 88

Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the globe, died in her sleep Tuesday, Sept. 30, at her home in Quincy, Florida. She was 88. Mock was 38 and a stay-at-home mother of three living in Ohio when she took off from Port Columbus Airport on March 19, 1964, in the “Spirit of Columbus,” an 11-year-old, single-engine Cessna 180. She completed the round-the-world adventure in 29 days. Read her full obituary here.

Florida resident launches Naval career at Stallion 51

Kris Riel- Future Naval Aviator

Stallion 51’s Mustang assistant crew chief Kris Riel was recently sworn into the US Navy by AvDoc 51’s Dr. W.T. Busch. Dr. Busch is a retired Navy captain who was a Naval Aviator and flight surgeon from 1976 through 2005 before joining Stallion 51 as Senior FAA Medical Examiner.

Kris will continue on at Stallion 51 until he reports to Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., on Oct. 12 for his 12-week training program before reporting to Pensacola Naval Air Station for flight training.

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