5,000 kids take flight, thanks to Oregon couple

Larry Durst flew his 5,000th Young Eagle on June 7: Cole Brecht, 12 (far right) of Looking Glass, Ore. Also (l-r): Young Eagles Jesse Brecht, 10, and Lily Creekmore, 11.

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Only one other person has flown more kids for EAA’s Young Eagles program than volunteer pilot Larry Durst.

Since 1994, 5,000 children have taken flight with Durst. Working as a team — he flies, and his wife, Maxine, recruits — the Dursts’ relentless devotion to inspiring kids with aviation has earned the couple the 2013 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award.

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My first plane

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By EDWARD DOLEJSI

The overwhelming desire to buy a plane for the first timer can be the experience of a lifetime. The dream of owning my own plane, the search for the right one, and finally parting with my money, should have started my life in the pilots’ paradise.

Well, “should have” are the operative words here.

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Arizona aviator named Small Business Person of the Year

WASHINGTON D.C. —  Growing up in Pasadena, Calif., John Stonecipher’s future was forged as he watched police helicopters fly overhead. By 18, he was certified to fly. By 19, with an instructor’s certificate in hand, he was teaching others the intricacies of helicopter flight.

Stonecipher was recently named 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year by Karen Mills, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration during SBA’s celebration of National Small Business Week.

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Veteran Alaskan pilot shares the lessons he’s learned

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For John Davis, his storied career in Alaska as a Big Game Hunting Guide and bush pilot began when he was a sophomore in high school in his hometown of Quincy, Wash.

The natural-born storyteller, who just completed a book about his life called “My Memories,” recalls seeing a Piper Cub landing on a narrow gravel road on his family’s ranch. “I was impressed,” he says.

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