Amy White, featured in a past post about her training with her mother, Vi, is now a private pilot. Her mom writes proudly: “Just to give you an update: Amy took her check ride today (Friday, May 10) on her 17th birthday; she is now a licensed private pilot!” Congratulations Amy!
Aviation faces some fundamental issues: While the FAA reports there were 41% fewer private pilot certificates issued over the last decade, Boeing is projecting the need for 460,000 new pilots globally by 2031. Meanwhile, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is reporting that up to 80% of student pilots drop out of training.
“It’s a mathematical equation that tells us that we have a real problem,” says Ravi the Raviator, a pilot and motivational speaker who has been named “Honorary Outreach Ambassador” by SUN ’n FUN.
By AMELIA T. REIHELD
SUN ’n FUN’s contagious aviation joy can claim another recruit to the ranks.
Logan Honea has been to every SUN ’n FUN since the year he was born. Sixteen years after his first trip to Lakeland, he soloed on his birthday, and last week, just past his 17th birthday, he earned his license.
EUGENE, Ore. – The #Oshbash Awards honor those who keep the aviation conversation humming on Twitter. Airplanista, an aviation blog site cultivated by Dan Pimentel, will present the first-ever #Oshbash Awards at its annual meetup event on Wednesday, July 31 (5:30-7:30 pm) in the EAA Press Tent at the 2013 EAA Airventure Oshkosh.
Osvil “Ozzie” York, a pilot for more than 60 years who was well-known in the helicopter community, passed away March 25 in Tulsa, Okla., following a brief illness. York, 92, had recently driven from his home in Oklahoma to attend the annual meeting of the Twirly Birds — of which he was a long-time member — held during the HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Austin Watson was enamored with aviation from an early age, but it took a while for him to find the time to get his wings.
Not many people can say they pursued their seaplane rating out of necessity, but Greg Corrado from Port Orchard, Wash., can.
PELLA, Iowa — Twin brothers Dan Fredrickson and Josh Fredrickson, who were born on Feb. 29 in a leap year, passed their private pilot checkrides March 1 — the first day they were eligible for the test.
Lawrence (Larry) Holland, founder of Treasure Coast Avionics in Florida, passed away March 3 after a long illness.