MANITOWOC, Wisc. – Manitowoc area natives Leon Sigman and Jim Wheeler were recently honored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 50 years of flying safety and contributions made to general aviation. Plaques were presented by Wesley Hakari from the Milwaukee FAA Flight Standards District Office during an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Safety Seminar, held at Lakeshore Aviation in Manitowoc.
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) celebrated its grand opening at Boeing Field on Thursday, Oct. 17. The school, part of the Highline Public Schools, is located on the Museum of Flight campus.
The day started with a unique “bus ride” for 100 fortunate RAHS students and a few dozen school staff, supporters and dignitaries. They arrived via an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900ER, dubbed “Spirit of Education” from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
“Congratulations to everyone on the flight who earned four Alaska Airlines frequent flyer miles on the flight from Sea-Tac to Boeing Field,” noted a chuckling Mike Hallman, Museum of Flight Chairman of the Board of Trustees during the program.
A group of high-powered Experimental Aircraft Association members have launched a campaign to honor Tom Poberezny, the association’s former president.
They have a new website, HonorPoberezny.com, which chronicles Poberezny’s accomplishments during the 20 years he led the association. The website also include a Roster of Support for others to add their support to the cause.
LAKELAND, Florida – Rick Garcia, president of Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation, has appointed John Gauch as vice president of sales.
On Oct. 21, 1962, Thomas Allen Burke, then 19, successfully completed his first solo flight in a Piper Colt out of the Raleigh Municipal Airport in North Carolina. Now a resident of Greenville, S.C., Burke has safety piloted a number of different makes and models of aircraft.
The paint scheme an aircraft builder choses for his or her ride speaks volumes about that person. When I set eyes on the tail of the Glastar owned by Carlos Emmons of Villa Rica, Georgia, I knew I’d met a kindred spirit. Emmons’ Glastar sports the symbol from the television series, “Star Trek, The Next Generation.”
Do you have a favorite memory of Paul Poberezny? How about a story of how this general aviation icon inspired your own flying? We are putting together a tribute to Paul in our next print issue and would like to include our readers stories and thoughts. You can send them to email@example.com or include them in the comments below.