Jeppensen CEO works with high school students to build Sportsman

Mark Van Tine (left) works with a student on the Sportsman.

OSHKOSH – Through sponsorship by Jeppesen CEO Mark Van Tine, a team of high school aviation enthusiasts had the opportunity this summer to build a plane at the Glasair factory in Arlington, Wash. The completed plane is on display at this week’s AirVenture.

In addition to sponsoring the aircraft, Van Tine also worked side-by-side over a two-week timeframe with the students and Jeppesen volunteers to assemble the aircraft, which will be used by Van Tine in Jeppesen’s community outreach programs.

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Pilot flies endangered species on way to Oshkosh


This year, LightHawk Volunteer Pilot Michael Baum of Los Altos, Calif., will make an interesting stop on his way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The pilot, who is a driving force behind the Aviators Model Code of Conduct and donates flights through LightHawk, will stop in Loveland, Colo., to load a pair of endangered black-footed ferrets into his TBM 700 airplane bound for Oshkosh.

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YKM master plan takes flight

YAKIMA, Wash. — A longer runway, new terminal building and additional general aviation facilities are among the improvements recommended in a new master plan for the Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field. According to a story in the Yakima Herald Republic, the master plan states: “The general aviation community in YKM is healthy and active and these forecasts show a continued growth over the 20-year period.”

Taco Bell Foundation grant helps teens attend Aviation Summer Camp

SALISBURY, N.C. — More than 14 teens are attending Aviation Summer Camp this week, thanks to a grant awarded by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. The funds supported the aviation day camp at the Rowan County Airport (RUQ) intended to give students an overview of all aspects of aviation and inspire teens to graduate high school and reach their full potential by exploring career opportunities in aviation.

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