An unexpected mentor

Todd Hendrickson (left) and Jamie Beckett (right) return from yet another training flight in November 1990.

Sitting across the table from a distinguished looking airline pilot who is both youthful and highly experienced, I can’t help but reminisce about the old days. As we chatter away about scheduling, performance, weather issues, family, and mutual friends, I can’t help but remember that this is the man who taught me to fly.

It was this specific individual who introduced me to the secret of doing a decent turn-around-a-point. He walked me through hold entries and my very first ILS approach, not to mention the significantly more challenging and far less precise NDB. He even accompanied me on the trip that resulted in my multi-engine instructor certificate being issued, even if we did participate in sinking a Seminole in a mud hole in the process.

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One solution to the flight school dilemma

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Anyone who has tried to borrow money in the last five years knows how tough it has become. Banks supported by government guarantees practically gave money away before the subprime meltdown but are now being much more careful. That’s a good thing, but it means even some credit-worthy customers can’t get the loans they need. Commonly rejected are flight schools. Flight training enterprises across the nation are struggling to obtain financing to buy new aircraft to replace aging fleets of trainers.

Despite the challenges, one LSA outfit has found at least a partial answer.

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IMC Club launches new website with a chance to win headset

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The new IMC Club International website is up and running, thanks to a generous grant from Hartzell Propeller, and a web design company, Webbright Services. And thanks to the generosity of another IMC Club corporate member, LightSpeed Aviation, if you join the IMC Club or upgrade your membership to full access between now and the beginning of AirVenture on July 23, you will automatically be included in a drawing for a Zulu 2 aviation headset.

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AOPA now accepting applications for scholarships

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is now accepting applications for three $5,000 flight training scholarships to be awarded at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs Oct. 11-13.

Student pilots working toward an initial sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate may apply online for the ASA Flight Training Scholarship, Jeppesen Flight Training Scholarship, and the Richard J. Santori Memorial Scholarship.

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