Think Global Flight, in partnership with Ardwin Freight, will soon depart from Burbank, Calif., for completion of its around the world flight in a Citation Mustang under Captain Judy Rice’s command. Second Officer will be Ardwin Freight president and owner, Edwin Sahakain.
This effort was launched in a Cirrus SR20 donated by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Ariz., and Baton Rouge, La. The national tour was completed in a Cirrus SR22T, donated by Ascension Aircraft at Peachtree DeKalb Airport in Atlanta. The addition of Ardwin Freight’s Citation Mustang broadens a greater representation of general aviation completing the flight in various aircraft, according to Rice. [Read more…]
Pilots Chris Beger and Kevin Kochersberger have been named the recipients of the 2014 Jeppesen Give-Away through Think Global Flight.
The two are eligible to choose from one of two Jeppesen training packages valued at approximately $500-$900.
Jeppesen’s generous support helped fuel the excitement created as the Think Global Flight Crew travels the globe promoting education and inspiring students, according to Capt. Judy Rice.
The project has succeeded in generating more than $900,000 toward the $1 million needed to accomplish the mission, she added.
More than 20,000 students and teachers are participating across the globe, in 25 countries and 31 U.S. states.
Beger shared, “Science, Technology, Engineering, Math — the big four. The world is truly becoming a smaller place and to improve our lives and environment we must become more educated and embrace new ideas and technologies with the same fearless ambitions as our ancestors. It’s really simple. Education promotes openness and freedom. The world needs this.”
Kochersberger added, “Having been selected as the pilot for the Centennial of Flight celebration on Dec 17, 2003, and having logged time in Wright gliders and powered machines, I am aware of the impact that big aviation events like Think Global Flight can have on motivating youth to achieve high goals. Today, as a professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, I see the benefit of starting that spark of technical interest at a young age, and I applaud Think Global Flight and Jeppesen for reaching around the world to unleash that potential today.”
I’ve been a long-time skeptic about most General Aviation record-setting or publicity flights. Especially in this latter day of aviation, who is impressed? In any case, there’s a distinction between a flight purposefully pushing technology and the risky publicity stunt or ego exercise.
Aviation Bright Futures Foundation recently honored Captain Judy Rice, founder of Think Global Flight with the “Making a Difference Award-Aviation Education Category” in recognition for her lifetime dedication toward promoting aviation education.
Think Global Flight embarked from SUN ’n FUN today on its epic world flight to promote education around the world.
On April 3, 2014, the Think Global Flight Crew takes off from SUN ‘n FUN on its around the world flight to promote STEM education and the promises that aviation and aerospace hold for our youth.
Along the route, Captain Judy Rice, CFI and teacher, and navigator Fred Nauer, CFI-I, commercial airline pilot (ret.), will be stopping at schools around the world, interacting with students and discussing the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
The crew will be flying a northern route with an easterly heading. The flight around the world will take approximately three months and arrive back in Oshkosh, Wis., for AirVenture 2014.
VIP supporters that will be present during the Think Global Flight launch at SUN ‘n FUN include Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Voyager Pilot Dick Rutan.
Aldrin will ride as a passenger during the first leg of the journey departing Lakeland, Florida, on April 3.
“Back when I was privileged to be a part of the Apollo program, the USA was #1 in science and technology fields,” Aldrin said. ” No one had ever heard of STEM because we were at the top. Unfortunately today America is falling behind other countries. STEM is exactly the focus of Think Global Flight (TGF) reaching over 20,000 students and why I strongly support Captain Judy and TGF. I am looking forward to joining the official launch on April 3 from the SUN ‘n FUN airshow in Lakeland, Florida. In addition, I will celebrate a repeat of my T-6 solo flight in 1951 at Gilbert field in the TGF Cirrus with Captain Judy.”
Think Global Flight has set up Student Command Centers around the world, allowing teachers and their students to follow the flight through the Think Global Flight app for iPhone, Androids, and iPads, as well as online, to interact with the flight crew, and participate in curricula developed to inspire students to see the promises that aviation and aerospace hold for them. Currently, there are 20,000 participants in 25 countries and 31 U.S. States.
The global effort is running three campaigns to raise the final funds necessary to complete the around the world flight. These fundraising efforts include ” Be A Hero,” “Buy A SkyWay,” and the “Jeppesen Giveaway.”
The flight will begin in a Cirrus SR22, then broaden into a greater representation of general aviation, completing the flight in various aircraft.
The effort was kicked off by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Ariz., and Baton Rouge, La., and now includes supporters and endorsers such as Air Journey, AOPA, AVweb, Jeppesen, Spidertracks, Sennheiser, and Signature Flight Support.
To follow the around the world flight in real time, download the free Think Global Flight app for iOS and Android devices by searching “Think Global Flight App” on your mobile device.
For more information: ThinkGlobalFlight.org
Jeppesen and Think Global Flight have chosen the recipients of the Fall Jeppesen Give-Away.