Jacqueline Norris submitted the following photos and a note: “Zoë Norris, 11, wants to be a pilot. Foothill’s Regional Airport in Western, N.C., is helping her get her start. Along with her CFI, Ben Shelton, she is seen here doing her preflight checklist and then inflight at the controls.”[Read more…]
There is a universal truth for pilots. It has to do with the journey that got them from being a dedicated ground-pounder to an occasional inhabitant of the air.
That first flight lesson was a little intimidating. Exciting, but not altogether comfortable. There tend to be a few nerve endings waving around loose. This flying thing isn’t for the faint of heart, after all.
For those of us who make it through those first few lessons, the reward is a sneaking suspicion that grows over time. It suggests that maybe, just maybe, we have a shot at this.
Slow flight wasn’t so tough. Power-off stalls were actually kind of fun. Power-on stalls, well that’s another story, but we got through them. And ground reference maneuvers — they can be frustrating when the wind is high, but on the nicer days they’re a cake walk.
Then comes our solo. For most new pilots that momentous event comes as a complete surprise.
The boost in funding from the Ray Foundation comes after only seven months of program operation, EAA officials note. As of early October 2019, 96 youths have been awarded a Ray Aviation Scholarship. Of those, nearly 20 have earned their private pilot certificate, while an additional 50 have completed their first solo.[Read more…]
Cirrus Aircraft has unveiled the TRAC Series, a purpose-built configuration of the SR Series line of aircraft developed specifically for flight training.
The TRAC Series includes tailored features, such as rear seat push-to-talk functionality and a landing gear simulator aimed at increasing training productivity, company officials said.[Read more…]
Blue Line Aviation, a flight school near Raleigh, N.C., has broken ground on its new training facility at Johnston Regional Airport (KJNX).
The $13-million project, a 40,531-square-foot training and hangar space, is expected to be finished in late 2020, when Blue Line will officially move its headquarters from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (KRDU), where it has been since its founding in 2012.[Read more…]