Englewood, Colorado — Bob Stedman, president of Independence Aviation, has been named 2011 Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year for the Northwest Mountain Region by the General Aviation Awards Program. Stedman automatically becomes a candidate for National CFI of the Year, an honor bestowed in early 2012. The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices, then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.
The latest version of Coradine Aviation Systems’ flagship Logbook for Mac, iPhone and iPad — LogTen Pro 6.0 — has been approved today by Apple and is now available in the App store.
SunState Aviation at Florida’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) is replacing its current facility with a new, 16,000-square-foot building with a grand opening projected for Fall 2012.
Mark Donovan, who wrote a story for us earlier this year about Flying Solo at Half a Century, sent us this message earlier this week: “I just wanted to let you know that I finally got my Private Pilot’s License on Nov. 13. It took a little bit longer than I had planned (7.5 months in total), but it was well worth the effort and wait. I’m now out flying every weekend, even in the winter wonderland of New Hampshire, and am investigating buying a plane (debating between a Cessna 172 and a Husky).” Congratulations Mark!
The 20-year-old “Barefoot Bandit” was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of charges, according to a Fox News report. Colton Harris-Moore gained international notoriety while evading police across America in stolen planes, boats and cars during a two-year crime spree. What captured the general aviation community’s interest is that it was said Harris-Moore taught himself to fly.
This from the Hindustan Times: Two days after the poor pass percentage in the written tests shocked thousands of student pilots and co-pilots aspiring to become commanders, the aviation safety regulator that conducts the nationwide examination said the results posted on its website were inaccurate owing to a software glitch. The story notes that according to the incorrect results, less than 4% of the 4,000 candidates that appeared for the commercial pilots license (CPL) examination passed, while all the 1,000-odd first officers appearing for the Airline Transport Pilot License (ALTP), or the license to operate flights as a commander, failed in all the subjects.
Teaching someone to fly is always a challenge. Now imagine that the person you are teaching is disabled.
It happens every day, thanks to Able Flight, a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Charles Stites, a pilot who believes that the life-changing experience of learning to fly is best shared, which is why he created an organization to award scholarships to help people with disabilities pursue flight training.
Many years ago, when I was working as a television news reporter, I spent a day in a wheelchair so that I could get an idea of what it was like to be disabled for a story on the American With Disabilities Act. I remember how challenging it was to use a water fountain, get in and out of a car or an elevator, even maneuver in an office. These were all things I did everyday without thinking. I wondered if I would have a similar experience if I flew the Sky Arrow 600 with hand controls.
The IMC Clubs has appointed Victoria Kuo, the chief flight instructor of New Horizon Aviation, to be the Rhode Island Chapter President.
Despite the deadline to apply for a Women in Aviation International scholarship having come and gone, two new scholarships are now available for 2012. These new scholarships bring the total to 73 individual scholarships valued at $520,900 to be awarded to WAI members.