Tuesday, July 28, 2015

5 Reasons To Give to Girls in Aviation Day

If you are hesitant to donate to Girls in Aviation Day, check these 5 reasons why we think it may be worth your time!

1. Aviation is awesome.

I think we can all agree on this, right?

2. Girls are awesome.


3. It will help these awesome girls discover their dreams and passions!

Not every little girl is lucky enough to know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. That's where we'd like to help! Help us to give these girls the best, most fun, and most informative day that we possibly can!

4. Give back.

Was there someone who helped you on your path to your career in aviation? Be another person's "someone".

5. To advance the aviation industry!

Women in the field of aviation have come a long way, but we're not finished yet! Help us to attract new talent, and make women prominent within the industry!

Have we convinced you? Donations can be made at our GoFundMe page.

 It only take $10 to change these girls' lives. 


Friday, July 17, 2015

WAI Member to Release Air Camping DVD

SkyChick Adventures - led by Ramona Cox (Skychick), WAI 37571 - is set to release a new air camping DVD at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

For 15 years, Ramona has been flying to remote strips all over the Great West. Her expertise was perfected through spending months at a time, flying her Cessna TU-206 to scenic and remote locations, from the lush Pacific Northwest to the rugged Idaho mountains, to the peaceful deserts of Utah.

Ramona's adventures include documenting the wildlife, fishing and/or hunting small game with a traditional bow, and packing guns for protection just in case the local wildlife becomes dangerously threatening. She continues to take extended trips and explore the country one state at a time, all while testing and reviewing gear to determine what works and what doesn't.

Visit Ramona and her distinctive Cessna near the Honda Generators exhibit (booth 381) near Theater in the Woods. Sign up to win one of her DVDs and other prizes, and swap stories with SkyChick.
Shop the DVD online

Earn FAA WINGS credits at AirVenture Tech Talks

The wide spectrum of forums, events, and resources coming to the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 now has an additional benefit as the center's "Tech Talks" will make participating pilots eligible for FAA WINGS credits. Those credits are part of the FAA's ongoing program that helps pilots gain expertise and proficiency in various areas of aircraft and flight operations.
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center will be open throughout EAA's annual fly-in convention held July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Visit http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure/eaa-airventure-schedule-of-events for a full schedule of events including forums, workshops, and more.

NASA Female Rocket Scientists Forum at AirVenture

Next week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, attendees can meet the women who are building tomorrow's space exploration programs. Seven NASA rocket scientists will participate in a forum on Friday, July 24, at 10 a.m. in Forum Pavilion 9. The innovators will address their careers, current NASA mission plans, and answer audience questions.

Participants include:
  • Sandra Magnus - astronaut on Atlantis, Endeavour, and the International Space Station
  • Susan Baggerman - NASA's health and medical technical authority for Orion
  • Janica Cheney - director of safety and mission assurance at Orbital ATK
  • Lylene Patino - Boeing
  • Kathryn Crowe - NASA propulsion systems engineer
  • Julie Van Kleek - vice president of the advanced space & launch business unit for Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Abby Harrison - aspiring astronaut
Their objectives are to help women in STEM feel like the doors are wide open in the space industry and to engage a new audience in the deep space journey. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Marilyn George Honored with Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

[from AOPA Smartbrief - July 13, 2015]

Kan. woman honored for 50 years of safe flight
Marilyn George has become the second Kansas woman to earn the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. George, 88, has flown for more than 50 years without an accident. She said that she and her late husband, Tommy George, flew to each state in their 1959 Cessna 172, which she still owns. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.)

Emily Warner Honored

[from AOPA Smartbrief, July 13, 2015]

Colo. airport adds aviation pioneer Emily Warner to its name
The Granby/Grand County Airport in Colorado has added Emily Warner Field to its name to honor the aviation pioneer who became America's first female airline captain. Warner was the first woman hired by a major airline as a pilot-of-the-line in 1973 and later became the captain of the first all-female airline flight crew. Sky-Hi Daily News (Granby, Colo.)

Free "Pilot's Guide to Avionics" from AEA


AEA's new Pilot's Guide to Avionics loaded with ADS-B Avionics
2015-16 edition to debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

LEE'S SUMMIT, MISSOURI, July 13, 2015 -- Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2015-16 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics will be unveiled with free distribution at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 20-26. AEA staff members will distribute thousands of free copies to pilots and aircraft owners at the AEA's AirVenture booth, No. 2035/2036 in Hangar B at Wittman Regional Airport.
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001kIxyS7Ohu8As9xhLT3SM0PSul0IBqSlrfgcztfcs2lFipecCOaiZT49mJ1_zGN5RDwe8yAR6wPeZxYCYxYHPv9lN_nbE-aY1iULsXpX0x1rf9Gt34uHmxQ2ITvWVK1ovjWU929GDTtWUQYnTzZiddnb_xAcQRNR69corIkFxYOhDHE4WYXLegvZ22z8Mdb50&c=JEgNj3khIyA5yUPN861PJIRouCYehrlkS5h74On0D_WrEZpjR7lpvQ==&ch=LhJ8BoqVkF1kVEBn1SZQnjemSUrs1hh7jkOV76katswaCvrlcV0cZA== This year marks the 13th annual edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics, a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the wonderful world of avionics technologies. The publication helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA member companies in 43 countries, including government-certified repair stations around the world specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. It also includes the manufacturers and distributors of these products, as well as technical schools and universities, engineers and consultants for the industry.

Some of the informational articles featured in this year's Pilot's Guide to Avionics include:
  • New avionics products for 2015.
  • ADS-B around the globe: different deadlines, similar challenges.
  • Value-added refurbs.
  • Digital redundancy & plug-and-play capabilities: Avionics that meet a homebuilder's operational and economic needs.
  • Safety product prospects: New angle-of-attack options help reduce loss-of-control accidents.
  • Advancing cordless cockpits: wireless for audio, FMS, software updates and in-flight Internet.
  • Do the math: Early adoption of ADS-B is critical.
  • Stay connected to the cloud, while flying in the clouds: Cabin 'infotainment' technology for piston and light turbine aircraft.
  • NextGen's next technology: For Part 25 jets, it's datalink, Satcom and FANS.
  • Got ADS-B?

"Each year, thousands of aircraft owners and pilots visit the AEA booth in Oshkosh to pick up their complimentary copy of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics," said Paula Derks, AEA president. "In addition to the educational articles, this publication helps aircraft owners locate hundreds of government-certified repair shops. This is even more important today with the looming ADS-B Out mandates around the globe, and these repair shops are ready to help aircraft owners determine the most efficient compliance plan to meet their individual needs. The AEA staff looks forward to assisting and visiting with our friends in the pilot community throughout the week in Hangar B at AirVenture."

Thousands of copies of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics are distributed each year at several industry trade shows and at no charge to all AEA members.

Individuals in the U.S. also may request a free copy of the AEA's Pilot's Guide to Avionics online at www.aeapilotsguide.net/request.asp while supplies last.

Free Course from Kings Schools


Flight Instructors Have a New Free Option for TSA Security Awareness Training

San Diego, CA, July 9, 2015 — CFIs will appreciate having a new, free and online way to meet their annual TSA training requirement. TSA Security Awareness Training for CFIs from King Schools can be completed in about an hour using any Internet-connected computer or tablet. It provides a TSA-acceptable graduation certificate and qualifies for WINGS program credit, which is automatically submitted to the FAA upon course completion.
“Most CFIs receive this training every two years as part of completing a Flight Instructor Refresher Course, but they still need a way to complete the training in years between FIRCs,” commented Martha King. “Making this training available for free gives CFIs a quick and easy way to meet that requirement,” concluded John King.

To register for the free KING TSA Security Awareness Training course, go to: http://www.kingschools.com/tsa

Flying to Oshkosh? Check out these deals.


GlobalAir.com Releases “Oshkosh Specials” To Pilots Heading To EAA AirVenture 2015

Annual page gives great discounts offered by Nationwide FBOs.

June 29, 2015 – Globalair.com announced today it has launched its annual “Oshkosh Specials” page, accessible at http://www.globalair.com/airport/specials.aspx. Since 2010, Globalair.com has produced this seasonal webpage, giving flyers heading to EAA’s AirVenture the ability to review discounts and special deals offered from FBOs nationwide just for them. The page has already collected over fifty specials from fifteen different states.
Jeff Carrithers, President and CEO of Globalair.com explains, “FBOs across the nation know Oshkosh is right around the corner, and they also know there are thousands of aircraft flying from all over the nation heading to the event. They offer great specials for pilots, from large fuel discounts to free parking to free camping access. Some FBOs make it a little fun by offering food of some type. I always enjoy the free doughnuts myself, but some FBOs even offer hamburgers and barbeques.” The variety and type of specials depend on what the individual FBOs decide to offer and list.

This is the fifth year Globalair.com has presented this information online to both aviators heading to Oskhosh and FBOs offering discounts. The page is constantly updated as new deals are offered by FBOs. Just as it happens every year, the page will grow throughout July and become the ultimate resource for Oshkosh specials. For those flying to Oshkosh, this is a must, as it will give pilots and operators plenty of time to review the listings, contact the FBOs and plan a cross country flight to the show.  The page will also be available for the trip back home. Globalair.com supports over 3,150 FBO’s who report their fuel prices directly to the site at least once a month.

FBOs that have specials they would like to post may contact fbo@globalair.com with the appropriate information, including the airport identifier, the name of the FBO, a point of contact and a short description (less than 200 characters) of the discount/special.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Women in Aviation International Poses A Challenge To All Members

Women in Aviation International (WAI), has announced a challenge to all members. The challenge was created after a lifetime member and board member donated $500 to the organization, with only one request-- that all members make a $10 donation to help develop Girls in Aviation Day. Girls in Aviation Day, taking place at chapters around the world on September 26th, is a day dedicated to hosting young girls with an interest in aviation, and showing them the many opportunities that lie within the field. To make the day successful, WAI will need funding for the many materials and various activities that are to take place throughout the day. Through this challenge, WAI hopes to raise $10,000 for the cause, and will be promoting it heavily through it's social media platforms.

If interested in donating to the cause, please visit the WAI GoFundMe page, where all donations can be made directly.

Embry-Riddle Introduces Drone Challenge to 2015 EAA AirVenture

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has introduced a fun, and challenging new addition this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh line up, set to take place July 19-26. The drone flying challenge, sUAS, to be held at EAA's Aviation Gateway Park, will include both obstacle and speed courses that will test even the best of drone flying enthusiasts.

The sUAS challenge will be held daily, and will be open to all attendees over the age of ten. With a maximum of 15 competitors per day, registration will run on a first come, first serve basis. If interested, participants may register in advance at thirtyad@erau.edu, or during EAA AirVenture at the Embry-Riddle Experience exhibit in Aviation Gateway Park. For more information, please see the flyer provided by Embry-Riddle.

Women in Aviation International will be onsite at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh all week in Hangar B - be sure to stop by and meet WAI staff, renew your membership (or join!), shop merchandise, and find out what's planned for the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ACE Academy in Houston


OBAP partners with Army ROTC to implement Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy in Houston, July 7 – 11.

Partnering with Army ROTC, The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals prepares young adults to initiate rewarding careers within the STEM field.

Chicago (July 1, 2015) – The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) is proud to announce a partnership with Army ROTC to provide middle school-aged youth with exposure to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through OBAP's ACE Academy.

The weeklong summer camp, being held July 7 – 11th at Bush Intercontinental Airport, is structured to provide exposure to the history of aviation, fundamentals of aerodynamics, air traffic control procedures, aerospace technologies and introductions to aviation careers.

“We are acting on our responsibility to prepare and train a diverse group of young adults to meet projected employment needs. By establishing this partnership with Army ROTC, OBAP is setting the groundwork to ensure that students in the Houston area will be prepared to lead the impending positions in both government and commercial sectors,” said OBAP chairman, Captain James Gordon.

The US Army and Army ROTC have a continued focus on helping high school and college-aged students achieve a quality education within the STEM field, inclusive of aerospace and aviation. Students, who complete Army ROTC and graduate from a university, will become an Army Officer either on Active Duty or in the Reserve Component and earn a highly competitive salary and benefits package.  The US Army awards STEM scholarships to qualified ROTC cadets.


About The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)

Founded in 1976, OBAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.  The robust, and diverse, membership is also committed to supporting aspiring aviation professionals through training, mentoring, and scholarships as part of Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academies being held in 30 cities nationwide. www.obap.org