Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thank you so much for your wonderful program, website and webstore. I bought my daughter 2 shirts and a pair of airplane socks for her birthday and she LOVES them - you can tell it's Monday at our house (the day after laundry day!!) if she is wearing her airplane shirt. Needless to say it has withheld many washings. I found your site looking for an airplane shirt for a young girl and I found so much more. Thank you so much for providing this to all girls, myself included. We have just sent her name to the moon thanks to your site, I would have never have heard of that program on my own. My daughters love of planes started young, around 2, and is growing right along with her. She is currently sleeping with a playschool plastic plane filled with little planes instead of stuffed animals. Her dad and I started out not knowing a lot about aviation two years ago and have enjoyed learning with her. She wore one of your shirts on her birthday trip to Pensacola to see the Blue Angles, who were so wonderful with all of the children and signed autographs (we don't wash that shirt!). They took the time to chat with them about flying, I was impressed and would recommend both the museum and your website to anyone interested in flying!!!
Kristen and Zoe of Mississippi
Friday, June 20, 2008
And luckily, they are not usually this obvious. You hardly notice them.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
AirVenture Advance Purchase Discount Extended!
The opportunity to purchase AirVenture 2008 tickets online is proving to be a very popular option. In order to give EAA members additional time to make their travel plans the advance purchase discount is being extended until June 30. This gives members additional time to take advantage of savings on 2008 admissions.
While the discount will go away on June 30th, you can continue to purchase AirVenture admissions online through the last day of the event.
It's quick and easy. To purchase and save, just click here.
More Reasons to Attend Oshkosh, July 28 - August 3
Here's just a peek at what you'll see in the sky and on the ground at EAA AirVenture 2008. You've gotta be there!
Opening Day concert featuring Foreigner
Awesome F-22 Raptors
Red Bull Helicopter
Electric-powered aircraft demonstrations
Spectacular Warbird activities all week
Space Tourism Story Unfolds
Public debut of Rocket Racing League
The Goodyear Blimp
First demonstration of Practical Jet Pack
"WomenVenture" promotes involvement of Women in Aviation
Evenings Come Alive: Nightly drive-in-style movies including appearances by Harrison Ford and John Travolta, and Theatre in the Woods plays host to comedian Jeff Dunham and actor Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band, and more
Daily Air Shows featuring the world's top performers
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship is offered by the members and sponsors of Women in Corporate Aviation to any man or woman pursuing professional development and/or career advancement in any job classification of corporate/business aviation. The award must be used toward a specific program of education.
Suggested uses include:
Maintenance Career Training
Corporate Flight Attendant Training
Upgrades In Aviation Education
NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses
College Aviation Degree Courses
Click here for the WCA Scholarship Application FormClick here for the WCA Scholarship Application Instructions
For questions, contact: Michelle Powell, Scholarship Co-Chair
Monday, June 09, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Lynn Spencer: "Touching History" (Free Press)
A commercial pilot gives a detailed account of what happened over our nation's skies during the morning and afternoon of 9/11. She provides a time-line of the days events and explains how the nation could be caught so unprepared.
Lynn Spencer, pilot for ExpressJet Airlines and a certified flight instructor. See her bio: http://www.girlswithwings.com/Bios/lynn.html If you miss the show you can download it for later.
I had trouble finding information on the web about it, other than the Wikipedia definition of a speaking tube: "A speaking tube or voicepipe is a device based around two cones connected by an air pipe through which speech can be transmitted over an extended distance. While its most common use was in intra-ship communications, the principle was also used in fine homes and offices of the 19th century, as well as fine automobiles, military aircraft, and even locomotives. For most purposes, the device was outmoded by the telephone and its widespread adoption. This device was also known as a "megaphone", but that use has since become superseded."
Interestingly enough, you still see this tube in use today (or at least recently enough): "...on certain playground equipment, which employ tubing connecting soundhorns or other speaking boxes to allow voices to travel to separate points, for the amusement of the children.  A similar device, often used by children at play, is the tin can telephone, which consists of two tin cans open at one end connected by string tied into the closed end of each can. When the cans are pulled apart so that the string is held tight, even a softly spoken voice can be heard clearly over a considerable distance."
I did find a few sites that referred to it's use, like this memoir on http://www.gulfcoastwing.org/basehap.htm, a website is dedicated to the men and women of the Gulf Coast Wing and the Tora! Tora! Tora! group who volunteer their hard work and sacrifice to keep the Confederate Air Force aircraft flying.
One incident I remember in particular. Once, before I soloed, he had me practicing landings at an auxiliary gravel field. On one trial, proceeding downwind the wind-sock changed so I would not be able to make a touch and go as we usually did. He told me over the gosport tube to go ahead and land anyway and we would have to taxi back for the other take off and landing. This field did not have runways. Explanation: The gosport tube was a funnel hooked to a tube in the front cockpit where he sat, then back to the cadet's helmet ear pads in the rear cockpit. The instructor used this method to communicate with the cadet (mostly cuss him out), but the cadet had no way of answering back. After we rolled to a stop, I began a taxi back downwind to the take off point. He said, "I got it" and raised the tail and began taxiing faster. From time to time, he turned around to tell me what I had done wrong. As we were passing a shack, whoops, here came another Stearman right in front of us. No way we could miss. We crawled right up his tail with our prop making red and white confetti out of his rudder; flipped over inverted on top of the other airplane with the leading edge of our wing cutting a big crease about 6" behind that other cadet's head.
I guess we were both 'kinda in shock, but with gas leaking all around, I had the presence of mind that I didn't need to hang around there upside down anymore. I cut the switches and, not thinking, I pulled my safety belt latch and promptly fell out on my head. I felt sorry for my instructor. That really hit him hard since he had years of flying experience, and that was the first time he had ever dinged an airplane. They took us to the hospital for a checkup, but we both checked out fine and were flying the next day.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Let's talk checkrides! I have opened up a thread in the forum regarding my checkride (and the subsequent retraining and recheck). Yes, that's right, I failed the first time around. Head to the message board to talk with other Girls With Wings about your experiences.