Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for this year!  I will always remain thankful for the gift of flight and the freedom general aviation brings.  Let's remember those who go without a Thanksgiving meal today, and for those who still long to take to the sky!

I wish you safe travels on the ground and in the air!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fly it Forward Announced on AOPA Online

Women Fly It Forward 2012 event set for March 10

By Jill W. Tallman

After earning the title of Most Female-Friendly Airport in March, Frederick Municipal Airport is all set to try again in 2012. And organizer Victoria Neuville says the 2012 Women Fly It Forward event, to be held March 10, will be even bigger.

The 2011 event was held in conjunction with the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, and sought to introduce women and girls to flight. With help from local pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and AOPA, 185 girls and women took rides in general aviation aircraft.

Neuville had barely taken a deep breath before she plunged into preparations for 2012. Flights in small aircraft will, of course, be the centerpiece of the day. But the goal of this year’s event is not only to introduce many women to aviation, but to ensure that a participant can pursue her aviation dream with a flight training award, she said. 

“Last year inspired many future women aviators,” Neuville said. “I can’t wait to introduce more girls and women to our flying community.” A tethered hot air balloon will be on display, ensuring there’s “something for everybody,” she said.

Frederick’s Women Fly It Forward is one of numerous events that will take place March 4 through 10 in celebration of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.

Great Things Happening for Fly it Forward

Every guest that comes to Women Fly it Forward at Frederick to speak to the girls that fly is special, but we may have some extra special guests this year which I can't wait to announce.  Most importantly, however, is that these girls who fly are inspired to continue and get all the support they can in doing that.  This is why this year we have the essay contest where one lucky girl will receive a monetary award to be deposited at a Frederick flight school and used towards her training.  We need sponsors for this award to make sure the winner gets enough funds to make an impact in her training.  This is where YOU come in!  If you know of any business who would be interested in sponsoring, or if you yourself are, please contact me ASAP.  The sponsors will be featured on our website, in the event program and most of all have the satisfaction that you made a difference in a future pilot's life!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's time for....Episode 13!

Listen and love it.  Episode 13 of the Stuck Mic AvCast is out!  I was sick for this one, so you won't hear my heavenly voice as often, but I am there!  Don't worry, I'll be loud and proud come episode 14!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Like AIR!

Aviation Insurance Resources is now on Facebook and Twitter.  Go on and follow us today!  Join in the conversations, take part in daily questions and laugh at some great aviation one liners.  We aren't always all about insurance, we know how to have fun!  They also are sponsors of the Women Fly it Forward Frederick event! :o)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Frederick Women Fly it Forward 2012 Announcement

Last year Frederick Municipal Airport became the "Most Female Pilot Friendly Airport in the World" through Women of Aviation Week, an organization whose aim is to promote and support women who are entering and already involved in the aviation community.  The event's aim was to introduce as many women who have never been in small aircraft before to flight in one day as possible.  In only five hours, 185 women took flight on March 12, 2011, breaking records.

Women of Aviation Week is back again in 2012, with the Frederick event being March 10th, hoping to outdo the last Frederick event while celebrating 101 years of the first licensed female pilot. The goal of this year’s event is to not only introduce many women to aviation, but ensure that one lucky girl continues her aviation dream through a flight training monetary award.  First time flyers who had participated in the 2011 or 2012 event can apply by writing an essay expressing their dedication and commitment towards obtaining a pilot certificate.  The winner will be selected by a panel from the local Ninety-Nines chapter.

Also new for this year we will have tethered hot air balloon flights for all interested individuals from Tailwinds Over Frederick, so there is definitely something for everyone!

I am reaching out to local businesses to donate towards this scholarship to make a difference in someone’s life.  In addition, this is a great opportunity for your company to be promoted to the community.  All sponsors will be featured on the Frederick Fly it Forward event webpage and thanked in the event program.  Sponsors who donate $500 or more will be considered gold sponsors, those who contribute $200 or more, silver, and those who donate $50 or more, bronze. 

I understand volunteering at this event takes a lot of commitment, but I would be honored if those who helped out last year would be willing to donate their time and aircraft again this year.  I would love to see many familiar faces as well as new ones at this year’s event.  Once again, I will promise many smiling women and an awesome BBQ once again sponsored by Aviation Insurance Resources!

How will you be involved this year?  A sponsor?  Pilot?  Ground volunteer? 

To the date, only 6% of pilots are female.  You can an active part in making that number grow.   The first licensed women pilot, Baroness de Laroche once said, “Flying is the best possible thing for women.”  Help me to introduce women to this “best possible” experience and in turn, create the world’s most female pilot friendly airport for the second year running!

Check out the NEW webpage for Frederick's event:

Thanks for your time!  Let's do this!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Get the Stuck Mic App!!

Yes, you read that right! You now can have all the fun of the Stuck Mic AvCast at the palm of your hand, in one convenient Android App!  Don't worry, the iPhone version is on its way!

Get all your favorite episodes of the Stuck Mic AvCast, Twitter updates, Facebook discussions, and co-host tomfoolery in one easy to navigate location!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Visiting Family at S37

I can't believe how long it has been since I had visited my Uncle Tom and his family in Smoketown, PA.  In fact, the last time I drove there by myself and this is the first time Bob had been there this year!  We had a great time rooting for my cousin at her soccer tournament and introducing them to our pet hedgehog, Quillson. 

The original plan was to take the company Cessna since the runway is 2,400' and I had promise my cousin a ride ages ago.  Unfortunately, it was down for some unexpected repair.  We took the Glasair and it was a challenging landing due to the gusty direct crosswind.  This was the first time we had landed here at night as well, I will warn you that the lights are nonadjustable and very dim.  It was a bit challenging to find the airport at first.  This was the home base of one of our insured's at work who was landing as we were getting ready to depart.  It was nice to put a plane to the name!

Quillson getting a bath from my cousin

Tuesday, November 1, 2011