"William soloed this morning and things will certainly be picking up for him in the coming weeks.. January will be his check ride!"–Bryan Miller, HAWK President and CFIIWilliam Completes Solo
Background (from our recent newsletter):
"The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a program funded by the Ray Foundation, managed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (national) and administered through the EAA Chapter network. This program provides up to $10,000 to deserving youths for their flight training expenses. HAWK flight instructor Bruce Erickson took the initiative to get the local EAA Chapter 800 approved for this program, HAWK Member Randy Owen was selected to administer the funds and supervise the student, and HAWK Junior Member William was approved as its first Scholar. Initial funding has been received, and William’s lessons have begun. If EAA and the Ray Foundation continue this program in years after 2020, HAWK has a ready pipeline of aspiring future participants."–John Caldwell, HAWK Finance Director.
Amelia Earhart was a magnificent woman that changed the course of aviation. July 24th, known to us as Amelia Earhart Day, was her birthday, and we would like at take a little time to celebrate her and talk about her amazing feats.
She was born on July 24th, 1897, and saw her first plane when she was 10 years old. She referred to it as “…a rusty thing of wire and wood and looked not at all interesting.” She was not even into planes until December 28th, 1920 when she took a ride in one with pilot Frank Hawks. Her first feat was flying to an altitude of 14,000 feet, the highest a woman had ever flown at the time. After that she was the first woman to ever fly across the Atlantic Ocean! She also became the first human to fly solo over the Pacific Ocean. Then, Amelia turned 40. She wanted to do one more thing; be the first person to fly around the world. Sadly though, on her voyage, she got lost. At the time of the writing of this post, her wreckage has still not been found. But we remember her greatly, for all the steps in aviation she took.
At HAWK, we can use some of the things we know about her to help us. Like how to prepare for even the smallest errors, so that we don’t get lost on our journeys.
Images: Courtesy Wikimedia as well as Underwood & Underwood
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