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I want to give a big shout-out
to David Williams of Executive Flight Training (www.trainmetofly.com)
for his support of the Operation Fly North Carolina program. David is what
business writer, Seth Godin, would call a “trailblazer” for being the first to
support a worthy mission.
The backstory: During
the development phase of the program I was really bummed out that we didn't
have the funding in place for the pilot prizes (for more information check out
the Operation: Fly NC page). In 2008, we were driving to a meeting regarding a
fly-in and I was venting to David about how much work had been done to get the
program to this point, such as booklet printing, ink stamps and mailboxes.
After stating the significant sum needed for the upstart he quietly said that
his company would contribute to the program. Needless to say I was shocked
because my motive was not to sell him on the program, I was simply venting to
the willing ear of a friend. Long story short, David is the definition of a
“trailblazer,” seeing a worthwhile need then putting in his time, energy and
resources to make it happen. His passion for aviation continues as he passes on
the thrill of learning to fly through the Sanford, N.C.- (KTTA) based flight
school, Executive Flight Training.
THE LIVING AVIATION MUSEUM
It was a great day exploring a new museum
in my hometown with my daughter. Relishing in the rare opportunity to hang-out
with one of my two busy teenagers, I was a little uncertain as to visiting a
museum that was described as a self-guided tour of a deceased hoarders’ stuff.
Fortunately, skepticism turned into a pleasant surprise when I found out that I
could have some fun playing with record players, musical instruments and analog
games. Since I’m insane about flying I tend to look at every experience through
an aviation lens. My take-away from the visit was that it would be cool to
incorporate this concept into an aviation museum.
Imagine being able to simply touch and interact
with various aircraft parts. For instance, visitors could hold various types of
ailerons in their hands while viewing a video on how they work. How about a
small-scale airport in which an aircraft can be taxied either via small models
or by go-kart type taxi simulators described in a previous blog.
I really like the aircraft construction
material exhibits at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., which is
incidentally the most visited D.C. area museum. One such display consists of
identical size and shape rods of steel, wood, aluminum, and composite/carbon
fiber material. Visitors can evaluate the weight and strength of each material
while viewing information about how each react under various forces such as
bending, torsion and tension.
Sorting through a bin of items from the
“Land of Misfit Toys” in the living museum made me think about how cool it is
to banish the “look, but don't touch” rule. It's good to get out of the
aviation world for a while to see how others create unique experiences for fun
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