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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sun 'N Fun 2015 delivers another action packed event

Beginning on Tuesday, April 21 thousands of aviation enthusiasts packed into Lakeland Linder Airport in Florida to attend Sun 'N Fun, the six day international fly-in expo. Vendors, exhibitors, air show performers and educators enjoyed the opportunity to share their passion of aviation with others from around the world.
The flight line consisted of eager people of all ages looking to the skies to watch aerobatic
performers such as Mike Goulian,  Rob Holland, Patty Wagstaff, The Aeroshell Team, Will Allen, Warbirds, Geico Skytypers, David Martin, Team AeroDynamix and Kyle Franklin. Eyes and ears were in full focus for the 2 jet teams that performed. The Breitling Jet Team, pictured on the right, made their very amazing US debut this year at Sun 'N Fun and will also be performing at the Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia on May 2nd. The Thunderbirds did a few fly overs early in the week then put on a terrific show Saturday and Sunday. All performers gave fans a chance to get pictures and autographs throughout the week.
There were educational events aimed to help promote careers in aviation including the Second Annual Career Fair and the Aerospace Educational Showcase. Other informative activities included teacher's workshops, forums and stories from the keynote speaker, retired astronaut, Gregory H. Johnson. There were also activities for the youth like Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum which consisted of interactive learning workshops featuring a wind tunnel, ham radio, and a hurricane station. 
There was a plethora of aircraft on display that people flew in for the judging competition or just for "plane" fun. With numerous things to see on the ground and in the skies, this event was a great opportunity to interact and inform the public about aviation. A thank you is owed to the friendly volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.
To see more pictures and videos from the event check out The Virginia Department of Aviation on Twitter (@VAis4FlynLovers) and Facebook. For a list of all the Sun 'N Fun performers and events visit the website

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Horizon Flight Camp holds summer Flight Program for Youth

The Horizon Flight Center, LLC Flight Camp in Chesapeake Virginia is offered over two separate weeks in the summer.  The camp dates are July 6 through July 10 and August 4 through August 7. Camp hours will be held Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM/0900-1600. The registration deadline for both weeks is June 30, 2015. The program is conducted at Horizon Flight Center located at the Chesapeake Regional Airport (KCPK).

Horizon Flight Camp is an opportunity to explore the world of aviation during a 5-day program consisting of a Cessna Pilot Center ground school and flight training experience, guest speakers, including Amelia Earhart’s cousin, Horizon’s flight school manager. The program is designed to introduce the students to flight for consideration of a future flying career or enjoyment. Attendees must be 12 to 18 years of age. Enrollment is limited and registration is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parent & child enrollments are encouraged and charged separately.

Program students will be governed by the Horizon Flight Center Safety Practice & Procedures Handbook and regarded as private pilot students. Flight training during the program is accredited toward the private pilot license.

Horizon Flight Camp information can be found on their website:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Whirly-Girls International Announces 2015 Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to Banumathi Cole, The Study Director for HemoShear in Earlysville, VA, for winning the 2015 Whirly-Girls International Scholarship. The Air Evac Lifeteam 206 Bell Flight Training scholarship will allow her to take a Bell 206 transition course.
Colleen Chen, Vice President of Scholarships, made the announcement March 1st at the Whirly-Girls International annual banquet during the HELI-EXPO convention in Orlando, Florida. The banquet also celebrated the 60th anniversary of Whirly-Girls, an organization founded by Jean Ross Howard Phelan in 1955 so female pilots could share information and camaraderie.
Whirly-Girls International, a non-profit, educational and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. For more information, visit their website