Which One Are You?

“There are airmen and there are pilots: the first being part bird whose view from aloft is normal and comfortable, a creature whose brain and muscles frequently originate movements which suggest flight; and then there are pilots who regardless of their airborne time remain earth-loving bipeds forever. When these latter unfortunates, because of one urge or another, actually make an ascension, they neither anticipate nor relish the event and they drive their machines with the same graceless labor they inflict upon the family vehicle.”
– Ernest K. Gann (Ernest K. Gann’s Flying Circus)

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AOPA Article

Flight instructor with a passion

(AOPA online article – 2/18/2009) Visit AOPA site

By Kathryn Opalewski

Within the last five years, the Liberty University School of Aeronautics in Lynchburg, Va., has grown from four students to more than 250 in its accredited, FAA-certificated aviation program—with around 125 students actively participating in flying instruction—to become one of the two largest Christian university aviation programs in the United States.

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I have been blessed with “a view from above” since 1979. During that time I have had many experiences in aviation; most have brought me joy, and some have led to sorrow. The pursuit of aviation excellence is exacting and allows little room for error, yet as with any other profession, if well trained, minimizes the risks associated with such a dynamic and fluid environment. My hope is that we can better each other; as iron sharpens iron.