FLY THE PLANE OF YOUR
DREAMS. In our survey in
the November issue, flying
a P- 51 topped the list of
dream planes. Visit www.
Stallion51.com or www.
to arrange your flight. Or
what about flying a Tiger
Moth, Stearman or Extra
300 we highlighted in the
BECOME A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR. It’s a great way
of giving back to the aviation community or to
build hours for higher ratings. We need more
flight instructors because we need more pilots!
Visit www.SportAviation.org for a link to the FAA’s
advisory circular that tells you how.
ATTEND AN EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOP. These weekend
workshops will introduce you to the world of
homebuilding or help you refine the skills you need to
finish your aircraft build or restoration project. Learn
more at www.SportAir.com.
START A RESTORATION PROJEC T. EAA President/CEO Rod
Hightower spent seven years restoring his Stearman. Visit
www.Barnstormers.com or check out the latest Trade-A-Plane to find a project that you’d enjoy. You, too, could
bring a piece of aviation history back to life.
BUILD AND FLY A FREE-FLIGHT OR RADIO-CONTROLLED
MODEL AIRPLANE. Model building is another great winter
activity and a way to involve your family. The Academy
of Model Aeronautics, www.ModelAircraft.org, can get
you started. Review “The Ultimate Light
Aircraft” in the August issue. 35
FLY A GLIDER. You can solo at 14; you don’t need a
third-class medical; and hearing the wind rush over
your wings sans engine noise is an experience unlike
any other. Oh, it’ll probably make you a better pilot
behind an engine, too. The Soaring Society of America,
www.SSA.org, has all the information you need.
MAKE THAT CAREER CHANGE TO YOUR DREAM AVIATION
JOB. Stuck in a rut in your life? Aviation is one of those
avocations that often becomes a vocation. Check out
aviation jobs on www.AeroJobs.com now.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AVIATION MUSEUM OR FLY-IN.
Experience the camaraderie of the aviation
community and learn more about aviation while
meeting new people.
GO PARAHAWKING. Fly a
paraglider alongside trained
birds of prey in the Himalayas
of Nepal or the Pyrenees
north of Barcelona, Spain.
TAKE SOMEONE WHO ISN’T A PILOT FLYING.
Set a goal to introduce a certain number of
people to aviation. How about setting a goal of
six? If each of the approximately 120,000 EAA
members who are pilots flew six people next
year, that would equal 720,000 new people
introduced to flying. How cool would that be!
ATTEND THE RENO AIR RACES. Going to Reno
is surely on your aviation bucket list. Read all
about Reno on page 40 of this issue and start
making your plans for next September. Learn
more at www.AirRace.org.
GET AN INSTRUMENT RATING. This will make
traveling in your own plane more reliable,
and the skills you’ll develop should make
you a safer pilot.
READ AN AVIATION BOOK. Ernest Gann’s Fate Is
the Hunter, any of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s
books, and Wolfgang Langewiesche’s Stick and
Rudder are all classics. Have your read them? It’s
a great winter aviation activity.