For decades, individuals 和 organizations have focused attention 和 effort 上 rebuilding 的试点人口. But for 的first time in memory, AOPA is drawing attention to—and doing something about it with its 保持’em Flying 挑战—an equally important number: hours flown. And it asks pilots to push themselves beyond 的hundred-buck burger run.
Like 的pilot population, 的GA和第135部分飞行的小时 pilots has been in bumpy decline since 1980, when they logged more than 41 million hours. In 1990 it was 32 million; in 2000 it was 29.9 million; 和 in 2010 is was 24.8 million hours, up from 23.7 的year before.
AOPA elegantly shares 的wealth 和 benefits of getting airborne 和 motivates participation with a random drawing that will award a $2,499 grand prize, $1,000 to second place, $500 to third place, 和 four $250 fourth-place awards.
There’s 上e entry per pilot, 和 qualification is 上 的honor system. Between April 1 和 July 31, 2012, pilots must fly at least five hours as pilot in command of an aircraft to five destination airports more than 50 nautical miles away, 和 complete an 航空安全学院在线课程.
That sounds like more fun than 的prosaic burger mission to 的same old airports. Aviation is about adventure, so add 您r own challenge. Fly to five never-before visited airports or seek all available runway options: grass, gravel, asphalt, 和 concrete, short 和 soft, wide 和 narrow.
And don’t forget to invite 您r friends. Making 您r challenge a social event with passengers (prospective or lapsed pilots 您 may know) 和 more than 上e airplane adds to 的fun! Let me know what personal challenge 您 come up with, because flying is also about sharing. –斯科特·斯潘格勒