This year's deadline for applications for grants from the Wolf Aviation Fund is December 15. Applications must meet certain criteria and fit into the Fund's seven major program areas, which are: Developing Public Policy and Airports; Networking and Mutual Support; Development and Alternative Resources; Communications, Media, and Community Relations; General Aviation Technology, Safety, and Noise; Improving Public Understanding and Perception; and Aviation and Space Education.
Projects receiving awards reflect the remarkable goals and accomplishments of the grant recipients and the value of their contributions, often as volunteers leading teams of other volunteers in their communities. They all deserve our recognition, support, encouragement, and thanks for working so hard to build the future of aviation.
Proposals often received partial support, because by providing partial funding as challenge grants the recipients often use the honor and recognition of a Wolf Aviation Fund grant to approach others and seek additional funding. This approach permits more projects to receive grants and has proven quite successful. We encourage all aviation supporters to look for those who have won Wolf Aviation Fund awards and display our logo, and to provide them additional support.
Not all proposals could be funded, thus the Foundation is working to increase the resources available for projects. Your support could help make more projects happen! Please visit the Wolf Aviation Fund website and learn about the Fund and how to help support some of these projects or to set up your own dedicated grant program.
Log on to www.wolf-aviation.org now to read about the Fund's grant program and to discover the rich world of resources available for those who are doing great work in general aviation!
By Shelia M. Bauer
There are many out there that are aware that the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE), has the honor of oversight in administering the “Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Leadership Award.” But, I dare say that not many aerospace education newcomers know much about the man who this award is named for, other than the fact that Dr. Strickler is considered the “Father of Aviation Education.”
Well, as Paul Harvey was known for saying, “and here is the rest of the story….”
Strickler is a native Pennsylvanian who attended public schools and college there. He caught the love-bug for aviation education (AvEd) early in life, teaching ground school at night and weekends. He continued on the “AvEd” pathway as Chief Instructor for Clearfield , Pennsylvania Institute of Aviation. In 1945, Strickler served as bombardier-navigator instructor during World War II and originated and headed the US Army Air Corps College of Aeronautics at Army Air Field, Las Vegas, Nevada. Then in 1951, he went on to earn his doctorate in education at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
Strickler specialized in curriculum design in aviation education and higher education, a unique, if not one of a kind specialized degree then, as it stands today. He became Chief of Aviation Education Programs at Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters from 1951-1960. He then served as Chief of Aviation Education Programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 1960-1979. Following his tenure with FAA, Strickler was a self-employed consultant to a variety of clients on aviation, aerospace, transportation, education and training management, administration, and development.
Strickler’s interests turned international when he served as the team leader for the United States Civil Air Patrol’s project to design a new nation-wide program of aerospace education for Egypt focusing on Kindergarten through high school and university levels. He served as the National Aeronautic Association’s delegate and consultant to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) Commission on International Aerospace Education (CIEA.) He was a member on the Board of Directors of the Association to Unite Democracies (AUD.) In addition, Strickler became a writer/lecturer on Soviet-Russian aviation, space, and transportation and had traveled to USSR (and successor Republics) thirty eight times from 1971 to the present.
Strickler’s interest in video program development turned his attention to helping produce four video programs on Russian aviation, space, education and culture. He went on to assist the producer in the 1999 Public Television program entitled “Stolen Years” that featured interviews done in Russia with eleven survivors of Stalin’s prison camps. This was an award-winning production.
We don’t have space in this article for the lists of numerous publications including papers, articles, monographs, and books on a variety of aviation, aerospace, transportation, education, safety, and related topics, that Strickler produced. The lists of boards, organizations, universities, administrations and agencies Strickler served on throughout the years and the illustrious awards he has achieved throughout is also too numerous to mention here. However, as I scan pages of achievements, four float off the page to my attention; the Department of the Air Force’s “Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service” (This is the highest civilian award attainable in the United State Air Force.), “The Frank G. Brewer Trophy” (for Outstanding Contributions to Air, Youth, and Educational Work), The Federation Aeronautique Internationale’s (FAI) “Nile Gold Medal” (the highest award in the world in the field of Aviation and Space Education.) and the “National Aeronautics Association’s (NAA) Elder Statesman Award” (as the senior authority on aviation education in the United States.)
As of this writing, Dr. Strickler, 92 years young, is still living at home and according to his daughter, Heather Holstine, feels “pretty good.” That’s pretty darn good for not only a father, and grandfather, but “The Father of Aviation Education.”
*To learn more about the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Award Aviation Education Leadership Award visit the NCASE website at /www.aviationeducation.org/
Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership hosts industry and government leaders, educators at aviation, aerospace industry summit
The Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide hosted nearly 200 industry leaders, government officials and academics at the 4th Annual Aviation & Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Summit (AAIMS 2013) in Fort Worth/Alliance, Texas, last week.
Featured speakers included Clayton Jones, recently retired CEO, Rockwell Collins; Gordon England, former secretary of the Navy and deputy secretary of defense under President George W. Bush; Claire Leon, vice president of national programs, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems; Lillian Zarrelli Ryals, senior vice president and general manager, Center for Advanced Aviation System Development, MITRE; and Robert Spingarn, aerospace and defense analyst, Credit Suisse First Boston.
AAIMS 2013 highlights included sessions on complex adaptive leadership, attracting and retaining women in aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, the future of airports and human capital. STEM education was also a recurring theme. Ralph Coppola provided an overview of the Real World Design Challenge, a national, high school STEM program that Embry-Riddle Worldwide supports.
“The summit presented a wide range of economic, business, finance, policy and educational topics of value to members of the aviation and aerospace industry,” said Robert Mansfield, executive director of CAAL. “These topics provided attendees with perspectives on where the industry is headed over the next five years or so. And it once again provided insights on how aerospace companies can best prosper in the current environment.”
Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics flight team was extremely well equipped for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region X competition, hosted by Liberty at Franklin Municipal Airport in Franklin, Virginia, Oct. 16-19.
“We just acquired a new aircraft, a Cessna 150, less than a year ago and this was the first time we competed with it,” said John Marselus, aeronautics professor and faculty advisor to the team, noting the plane can land at a slower speed than other Cessna models. “The teams that do the best in the nation have that aircraft for the landing competition portion. Liberty University supported us and purchased one for us which really paid off.”
The team captured its ninth consecutive regional championship, accumulating 426 points. Daniel Hartman earned the Top Pilot award and Elizabeth Michel was the Top Scoring Female contestant. Liberty featured the top finisher in every category of the competition, beating out second place Averett University and third place Guilford Technical Community College. The victory qualifies the team for a return trip to the NIFA nationals, set for May 12-17 at Ohio State University Airport.
Liberty’s team of 16 competitors was accompanied to the regional event by coaches Kyle Dillon and Matt Sylvester and by Marselus, who also served as the NIFA’s regional safety officer for the competition.
Liberty competed with the Cessna 150 and two Cessna 172s that feature Garmin 1000 integrated flight instrument navigation systems.
“We want to thank the leadership at the university for providing the resources for us to be able to compete at NIFA,” Marselus said. “We don’t take that for granted, and we’re very grateful for the support Liberty gives us,” which also covers flight practice time and travel and entry expenses, he added. Marselus also appreciates the tremendous time and effort invested in training by Liberty’s coaches and team members. “There’s a lot of preparation, a lot of hard work, a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into this competition,” he said. “They’re working after school and they’re working into the night. The team did a superb job.”
The College Park area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which made its debut in 2013 with dozens of aviation colleges and universities taking part, will expand in 2014 to include more opportunities for those seeking aviation careers and job openings.
College Park brought together the numerous aviation schools that regularly exhibited at Oshkosh into one convenient location right along the famed AirVenture flight line. During the week at Oshkosh last summer, events included a job fair for current aviation professionals and a college night that welcomed high school and college-age students who were exploring aviation education.
“The first year of College Park at Oshkosh was a tremendous success, but we also heard from many aviation professionals and enthusiasts who were looking for even more opportunities,” said Holly Williams, Business Relationship Manager at EAA. “We know that Oshkosh is a place where the most diverse group of aviation people from around the world connects, so we want to make it even easier to build those networks.”
In addition, a new aviation careers exhibit area will debut adjacent to College Park in 2014. The area will highlight companies recruiting for those interested in aviation careers and will host an expanded aviation job fair during AirVenture 2014.
The exact schedule of activities for AirVenture will be announced as it is finalized.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide names Kenneth L. Witcher dean of College of Aeronautics
Kenneth L. Witcher has been named dean of the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide.
In his nine years with the university, Witcher has served in several roles including adjunct faculty member, director of academics and program chair. As dean of the College of Aeronautics, he will lead nearly 50 full-time faculty and more than 900 active adjunct faculty who instruct courses online and at more than 150 Worldwide locations in the U.S. and abroad.
“Dr. Witcher’s combined military and academic experience is a perfect fit for the College of Aeronautics,” said Brad Sims, chief academic officer for Embry-Riddle Worldwide. “We are fortunate to have a leader like Dr. Witcher who is active in the university community and among industry professionals at the local, state and national level.”
In the Las Vegas/Nevada community, Witcher is involved with Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s STEM Academy at Rancho High School. He also chairs the Nevada Aerospace and Defense Sector Council through the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Additionally, Witcher serves on the Governor’s Defense Steering Committee under the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
During his 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force, Witcher’s assignments included superintendent of the test and evaluation squadron, detachment chief and propulsion instructor at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. He also spent several years as a team member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron.
His research interests include unmanned aircraft systems operational growth, airport development, aerospace workforce development and commercial space operational development.
Witcher earned his master’s degree from Embry-Riddle and doctorate from Northcentral University in Arizona.
While many adults love airplanes enough to cuddle with them, a new product from Powder Puff Pilot is designed for kids to do just that. The Oklahoma-based web retailer of aviation gear and accessories is introducing “My First Airplane,” a super soft, highly huggable plush airplane that comes in powder pink or sky blue.
“My First Airplane” is a natural addition to Powder Puff Pilot’s line of products that target women and children. “We’re all about ideas that popularize aviation among the younger set,” said owner and flight instructor Sue Hughes, “because when a child falls in love with aviation, it’s likely to last a lifetime.”
Hughes learned about “My First Airplane” from Michele McGuire, who designed the nearly 2-foot-long plush airplane. McGuire owns Safe and Sound Pets, which caters to canine air passengers with specially made headsets, logbooks, luggage, and other products for furry flyers.
“My First Airplane” grew from McGuire’s design for her popular airplane-shaped squeaky toys for dogs. She went to the same U.S. manufacturer with the new, larger design for kids, and it took off from there. Her tag line, “You're never too young to ‘have your own airplane’ and dream of flying.” Powder Puff Pilot is one of dozens of retailers that carry products from Safe and Sound Pets.
Hughes’ own contribution to promoting aviation among children is a series of picture books she authored starring Claire Bear, a pink‑clad aerobatics pilot. She has sold thousands of copies of her four-book series published by Powder Puff Pilot, as well as children’s books from other authors. Powder Puff Pilot products are available at www.PowderPuffPilot.com.
Conklin & de Decker, in association with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced that the sixth annual Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management scholarship winner is Owen Woodland. This scholarship was awarded at the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 23, 2013.
Owen is a Junior at University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa and is majoring in Aviation Management with a minor in Flight Operations and he is pursuing a second degree in Business Administration. He has consistently been listed on the Dean’s List every semester with a 3.95 grade point average and plans to graduate in 2015. Currently, Owen is a student pilot and plans to pursue an instrument rating. He has been a summer intern at Landmark Aviation at Westchester County Airport and Owen has assisted the Dubuque Regional Airport manager with market research projects.
“Owen’s ambition to pursue a career in business aviation is impressive and we are proud to play a part in supporting his passion for the industry,” commented Bill de Decker, co-founder of Conklin & de Decker and longtime friend of Al Conklin. “On behalf of the family of Alan Conklin and the entire staff at Conklin & de Decker, we congratulate Owen and wish him all the best.”
This annual scholarship honors Alan H. Conklin, founder of Conklin & de Decker, a US Air Force veteran, author, father, husband and business aviation leader for more than 60 years who passed away in 2006. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student attending a University Aviation Association (UAA) affiliated college and who is specializing in aviation management.
NBAA will host a Build A Plan "Teachers Day" sponsored by Honeywell Aerospace in conjunction with "Careers In Business Aviation Day" at this year's Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas. Convention dates are October 22-24. On October 24, full admission to NBAA2013 is free to students, teachers and chaperones. To Learn more about Teachers' Day click on the link below. This may be of special interest to aviation managers in northern Arizona, and we hope that you will help pass this information along to high schools, colleges, educators and students in your area.
Lisa M. Damian of Rockport, Maine is the 2013 recipient of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant award. Ms. Damian teaches physics at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport.
The $250.00 grant award from SAFE is meant to encourage classroom teachers to incorporate aviation and aerospace-themed lesson plans and projects into their regular classroom curriculum, helping support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.
Ms. Damian’s proposal involves a three-week capstone project during the 2013-2014 school year challenging high school juniors and seniors to research, design and build a model rocket. The students must use a NASA engineering design process and apply Newtonian physics and numerical simulation to solve a second order differential equation.
Grant proposals were evaluated by seven leading SAFE aviation educators based on uniqueness of the project; lasting effect of the learning outcomes and feasibility of project replication by other aviation educators.