Jetrader - Winter 2015 - (Page 38)

ISTAT Foundation Sponsors Herb Kelleher Trophy W By David Sutton and Ken Perich Where did more than 3,000 students go to learn more about careers in aviation and the newly created Herb Kelleher Trophy, which was presented for the first time? The answer: the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. A grant from the ISTAT Foundation was a key element in supporting the second annual Aviation Learning Center and the 17th annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) event during the recent National Championship Air Races. The Aviation Learning Center experience was created and hosted by Pathways to Aviation and supported by the National Aviation Heritage Invitational. Pathways to Aviation and NAHI combined their talents, aviation contacts and volunteer forces to create a multiday Aviation Learning Center in the heart of the Reno Air Races at Stead Field just outside of Reno. NAHI is one of the country's premier traveling aviation museums and features some of the finest restored vintage aircraft in North America. The 2015 NAHI display encompassed more than 100,000 square feet of ramp space, which was filled with 27 beautifully restored vintage aircraft. In addition, the Perlan Glider, which is partially funded by Airbus, was on prominent display. This great collection of aircraft - all 45 years or older and restored to pristine condition - provided the forum and the attraction for the Aviation Experience and a special youth program. The Pathways to Aviation's charter is to encourage students to obtain a better understanding of and pursue careers within the aviation industry. Since its inception, Pathways to Aviation has collaborated with Reno area school districts to integrate aviation-related skills such as piloting, meteorology, engineering and communications into current literacy, math, science and history programs. They are very active in supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programs and in helping to develop and incorporate aviation-related classes into school curricula. Presentation of the Herb Kelleher Trophy to Patrick Donovan (Lockheed 12). Left to right: Ken Perich, Patrick Donovan, David Sutton, Herb Kelleher, Bud Anderson, Robert "Hoot" Gibson, Dick Rutan and Bob Weihrauch. To this end, Pathways erected two 30-by80-foot pavilions within the NAHI display area to create the 2015 Aviation Learning Center at the races. These pavilions were used as classrooms and display centers for a wide variety of aviation-related organizations. In addition, Pathways to Aviation paid the entry fee for more than 3,000 junior high and high school students from the greater Reno area to attend the air races and to visit the NAHI/Pathways Aviation Learning Center display area. The ISTAT donation helped to support the infrastructure for the event. The students were able to view a wide variety of vintage aircraft from the antique, classic and military disciplines and also speak with the owners and restorers of these great aircraft. While within the display area, the students were also able to visit with representatives from NASA, the EAA's Young Eagle's program, the local Civil Air Patrol chapter, two aviation museums, and the USA Space Camp program. Plus, they attended lectures on the many facets Ken Perich, Herb Kelleher, founder and former chairman of Southwest Airlines, and David Sutton. 38 The official publication of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jetrader - Winter 2015

A Message from the President
Calendar/News
Q&A: John Grant, Senior Analyst, OAG
ISTAT Europe: A High-Flying Success
The ISTAT Quarterback
State of the Regions: Asia & Middle East
Old Guys Rule
ISTAT Foundation Sponsors Herb Kelleher Trophy
Trend Watching
Aviation History
Aircraft Appraisals
ISTAT Foundation
Advertiser.com
Advertiser Index

Jetrader - Winter 2015

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