Tuesday, August 20, 2013
From The Editor: Oshkosh Highlights
Like everyone else at Oshkosh, I spent the week exploring static displays, hangar booths, forums and more. But for me, the highlight was an afternoon spent mentoring three young women interested in aviation photography. Spearheaded by Debby Rihn-Harvey, EAA's Women Soar You Soar program introduces high-school students to women working in aviation, with the goal of inspiring them to pursue their dreams. What I hadn't anticipated was that I, too, would be inspired. Kathryn Kaminski, Laura Yenchesky and Mackenzie Ballauer were bright, inquisitive and as enthusiastic about flying as they were about photography. As we wandered through Warbird Alley snapping photos and discussing camera settings, their genuine energy was refreshing. Thanks to the Texas Flying Legends, the girls were able to shoot inside of Betty's Dream, a B-25 Mitchell, and sit in the cockpit of Little Horse, a P-51D Mustang.
Also in this issue, contributor Marc Lee gives an update on aviation careers and the dynamic professional pilot industry. Pilot demand is up and major airlines are hiring. Marc provides detailed salary comparisons, from charter turboprops to major airlines. He looks at both sides of the pilot shortage debate and trends for the future as indicated by airline training programs such as Airline Transport Professionals.
With 36 training centers, ATP is the largest flight academy in the country. An airline-sponsored career track lets carriers scout talent and hire students before they complete training. In the past 12 months, airlines have hired up to 300 ATP students. But ATP isn't just for pilots on a professional flying path. It's a great option for private pilots wanting to earn their next rating. I completed my multi-engine rating at their state-of-the-art Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport location. The 19,000-square-foot facility is home to a fleet of new Piper Seminoles and two CRJ-200 flight training devices. Look for my article on training in a twin in an upcoming issue.