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EAA KidVenture Located at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, WI, KidVenture’s campus has become a prominent fixture of EAA AirVenture’s landscape. Where else can kids get the chance to build their own model rockets and balsa planes, fly in a high-tech...


EAA KidVenture
Located at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, WI, KidVenture’s campus has become a prominent fixture of EAA AirVenture’s landscape. Where else can kids get the chance to build their own model rockets and balsa planes, fly in a high-tech flight simulator; try their hand at flying a control-line model, and meet aviation legends?

While toddlers tool around in the pedal-plane corral, older children can take the FAA Aviation & Space Education’s pre-flight challenge and get their first logbook!
This year AMTSociety loaned EAA some of its Maintenance Skills Competition testing equipment to help get children interested in aircraft maintenance.

NTSB adds kids’ section to web site
The NTSB has added a section called “NTSB Kids” to its web site. The section’s theme is “Get Hooked On Safety!” Features include coloring pages, games and puzzles, bees and sciences, care takers, and internships. For more information visit www.ntsb.gov/Kids_Site/start.html.

Wicks Aircraft to host Poly Fiber Workshop
Wicks Aircraft will host a weekend seminar Sept. 26 and 27, 2009, at the Wicks facility in Highland, IL. Jon Goldenbaum, president of Poly-Fiber Aircraft Coatings, will run the hands-on seminar on the basics of fabric covering. Topics will include preparation, fitting, gluing, heat-shrinking, coatings, taping, rib stitching, and final painting techniques.

Materials, tools, and lunch will be provided, and a registration discount is available for students. Attendees may purchase any fabric, paint, spray equipment, or covering tools at a 15 percent discount during the seminar.

For more information visit www.wicksaircraft.com or www.polyfiber.com.

FSI offers Proficiency Protection program
FlightSafety International (FSI) announces the Proficiency Protection program designed to help business aircraft pilots and maintenance technicians who have become involuntarily unemployed since Jan. 1, 2009.

Maintenance technicians who were enrolled in FlightSafety’s Master Technician program at the time of job loss may receive the next course toward their Master Technician rating at no cost. Those who take advantage of this program are not required to repay the cost of the course or to enter into a new training agreement with FlightSafety once re-employed.

The training must be started by Dec. 31, 2009. Complete details, including eligibility requirements and training request forms, are available at www.flightsafety.com.

2009-2010 AMTSociety IA renewals
Here is the schedule for AMTSociety’s IA renewal program. It is free to members and becoming a member costs only $49. For more information visit www.AMTSociety.org.

  • Sept. 12, 2009, Crimson Technical College, 8911 Aviation Blvd., Inglewood, CA
  • Oct. 14, 2009, Holiday Inn and Suites, 3003 N. University Dr., Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Oct. 28, 2009, Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, One International Blvd., Mahwah, NJ
  • Nov. 4, 2009, Four Points by Sheraton, 4900 Duckhorn Dr., Sacramento, CA
  • Nov. 11, 2009, Four Points by Sheraton, One Industry Lane, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dec. 9, 2009, Holiday Inn/Sea-Tac Intl. Airport, 17338 International Blvd., Seattle, WA
  • Jan. 13, 2010, ExpressJet Airlines Training Center, 17445 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX
  • Jan. 27, 2010, Holiday Inn, Atlanta Airport S., 4669 Airport Blvd., Atlanta, GA
  • Feb. 10, 2010, Hilton Garden Inn, Phoenix Airport N., 3838 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ
  • Feb. 24, 2010, Holiday Inn KCI & Expo Center, 11730 N. Ambassador Dr., Kansas City, MO
  • March 16-17, 2010, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, Aviation Industry Expo
  • March 24, 2010, The Summit Conference & Event Center, 411 Sable Blvd., Aurora, CO

Training goes digital
Alteon, Boeing’s training unit, has devised a digitized training program for customers of the new Dreamliner 787, replicating the aircraft systems in the classroom. This training applies to pilots and maintenance staff.

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