AMELIA EARHART

In honor of the many American aviators with true grit, GLOBALJET recognizes Amelia Mary Earhart on the anniversary of her birth, July 24, 1897. As a rumble tumble young girl, Earhart was not fascinated in aircraft or flight. It would take a ride in Frank Hawks’s airplane at the age of 23, before she had the confirmation that flying would be a mainstay of her future. Within a month after that flight, she started flight lessons. Six months later, she bought her first biplane, a used Kinner Airster named “The Canary” for its distinctive yellow color.

In her beloved Canary, she set her first record as the first female pilot to reach an altitude of 14,000 feet. Over her short life, Earhart’s love for aviation led her to set many other firsts for women. Some of her noted achievements are:

  • First woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a crew, which consisted of pilot Wilmer Stultz and co-pilot/mechanic Louis E. Gordon
  • Exactly five years after Charles Lindbergh, she became the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
  • The United States Congress presented her the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • The first person to fly solo from Oahu, Hawaii to Oakland, California

Although Earhart had accomplished many ground-breaking feats, her last would be the one that etched her name into the hearts and minds of stalwart women around the world. Her attempt to circumnavigate the globe fell short by 7,000 miles. Yet, in a letter to her husband, George Putnam, concerning the upcoming fateful flight, she provided inspiration to the rising generations. She said, “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards…I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

Therefore, GLOBALJET salutes anyone that desires to challenge the impossible and to b! more in their life, for failure is just an excuse to try harder.

Earhart. https://www.ameliaearhart.com/biography/
Photo by Smithsonian

HOUSE CALLS

Many years ago, it was common for someone with a health issue to call for the town’s doctor. The community’s physician would grab their black medical bag and arrive on the doorstep to help their patient in a timely manner. The phrase, “a good bedside manner”, was derived from mobile practitioners bringing a friendly smile and their skills into a home that needed help.

Drawing on their years of experience and wisdom, these doctors would not only provide solutions as a remedy, but they also gave advice for life so that their patients would remain healthy. For these doctors it wasn’t enough to just make a person well; it was important for them to give back to their community, focusing on helping patients and friends to be a little more in their life.

House calls are still needed, and the aviation community is no exception. Mobile instructors are the remedy for that educational need. Often, a student with specific needs cannot wait months for an appointment or meet the financial demand to travel to some distant land in order to handle an issue that is right at home in their hangar. On most occasions, employees learn quicker in the environment that they are accustomed to. Receiving a theoretical and practical understanding firsthand from those with many years of on-the-job experience is invaluable. Each class teaches productive methods of repair while enhancing the student’s personal management skills so that they can grow in their desired field.

In the same manner that exercise and eating properly are the keys to good health, preventive maintenance, however simple, assists and promotes an individual’s ability to combat issues before they start. An example for technicians would be scheduled aircraft inspections. These required operational inspections serve two very good purposes: first, it promotes safety as far as the aircraft’s airworthiness; second, it gives opportunity for the technician to refresh and hone their skills by attending a maintenance training class. The optimum case would be to study the disassembled aircraft while it is down for its checkup.

There are multiple benefits to be gained from utilizing the time the aircraft is down. First, crucial classroom or hangar time isn’t lost due to student travel because the instructor is onsite and ready to impart their knowledge. Second, the “house-call” educator also perpetuates the need for continual education so that the student doesn’t stymie their ability to be more in their life. An instructor with a good bedside manner seeks to encourage these fundamentals while helping the student overcome difficult tasks. Third, the training the student has received can be freely imparted to other employees as they themselves become instructors with the things that they have learned.

As the aviation community grows, there seems to be a need for more mobile instructors to make house calls to hangars around the world. Waiting for a seat in a classroom isn’t always conducive to the client. After all, a well-educated technician or professional promotes safety in travel. Isn’t it the duty of all individuals to aid and assist their community? The answer should be yes.