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
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
- The first person to fly solo from Oahu, Hawaii to Oakland,
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.”
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.
Photo by Smithsonian
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.