Why do we fly? Do we like the reduced travel time? Is it the excitement? Or could it be the challenge? My reason to fly may be much different than someone departing the very same airport. Some aviators choose to use their unique experience to visit family and friends, while others may plan a trip to do nothing but get away from family and friends. Just kidding. However winning a grand prize that includes a $ in front of it certainly can be a reason for any of us to fly.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association or AOPA has just recentlly introduced the Keep 'em flying challenge. This is an initiative to energize general aviation pilots all over the United States to get out there and fly. With spring and warmer weather right around the corner, the goal of the AOPA is to generate more flights and to track the progress. The rules for the challenge are simple and the pilot must prove the cross countries actually happened through logbook entries. The use of social media is highly recommended throughout the challenge to post pictures and updates during the completion of the challenge.
This is a great reason to get out this summer and log some flight time. For those pilots who fly regularly keep track of your flights and submit your information to AOPA for a chance at the grand prize. Also, a great idea for those of us who have been cooped up all winter watching flying movies. If you cannot come up with any other reason to fly check out this contest and explore somewhere new. I do not think any pilot would mind having some extra $ in our pockets because we got out and enjoyed our passion.
The keep 'em flying challenge is sponsored by the Aircraft Owners & Pilot Association and the full contest details and article by Thomas Haines can be found at: