Best Gifts For Pilots

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the best gifts you can purchase for your pilot and aviation-minded friends.

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Are you trying to choose a gift for the pilot in your life that’s both unique and personal? If you’re unfamiliar with the industry, selecting a gift can be difficult. This list will provide you with a variety of aviation gifts that the recipient is sure to enjoy!

Airplane Pop-Up Card

Searching for the perfect card to accompany your gift? Look no further! This card features a beautifully designed 3-D airplane that appears to take flight from the middle of the card once you open it. The card also includes unique details such as clouds and windows.

Aircraft Mount for GoPro

If your pilot also enjoys photography, consider purchasing this GoPro Mount for them. This one is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, and doesn’t require any other screws or fasteners to fit on their plane. They’ll be able to attach it to their aircraft and take breathtaking photos and videos of the skies.

Portable Charger

Is your pilot always on the move? If they’re often away from home, this portable charger is a great gift. This 26800mAh device yields an average of nine days of complete usage. It even comes with the ability to charge three devices at once!

Travel Adapter

If they travel out of a the country frequently, then a travel adapter is another great gift. This model features two outlets and two USB ports and is equipped with surge protection. It includes six types of international adapters, meaning that it’s compatible with outlets in North America, the United Kingdom, most of Europe, Australia, Japan, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

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What You Need to Know About Working in Aviation

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the most important things you need to know if you’re working in aviation.

If you are passionate about flying and are looking to play an integral role in the ever-expanding aviation field, find out more about the kind of available airport jobs and get suggestions for preparing for aviation management jobs by reading this article.

What’s Aviation Management?

When you obtain a degree in aviation management, you’ll have the qualifications to oversee an airline, an airport, or a collection of airport maintenance workers and the day-to-day operations of each. Aviation managers also have the choice to work in the aeronautical engineering field to oversee aircraft manufacturing. Aviation is increasing as an overall field with a great number of openings projected to be possible in the upcoming years.

Types of Airport Roles

The demand for commercial and private pilots is expected to skyrocket in the next couple of decades because many of today’s pilots will retire and airlines need to prepare for the release of new aircraft. According to a 2018 Forbes publication, Boeing predicts that aviation is going to need 790,000 fresh pilots by 2037 to fulfill the growing demand. Pilots aren’t the sole aviation management position in observing demand.

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Dave Pflieger Featured In IdeaMensch

Dave Pflieger was recently featured in IdeaMensch.

Dave Pflieger, CEO of Ravn Alaska and entrepreneur, was recently featured in IdeaMensch. The website is well-known for its interviews with successful entrepreneurs. These interviews look to share wisdom and insight to future entrepreneurs.

Here is an excerpt:

Where did the idea for Virgin America come from?
The idea for Virgin America originated from the world-famous British billionaire, Richard Branson, who wanted to introduce his “Virgin” brand to the United States marketplace. Branson wanted a new, low-cost, high-frills airline in the United States.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
A typical day in both startups and turnarounds is pretty much like a firefighter parachuting into a forest fire and putting out fires; as I like to tell my team, it’s both a sprint and a marathon to either start a company or turn one around. Firstly, you have to put together a great team; secondly, you have to focus on the basics of whatever your business is all about; thirdly, you have to focus on the harder stuff (infrastructure, longer term stuff). The challenging part is that you have to do this all simultaneously, and you have to do them well.

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Three Women That Changed Aviation Forever

David Pflieger highlights several female aviators throughout history.

Women have been flying since 1908, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that they were able to have the same cockpit access as their male counterparts. These three women made particularly significant contributions to the world of aviation and space exploration.

Amelia Earhart

Perhaps the most well-known female pilot in history, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. On August 25, 1932, she also became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States, with a flight that took her from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.

In addition to her aviation success, Earhart was a clothing designer, vice president of the National Aeronautic Association, and a visiting professor at Purdue University. In 1937, Earhart attempted to fly across the world, but it is believed that her plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Her remains have never been found, and her disappearance remains a great mystery.

Harriet Quimby

Although her aviation career was short, Harriet Quimby paved the way for female pilots by becoming the first woman to earn a pilot’s license. After receiving her Federation Aeronautique Internationale certificate in August 1911, she joined an exhibition team called the Moisant International Aviators. Shortly after, she became the first woman to fly across Mexico City.

In April 1912, she became the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel. Upon returning to the United States, Quimby performed at the Harvard-Boston Aviation Meet on July 1, 1912. During her flight, Quimby and her co-pilot, William Willard, fell to their deaths in Dorchester Harbor after their plane flipped over, ejecting both of them.

Bessie Coleman

The first African American to receive a pilot’s license, Bessie Coleman was determined to succeed in the aviation world, despite her race and gender. After attempting to earn her license in the United States, Coleman went to France where she earned her license from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale on June 15, 1921.

After earning her license, Coleman began performing throughout the United States, including Chicago and southern states. Her ultimate goal of opening a flying school for African Americans was nearly realized, but a crash during a test flight at the May Day celebration in Jacksonville, Florida on April 30, 1926 ended her life.