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D-Day Squadron Updates

Newsletter - March 2019
Follow us on our journey as we prepare to cross the Atlantic for Daks Over Normandy in June 2019.

Latest Updates

That’s All, Brother Flies 2000 Miles to Honor D-DAY Veteran With a Ride

That’s All, Brothermade an unscheduled trip from its home base in San Marcos, Texas to Dayton, Ohio on March 17, 2019, to visit and honor WWII veteran Jim “Pee Wee” Martin.

D-Day Squadron Announces Sponsorship of New Educational Program

The D-Day Squadron announced its official support of the “People of D-Day” resource trunk and its companion website. This is an educational initiative sponsored by Student News Net.

Aircraft Spruce Announces Support of D-Day Squadron and its Mission to Normandy

Aircraft Spruce, a superstore for all things aircraft, is now reinforcing the mission of the D-Day Squadron through discounted pricing on some items pilots and crews of the Squadron can use…

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Registration Desk Now Open

AEA International Convention & Trade Show
March 25-28, 2019 — Palm Springs, California
AEA Convention Registration Desk is now open!

Avoid the rush…Pick up your name badge TODAY!

Whether you registered in advance or plan to register on-site, the AEA Convention registration desk is open for your convenience from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at the Palm Springs Convention Center lobby.

AEA Convention attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to check-in Sunday in order to avoid the rush prior to the official opening and AEA New Product Introductions session scheduled for Monday, March 25.

Go to the advance registration desk located in the lobby of the Palm Springs Convention Center if you preregistered. Be sure to bring your yellow registration confirmation receipt with you. If you need to register on-site, follow the signs to the on-site registration. 

Remember to pick up your registration packet prior to 5 p.m. on Monday if you have a ticket for the AEA First-Nighter Party. 

Exhibitors: Please note that you must pick up your badge prior to entering the exhibit hall for booth setup.
AEA Registration Desk Hours of Operation

Palm Springs Convention Center Lobby

Sunday, March 24 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 25 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
AEA Convention on the go!

Sponsored by EDMO Distributors, the mobile-friendly AEA Convention website is available to assist attendees and exhibitors 24/7. 

The website offers an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones. This responsive website means there’s no need to download an app … from the convention’s schedule to a map of the exhibit hall, it’s all right there at your fingertips. 



AOPA Scholarship Deadline Approaching 

More than one million dollars in scholarship money available 


The deadline to apply for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA’s) You Can Fly scholarships is approaching. Opportunities are available to help students earn an initial pilot certificate or get started on advanced training, and applications must be submitted by April 2, 2019. 
AOPA is offering more than $1 million in You Can Fly scholarships for primary and advanced training students, high schoolers who want to learn to fly, and teachers who want to introduce aviation in their classrooms. To help with the application process, AOPA has shared tips on how to make an application stand out among the rest. 


Scholarship recipients can use their awarded funds to pay direct flight training expenses toward a primary pilot certificate. To be eligible, students and teachers must be AOPA members. Student scholarship recipients must complete a flight training milestone  achieving either their first solo or earning a primary pilot certificate  within one year of receiving a scholarship. (Review the eligibility requirements.) Teachers who apply for a scholarship must be full-time employees of a school or school system working to prepare students for a future in aviation. (See the complete teacher eligibility requirements.) Winners will be announced by the end of May.


You Can Fly is AOPA’s multi-pronged program to get pilots flying and keep them flying, and to build a larger, more vibrant general aviation community. A flight training scholarship can be life-changing for a recipient who has dreamed of becoming a pilot but considered such a goal unattainable.


In addition to the scholarships for high school students and teachers, other AOPA members may apply for awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for primary flight training (Review the eligibility requirements) or advanced certificates and ratings (Review the eligibility requirements).

You Can Fly scholarships are made possible by generous donations to the AOPA Foundation, including a $1 million grant from the Ray Foundation for high school students and teacher scholarships. 

For more information and to apply, please visit the AOPA Scholarship Program website.
Support the 2019 You Can Fly Challenge

Double the impact of your donation to the AOPA Foundation by contributing to the 2019 You Can Fly Challenge. For every dollar the AOPA Foundation raises to fund the You Can Fly program by Aug. 31, 2019, the Ray Foundation will match it dollar-for-dollar up to $2 million, for a potential total of $4 million to help get and keep more pilots flying. Donate here.

Read AOPA’s story and watch AOPA’s latest webinar on the high school curriculum and scholarships.


About AOPA

Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly by creating an environment that gives people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy aviation and all it has to offer. As the world’s largest community of pilots and aviation enthusiasts with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA’s events, initiatives, and services bring current and future pilots together and make aviation more accessible to everyone. To learn more, visit


NATA Industry Excellence Awards

Call for Nominations – 2018-2019 NATA Industry Excellence Awards

Two New Distinctions Added to Program

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announces a call for nominations to recognize the individuals, offices and organizations demonstrating excellence in their fields and the highest levels of customer service to the general aviation community. This year, the Association added two new honors to its slate of Industry Excellence Awards: the FBO Customer Service Representative (CSR) Award and the Future Leader Award.

The Industry Excellence Awards, along with the AMT Employer Awards, will be presented at a luncheon held during NATA’s Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference on June 17-19, 2019 in Washington, DC.

“NATA’s awards luncheon is the highest-attended event during our Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference. We are honored to continue highlighting individuals and companies that positively impact the aviation business community. The success of the awards program is largely based on peer recognition and we’re excited to offer additional opportunities for our members to commend colleagues they admire and respect,” stated Karissa Uko, Director of Events. 

NATA members may submit nominations for the following awards:

The inaugural FBO CSR Award will acknowledge the valuable impact FBO CSRs have on the success of our industry exceeding client expectations and maintaining organizational performance and safety goals. 

NATA created the Future Leader Award to encourage and recognize aviation business professionals who make significant contributions to our industry and serve as guiding lights for the next generation. This award is given to an individual, who has shown outstanding promise, passion and professionalism within the general aviation community.

The Airport Executive Partnership Award is given to an airport manager for outstanding efforts to nurture the relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators.

The ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award acknowledges the exceptional performance of a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for a period of 20 or more years.

The Excellence In Pilot Training Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership and excellence in the field of pilot training.

The Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award is granted to an individual for the positive impact he or she had on safety, service and business success.

The Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award is presented to aviation maintenance organizations that encourage and support aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training.

The 2017-2018 NATA Industry Excellence Awards winners were:

  • Airport Executive Partnership Award – Juan E. Rivera, Airport Director, Manassas Regional Airport
  • ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award – George Terry, VP Director of Maintenance, Corporate Eagle
  • Excellence In Pilot Training Award – Janine Schwahn, Chief Instructor, Summit Aviation
  • Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award – Henry L. Graves III, Line Technician, APP Jet Center Manassas
  • Click here for the full list of 2018 AMT Employer Award recipients
Nominations for these awards must be received by NATA no later than March 25, 2019. The nomination form is available by clicking here

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