I recently had the pleasure of interviewing AOPA member Shannon Osborne, a member of the North Jersey chapter of The Ninety-Nines, who has come up with a unique idea to help keep your pilot skills sharp while bad weather limits winter flying.
Shannon has pledged to donate $5 to AOPA’s Air Safety Institute for every course the 16 members of her Ninety-Nines chapter take in the month of February. In my story, Osborne emphasized that she is a firm believer in AOPA’s safety products.
“I survived an accident where unfortunately, the other pilot didn’t. The skills I learn in these courses can save lives,” she said. “Whenever I get into a situation, I hear the voice of my flight instructor, Tim O’Neil, saying ‘fly the plane.’ You hear these things as a student, and if you keep refreshing that, you can save your life and others.”
Although I’m not a member of her chapter, I was inspired, so I’m going to take up her challenge. As a student pilot, there many ASI interactive courses, safety quizzes, webinars and safety seminars I can take. The courses are free and you don’t have to be an AOPA member to take them. My flight instructor recommended I take “Say It Right,” “Runway Safety,” “Airspace for Everyone,” and “Do the Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots.”
Since it’s just me, I’ll double my pledge to $10 a course. But I’m encouraging my fellow student pilots to do the same, with an amount of your choosing. Osborne said that nickels add up to dimes. “If we get a lot of people out there doing this challenge, the money will add up.”
I’ll let you know what courses I took and my total donation at the end of the month.