Since 1973, Alaska’s annual sled dog race from Anchorange to Nome has depended on a corps of volunteer bush pilots to move people and supplies along the trail. They’ve ferried dog food, bales of straw for dog bedding, wooden stakes to mark the trail, cooking fuel, and lumber to build temperary shelters at checkpoints. They carry veterinarians, race officials, volunteers, and checkpoint staff—and of course, dogs. The Idatarod would not be possible without general aviation. Read much more, and view a slideshow of the event, in Tom LeCompte’s article from the April 2008 issue of AOPA Pilot ( http://www.aopa.org/members/files/pilot/2008/dog0804.html ).—Jill W. Tallman
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In an effort to promote aviation I’ve found a creative way to recycle my old aviation magazines. After reading them cover to cover, I remove the address labels and leave them in a waiting room for others to read and hopefully be inspired. The dentist’s office, the doctor’s office, the vet clinic, anywhere I find a waiting room with magazines–even the DMV. What do you do to help promote aviation?
I love this idea, and I’m going to stash a couple magazines in my car for just such a purpose. (I belong to five aviation associations and the back issues are starting to take over my home and my office cube.)
If you have a great idea like John’s, be sure to post it on our Facebook wall and we’ll share in the blog.—Jill W. Tallman