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Faces Of Aviation!

There are many people who are involved in aviation and are dedicated to promoting general aviation and we don’t always see those faces.  This short segment, Faces of Aviation, will introduce us to a few of those terrific people!

Jessica Ambats~Editor of Plane & Pilot Magazine and an aviation photographer
-Passionate about aviation and photography. I feel very fortunate to be able to combine my two passions with air-to-air photography.

-Awarded the photography designation “Best of the Best” by Aviation Week & Space Technology

-Multi-engine instrument rated pilot, with a seaplane rating

-Favorite type of flying, low and slow.  I loved flying the Storch with Kirby!

-Native New Yorker, living in California

-Graduate of Harvard University

www.facebook.com/jessicaambats

www.planeandpilotmag.com

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Air Force at Bridge Day 2013

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By The Numbers-Kirby Chambliss in 24 Hours!

8 Airplanes

3 Hangars

Unlimited Red Bull

5am-I tend to wake up super early, no matter what time I go to bed! I usually run four miles on the treadmill, unless I’m near a beach, and finish by lifting a few weights.

6am-A good breakfast is on the list, something simple, like homemade granola with coconut milk or yogurt, maybe even a smoothie. Breakfast is a great time to catch up with my family!

7am-Practice time, early in the morning is always best, when it’s still and cool outside. Practicing in the morning gives me a feeling of energy for the remainder of the day.

8:15am-After I fly, I begin the process of answering my emails. On an average day I have 50-60 emails and most require a response! Keep them coming, I love hearing from you!

10am-By 10am at a show, we have already been to the briefing and are headed out to the hangar to give media rides. We might have three rides per day, maybe four.

12pm-Somewhere in there we have lunch on the go….I try to have something healthy, like a salad or some fresh fruit. If I have time between rides I return phone calls.

2pm-The Team might schedule a Q&A session for a local group or a speaking engagement. I really enjoy this, because it gives me a chance to tell people how incredible general aviation is and how important it is for young people to be involved.

3pm-The practice show is well underway and it usually lasts for several hours.

4:30pm Showtime!

4:50pm Sign Autographs, never have figured out why anyone would want my autograph….

5:30pm-After we get the airplanes taken care of, we head back to the hotel for a shower so that we can make it to the welcome party.

6:45pm-The show almost always host a party for the sponsors, performers and special guests of the air show. I like these events, gives me an opportunity to meet the local sponsors and have some fun with the organizers. We also get a chance to let them know how much we appreciate their hard work!

9pm-This is a good time to meet with the Team and make a plan for the next day, also to see which special projects require our attention.

10:30pm-Finally time for some shut-eye! I need to wind down so I watch a few minutes of TV or read.

11pm-Lights out!

~Schedule always subject to change due to the nature of the business!

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Faces Of Aviation!

There are many people who are involved in aviation and are dedicated to promoting general aviation and we don’t always see those faces.  This short segment, Faces of Aviation, will introduce us to a few of those terrific people!

Lori Quan~Airport Administrator

*  Lori has the fun and sometimes trying job of managing  the Chandler Municipal Airport in Chandler, Arizona, located just 18 miles southeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International.

* Lori is an Arizona native and has 2 children, Adam and Jillian and a boxer named Roxy.

* Lori’s Dad was an Air Force mechanic and worked on the T-38, F-4, F-5,F-100, F-111, and F-15.

* Chandler has over 200,000 takeoff and landings each year and ranks among the nation’s busiest general aviation airports in the US.

* Lori believes, “General aviation airports should have an unapologetic swagger, there is no better home for adventurous spirits and innovative thinkers than an airport like this one.”

* See more about Chandler Airport at www.chandleraz.gov/airport

* Twitter@flychd

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Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance, Pure Magic!

If you like airplanes and cars, then you would love the Morgan Adams Foundation Concours d’Elegance! This event is magical, helping to improve the quality of life and survival rates of children diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer and other rare cancers.

Annually held at the Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado, the money from this event is dedicated to children’s cancer research. Kirby commented, “I am very fortunate to be involved with this fantastic event!” I am sure that the entire Team feels the same way!

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