Where will we find tomorrow’s pilots? The military, long a provider of trained aviators, hasn’t produced sufficient numbers to satisfy the civil aviation demand for quite some time. It is the collegiate and private-academy flight-training programs that have taken up the slack and will continue to be the primary provider of pilots indefinitely.
Civilian Pilot Training Program
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (Booth No. 7994) has announced the recipient of its Fifth Annual Combs Gates Award. The Annapolis, Md.-based winner, Jane Birch, will receive a $20,000 cash prize for her soon-to be published book, They Flew Proud. The work was inspired by the World War II experiences of her father, Gardner Birch, a flight instructor in the Civilian Pilot Training Program.