Louisianians Inducted Into IFOF (Part II)
Four members of the Louisiana Aviation Community, Bill Adams, Alice Fanto, Mae Marquet and Jim Riviere, were honored as 2018 inductees into the International Forest of Friendship, in Atchison, Kansas during ceremonies in September. The Forest is a living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace.
The weekend started with a Cocktail Party on Friday evening on the lawn of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Home which is now a museum. Here are a few photos of that event.
As promised, I am publishing the press release for each of the inductees in subsequent editions of the Louisiana Aviation News. I continue today in alphabetical order with…..
Alice Escude FantoAlice Escude Fanto, of New Orleans was honored as a 2018 inductee into the International Forest of Friendship, in Atchison, Kansas during ceremonies in September. The Forest is a living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace. Alice was recognized for her driven passion, adventure and a relentless need to encourage others.
Alice became a pilot in 1998 at the age of 51 in her hometown of New Orleans. In 2010, she gifted her lawn and garden business to two of her loyal employees and became the donor of a kidney that added years to a sick friend’s life. This spirit of generosity is also evident in aviation where she never misses the opportunity to offer her support, showing up for the annual Fly it Forward Events to mentor and offer encouragement to girls, participating in Pilots for Patients flights and Cajun Airlift Disaster Relief efforts.
A longtime member of Nola 99s, “Captain Alice” is a key player on why this close-knit group is so successful. Her effervescence keeps things fun, while supporting the mission of sharing her passion. A stranger to none, perhaps her greatest quality is the ability to see the best in people as well as help others to see the good in themselves.
When not at the airport or on a flying adventure with her 99s, Alice enjoys spending time with her daughter and two grandsons. She doesn’t know what her next peak experience in this life will be, but rest assured she is not done!
To read Alice’s full bio click http://www.ifof.org/2018-honorees3.html
Why all the red tennis shoes in this picture? All of the NOLA 99’s wore them all weekend because Alice wears them all the time.
The International Forest of Friendship was a gift to America on the Nation’s 200th birthday (1976) from the City of Atchison (Amelia Earhart’s birthplace) and the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. It is made up of trees representing all the 50 states and 35 countries around the world, including a “moon tree” grown from a seed taken to the moon on Apollo 14. Among the more than 1500 honorees are such internationally recognized flyers as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, the Wright Brothers, Sally Ride, Eileen Collins, and Chuck Yeager. The public is invited to the induction ceremonies which are held during the 3rd weekend of September (it will be September 20-21 in 2019). More information about the Forest, and points of contact are at www.ifof.org
Show Support for Grand Isle Airport
The town of Grand Isle, La. is trying to open a new airport where the old Elmer’s Island airport used to be many years ago and is looking for airplane owners to show support for this by sending letters or emails expressing interest in using the airport. Please include the type of aircraft they expect to use and how often they may use the airport. Please send by either email or regular mail to: Gilevee@yahoo.com
Grand Isle Independent Levee District
PO Box 757
Grand Isle, LA. 70358
Mason Andrews is Back in the USA
Mason Andrews is continuing on his journey to establish a new World Record as the Youngest Solo Pilot to complete a Circumnavigation of the globe. He’d also like to bring the record back to the USA, where it belongs!
Mission Update from Mason’s Dad Jeb -
Early Friday AM MedCamps Mission Update: I am EXTREMELY HAPPY to report Mason safely on the ground in Nome Alaska! GRATEFUL to The Lord to have him back on US soil alive and well. Extremely difficult leg with icing conditions that caused him to dive down into the weeds while avoiding mountains! He also fought a 35 knot headwind for the last 4 hours. Extremely WELL DONE young man...WELL DONE!!!!
Mason is a rising Junior in the Louisiana Tech University Professional Aviation Program who has earned the FAA Private Pilot Certificate along with his High Performance and Complex Aircraft Endorsements. He is flying his 1976 Piper Lance PA32R-300 aircraft, The Spirit of Louisiane in honor of Louisiana’s rich French Heritage!
You can follow Mason on his around the world flight with his Onboard Tracker which you can access by clicking HERE
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Grand Isle Airport Shocks Conservationists
Note: Interesting that the same day I was asked to publish something to gather support for the Grand Isle Airport on Elmer’s Island that this article was published….
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The state of Louisiana has spent millions of dollars turning a sandy island in south Jefferson Parish into one of the Gulf Coast's foremost refuges for birds and other wildlife. Now state leaders hope to do what conservationists say is unthinkable - pave over part of Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge to build a commercial airport servicing small jets and private planes.
An airport lease agreement proposing two runways, an air traffic control tower, terminal and hangars was quietly approved by the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries last month. The agreement surprised many wildlife scientists familiar with the refuge, who worry the airport would harm critically important bird habitat on a coastline that's rapidly disappearing under the encroaching sea.
"This came out of nowhere," said Erik Johnson, Audubon Louisiana's director of bird conservation. "Birds and airports just don't mix. I don't know of any refuge anywhere with an airport. The idea is pretty bizarre."
To read more click HERE
Cajun Airlift Doing Relief Flights
The folks of the Cajun Airlift are active again doing some relay flights of relief supplies to the victims of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas.
If you would like to follow their activities and get involved Like their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/cajunairlift/
Cajun Airlift volunteer pilots Kelli Kuntz, Melissa Holley and Julie Jones.
Volunteer pilot Jim Stratton with a load of supplies in his Cherokee Six.
Win A Ride With the Aeroshell Team
Have you ever dreamed of flying with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team? Now's your chance!
Four tickets will be drawn and the winners will take an Orientation Flight with the team.
Here's the catch.... YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN, as the ride will take place October 13, 2018 after The Best Little Air Show in the World at the Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport! The drawing will take place between 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
You can't win if you don't buy a ticket!
Tickets will be sold all the way up to the drawing!
To buy tickets click HERE