Thursday, July 1, 2010
What Pilots Fly: A new book by Sue Hughes of PowderPuff Pilot
Author/CFI Sue Hughes has just released her third “Claire Bear” book, giving young girls a glimpse of What Pilots Fly. See Sue at Oshkosh, in the Authors’ Corner, too!
Powder Puff Pilot Debuts New Picture Book for Aspiring Aviators
Third Title in the Claire Bear Series
June 29, 2010 – Aurora, Colorado – Aurora publisher Powder Puff Pilot announced the debut of their third aviation book for children, Claire Bear Explains… What Pilots Fly. Like the first two picture books in the series, it stars Claire Bear, a pink‑clad aerobatic performer and mentor for aspiring young pilots. The series is the brainchild of Sue Hughes, a pilot since 1996 and a current flight instructor and aviation technical writer, with the goal of introducing the thrills and excitement of aviation to a new generation.
“For the first time since the Wright Brothers, the number of new pilots has decreased in the past few years, for a variety of reasons,” reported Hughes. “If we can engage kids in flying at an early age, perhaps we can reverse that trend, and spark an interest in aviation that will last a lifetime.” Hughes targets especially girls with her books, which feature a character that girls can relate to. “Once an airshow visitor asked me, ‘Do you have any books with a boy in them?’ I wanted to tell him to pick up any other aviation book on the shelf—they all have boys in them! Besides, would it be so bad for a boy to read about a girl pilot?”
In Hughes’ new book, a young girl asks Claire Bear what she flies. The accomplished aviatrix takes the opportunity to teach the youngster the wide range of aircraft and missions that pilots fly—from gliders skimming along air currents, to aerial refuelers, to medevac aircraft transporting patients—ending with the query, “What will you fly?” Hughes presents the many facets of aviation in 48 pages with lyrical rhymes and bright, colorful illustrations that children from 3 to 8 will adore.
The first book in the series, Claire Bear Presents… The Pilot Alphabet published in 2008, teaches Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, and the rest of the words that pilots and air traffic controllers use to communication clearly over the radio. Now in its third printing, it was named by USA Book News as a National 2009 Best Book finalist in the Children’s Picture Book category. In 2009, Hughes published her second picture book, Claire Bear’s First Solo, which accurately depicts a pilot’s first solo experience—an exhilarating flight that every aviator vividly remembers.
In addition to publishing, Powder Puff Pilot designs and sells pilot gear and accessories for women such as a pink pilot logbook, pink aviation headsets, and pink seat cushions. They also carry over 20 other biographies, flight adventures, and fiction titles that are by and/or about amazing aviatrixes.