Thursday, October 31, 2013

PR: New Plush Airplane for Kids

Powder Puff Pilot Introduces “My First Airplane”



Waynoka, OK - While many adults love airplanes enough to cuddle with them, a new product from Powder Puff Pilot is designed for kids to do just that. The Oklahoma-based web retailer of aviation gear and accessories is introducing “My First Airplane,” a super soft, highly huggable plush airplane that comes in powder pink or sky blue. 

“My First Airplane” is a natural addition to Powder Puff Pilot’s line of products that target women and children. “We’re all about ideas that popularize aviation among the younger set,” said owner and flight instructor Sue Hughes, “because when a child falls in love with aviation, it’s likely to last a lifetime.”

Hughes learned about “My First Airplane” from Michele McGuire, who designed the nearly 2-foot-long plush airplane. McGuire owns Safe and Sound Pets, which caters to canine air passengers with specially made headsets, logbooks, luggage, and other products for furry flyers. 

“My First Airplane” grew from McGuire’s design for her popular airplane-shaped squeaky toys for dogs. She went to the same U.S. manufacturer with the new, larger design for kids, and it took off from there. Her tag line, “You're never too young to ‘have your own airplane’ and dream of flying.” 

Powder Puff Pilot is one of dozens of retailers that carry products from Safe and Sound Pets.
Hughes’ own contribution to promoting aviation among children is a series of picture books she authored starring Claire Bear, a pink‑clad aerobatics pilot. She has sold thousands of copies of her four-book series published by Powder Puff Pilot, as well as children’s books from other authors. Powder Puff Pilot products are available at

Powder Puff Pilot was founded in 2008 by Sue Hughes of Waynoka, Oklahoma. Powder Puff Pilot products are sold online and at over 60 retailers, including aviation museums, pilot shops, and bookstores. 

Visit or call 888‑801-6628.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nerf Rebelle Rocks!

I'm on Nickelodian - just turned it on...

Saw something that just shocked me - and pleased me.

There was actually an "action-adventure" type commercial for girls.

Of course it must be based on The Hunger Games, I think, it showed a girl running around carrying a crossbow.

A Nerf Rebelle.

It will be interesting to see if there are any more toys of that sort.

I can well remember many years ago when Pirates of the Caribbean III came out, Elizabeth looked really cool in her CHinese pirate uniform - but when the notebooks for the series came out, there were plenty of Captain Jack and plenty of Will Turner, but none of her with a sword.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Woman Pilots Calendar available from Claire Beringer

BERINGER AERO Calendar 2014:

It will be a "Grand Cru Calendar" this year:  12 pictures of enthusiast and skilled women pilots taken at Oshkosh, also in France by Véronique Béringer, who is a pilot too. 

Through their portraits you will discover their passion for flying and for their airplane. 

The calendar will be available in November; you can order now. 

Best regards
Claire Béringer

Calendar back cover

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Helena woman named "master pilot" by FAA

From SeattlePI:  Helena woman named "master pilot" by FAA
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Many people know Patricia Johnson as an educator. She taught physics and earth science in Helena for 27 years, and now she administers school grants at the Office of Public Instruction.
To fellow pilots, Johnson is a lifelong student and aviation advocate. To air traffic controllers, she is N5812R — the registration number printed in bold letters along the side of her 1966 Cessna 172 plane, which Pat calls "Romeo."
Johnson may not be your typical flying ace. She doesn't perform aerobatics shows, fly fighter jets or take off in treacherous conditions. Flying for her is a hobby and an escape. She's had many adventures over a lifetime of flying, but notes that she's done most things only once.
But Johnson's flying experiences are singular in other ways as well.
She was the only woman in the student flying club at the old Montana State College in Bozeman, where she first took a seat inside a cockpit 51 years ago.
And this year, she joined another, much more selective club, as she became the 42nd person in Montana, and the first woman, to earn the prestigious Wright Brothers "Master Pilot Award" by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Master Pilot designation recognizes at least 50 consecutive years of aviation expertise and safe flying practices. Johnson's flying record is as spotless as "Romeo's" gleaming nose cone.
Education and flying have never really been separate in Johnson's life. Airplanes often figured as examples in her physics classes, and earth science students learned about geology through photographs taken during her journeys above the continent.
Johnson says she didn't deliberately try to bring aeronautics into her classrooms, but as the stuff of her imagination, it certainly made its way inside. She once brought an engine into a school basement, and students at C.R. Anderson helped her replace the fabric covering over the wings of her 1948 Aeronca Champion.
Many years later, Johnson ran into a former student working at a bank. "I'm taking flying lessons," she told Johnson, "Remember when you showed us how you were re-covering your wings?"
Johnson has taught aerospace education workshops at Carroll College for teachers, and has received several national awards for her efforts, including the Scott Crossfield National Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year.
In 1984, she was selected as the Montana candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space program, for which more than 11,000 teachers applied nationwide. (Its inaugural winner, teacher Christa McAuliffe, died in the 1986 Challenger Shuttle disaster).
Brent Vetter, co-owner of Vetter Aviation where Johnson keeps her Cessna, said he appreciates her work as a kind of ambassador for aviation.
"She's promoted it throughout her life," he said. "I find that to be refreshing." Vetter said airports can be intimidating places for novices, which often keeps them from taking to the air.
While she's been a leader in aerospace education and outreach, Johnson herself has always been a careful student of aviation.
"She's very conscientious," Vetter said. He first met Johnson in the 1970s, when she sought help learning to fly a plane with a tail wheel. "Recently she just went through a ground school that I taught." Johnson didn't need to, he said, but she wanted to catch up on the latest changes in navigation.
"She's trying to be as good a pilot as possible, and I admire her for that. She's strived to always stay abreast of the latest developments," Vetter said.
Yet, Johnson points out the instruments in the cockpit of "Romeo" are all original to the 47-year-old machine — as are the chrome ashtrays in the seatbacks.
A true student, Johnson said she always asks for advice from others, especially the local pilots where she's traveling. "Safety is very important. I'm a fair-weather pilot," she said. "You can't be macho, you can't say 'I know it all,' because you don't."
Being cautious hasn't prevented her from having grand adventures. Johnson has flown through the Grand Canyon and taken a lesson in aerobatics (two more things she's done once). She also took a long trip through Canada to the Arctic Circle, camping alongside the plane during many of her stops.
"In these years as a leisure pilot, I have flown to some interesting places and have met some fascinating people," she wrote in her application letter for the Master Pilot Award, after being nominated by several instructors and peers. "It has been a good life."
Despite her 51 years in the air, flying wasn't something Johnson had ever dreamed of.
"My father — I didn't know it — hated airplanes," she recalled during a recent interview. "When we grew up, we had trucks and cars, and we had rubber battleships that floated in the bathtub," she said, "and dolls — we had lots of dolls — I hated dolls."
Not airplanes, though.
When she first entered a plane in college — tepidly, upon the insistence of an acquaintance — Johnson said she was shocked to learn that airplanes had wheels. "I knew nothing," she laughed.
The two went for a flight over Bozeman in a tiny Cessna 120. "We got in and I liked it," she said, her eyes widening.
So Johnson borrowed money from her sister to join the student flying co-op in January 1962. She flew solo in April, and then participated in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association meet in Oklahoma that same year.
"I would get up in the plane when I was a student pilot, and I'd fly the practice area and turn off the radio and be all alone," Johnson said. "I know how crowded you are in college. I was free.
"Flying is for freedom of spirit. It takes you away from your ordinary cares and worries. It's just a nice serenity."
Johnson said she's grateful to have had so many years of "the pleasure of flight," though she says she isn't any more deserving of the award than the next pilot.
"It doesn't make me feel special, because I'm not. I'm just me, living my life," she said.
"I've always been the only woman or the first woman or something like that," Johnson said, "because it's only more recently that the young girls are doing all the things they're doing.
"I hope it encourages young women to fly. That's really what I hope."