Pi­lot Notes

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Good­bye to two avi­a­tion greats; hello to new de­signs and fu­tur­is­tic con­cepts

Air dis­play and aer­o­batic pi­lot and oc­ca­sional Pi­lot con­trib­u­tor Lau­ren Richard­son has be­come the first-ever ‘Light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion Am­bas­sador’, charged with com­mu­ni­cat­ing the LAA’S mes­sage of ‘fly­ing for fun’ to a wider au­di­ence. Lau­ren, who dis­plays a Pitts Spe­cial that is op­er­ated on an LAA Per­mit to Fly, will in ad­di­tion to her air­show com­mit­ments work as a STEM am­bas­sador in schools and pro­mote the As­so­ci­a­tion at fly­ing clubs and LAA mem­ber events.

Lau­ren started to take fly­ing les­sons when she was nine­teen, af­ter sav­ing money work­ing as an en­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tice at six­teen. She has com­peted in aer­o­batic com­pe­ti­tions and this year marks her fifth sea­son as a pro­fes­sional air dis­play pi­lot. “I am so ex­cited to be tak­ing on a role as the first-ever am­bas­sador for the Light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion, with the aim of en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple into avi­a­tion and more avi­a­tors into the fun side of GA,” said Lau­ren. “We need to in­ter­est more young peo­ple in fly­ing and the LAA can of­fer an af­ford­able route to get­ting in­volved. Fly­ing is fun and to give some­thing back is the ul­ti­mate goal for me. Both the LAA and another key sup­porter, the Wings Al­liance, are com­mit­ted to bring­ing more young peo­ple into en­gi­neer­ing and avi­a­tion. Who knows, maybe one or two who never even thought about sci­ence or tech­nol­ogy or maths as ca­reer paths will be the next world-chang­ers, re­searchers and en­gi­neers or pi­lots? It’s an in­cred­i­ble priv­i­lege to per­haps in­flu­ence some­one else to do truly amaz­ing things.”

“Lau­ren com­bines be­ing a qual­i­fied pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer with out­stand­ing fly­ing skills,” says LAA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer and fel­low Pi­lot writer Steve Slater. “But it is her com­mit­ment to shar­ing her pas­sion for fly­ing which re­ally sets her apart. We’ve got an ex­cit­ing year ahead of us as we reach out both to new, younger mem­bers and rein­vig­o­rate the en­thu­si­asm of our reg­u­lars. Lau­ren is the first of a small num­ber of am­bas­sadors who will help us achieve those aims.”

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