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Tennessee 4th grader wins international aviation art contest


Two Knoxville students place in national aviation art contest awards

Governor Phil Bredesen with Jeanne Hardin and her two art students, Chihye Kim and Zeth Akins

Governor Phil Bredesen with Jeanne Hardin and her two art students, Chihye Kim and Zeth Akins

NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen congratulated two Knoxville, Tennessee elementary students at the state Capitol Thursday for placing first and second in their age group in a national aviation arts contest. The Governor recognized 4th grader Zeth Akins for placing second in the International Aviation Arts Contest. Student Chihye Kim was recognized for winning her age bracket in the National competition. Both children are students in Ms. Jeanne Hardin’s class at Cedar Bluff Elementary School.

“Being an artist and a pilot myself, I’m especially appreciative and proud of the work of these young people and the recognition their work has brought to Tennessee,” said Bredesen. “Congratulations to each of these students for their work, talent and achievement.”

The annual International Aviation Art Contest, an event of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) is cosponsored by the National Association of State Aviation Officials Center for Aviation Research and Education (NASAO Center) and the National Aeronautics Association (NAA). «Read the rest of this article»

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Flying high: Adrenalin rush comes with a sense of peace


Clarksville Online spent several days at Outlaw Field in late September, garnering a new respect and understanding of the role this small airfield and its’ businesses bring to the community. Over the next four days, we’ll give you an inside look at the business and the adventure that is Outlaw Field.

Christine Piesyk goes over specifications card

Flight check...

Growing up outside New England’s largest Air Force Base, I was always captivated by flying, both the small jets and the huge bombers that once a year would be on display for air base “open houses.” Years later, I found myself in the envious position of being paid to do things like hot air ballooning, soaring in a glider over the Vermont mountains, racing along the ridges of a mountain in small Cessna with a pilot whose feet barely reached the pedals. Exhilarating. Intoxicating. Adventure.

When the opportunity to try my hand at piloting a Cessna arrived, I reached out and grabbed it. No second thoughts. I stepped onto the tarmac aiming for the passenger door.

“No, you take the left side…” my flight instructor said. Without a bit of hesitation, I headed around the place and took the “driver’s seat.” «Read the rest of this article»

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