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AOPA LAUNCHES LOCAL EDUCATION AND FLY-A-TEACHER PROGRAMS, ANNOUNCES AVIATION EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP WITH FAA

 AOPA LAUNCHES LOCAL EDUCATION AND FLY-A-TEACHER PROGRAMS,
 ANNOUNCES AVIATION EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP WITH FAA
 COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighty-eight years to the day after the first powered flight, America's pilots are launching two new programs to encourage use of aviation as a student motivator in the nation's classrooms.
 Through America's Pilots Participating in Local Education (APPLE) and the Fly-A-Teacher programs, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will help bring aviation to the classroom.
 Pilots will offer their aviation expertise as a resource to schools across the country, and teachers will be flown on familiarization flights and provided educational materials to help them show students real-world applications of basic math and science skills.
 "Aviation has been proven to be an outstanding motivator in the classroom, especially for minority, disadvantaged, and 'at-risk' students," said AOPA President Phil Boyer at today's news conference. "The APPLE and Fly-A-Teacher programs are the contribution of America's pilots to the perennial challenge of making learning interesting, relevant and fun. AOPA's aviation education programs also support the federal government's national education goals, especially that American students will be first in the world in science and mathematics by the year 2000."
 At College Park Airport outside of Washington, where the Wright brothers trained America's first two military pilots, U.S. Department of Education Director of School Improvement Programs Alicia Coro received the first Fly-A-Teacher flight.
 "Programs such as these can help show teachers how to reverse the decline in student achievement in mathematics and science. A growing body of research documents that hands-on activities, use of and student-centered learning are among the most technology, and student- centered learning are among the most effective ways to increase student interest and achievement," said Coro, who administers the Mathematics and Science Education Programs and the Magnet School Assistance Programs at DoE.
 Another highlight of the event was the signing of an Aviation Education Partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration and AOPA. FAA Acting Administrator Barry L. Harris and AOPA President Boyer agreed that "FAA and AOPA are dedicated to enhancing the aviation education of America's young people, teachers, and others through programs and resource materials at local and national levels."
 FAA has long been a leader in aviation education programs, with more than 50 aviation education resource centers across the country, youth programs, and partnerships with industry and education community.
 According to AOPA's Boyer, the Fly-A-Teacher and APPLE programs PPLE programs will be widely promoted to pilots and educators around the country. "Given the many thousands of pilots who wish to share their expertise and love of flying with young people, we expect that aviation will come alive for students and teachers alike."
 The 300,000-member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the world's largest pilot organization, is based in Frederick, Md. (outside of Washington). AOPA members fly for personal and business purposes.
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