Category Archives: Aviation Writing

Magazine Writing :: Flying and writing for a cause

Photo courtesy of Jackie Gaertner

Photo courtesy of Jackie Gaertner

I read a lot about animal welfare and animal rescue because it’s an area of interest to me. One day I read an article about a recreational pilot using his small airplane to take some dogs from one part of the U.S. where they weren’t likely to get adopted to an area of the country where they were more in-demand and there was a no-kill movement to give them additional time to get adopted.

A light bulb went off. I write for King Air magazine and Beechcraft owners are some of the most passionate about using their airplanes for good causes. I was certain there had to be King Air owners out there who used their airplanes to help animals. If I could find a few, I could feature them in the magazine and hopefully encourage other pilots to help save animals.

After some Google work, I contacted the Pilots N Paws organization to see if they could help connect me with one of their volunteer pilots who flew a King Air. Honestly, most of the pilots who volunteer there are flying much smaller aircraft so I didn’t get a huge list of names. But I got a name — Chris and Jackie Gaertner of Palo Alto, Calif.

Pilots N Paws

Photo courtesy of Jackie Gaertner

This couple was amazing in helping me tell the story of how they started using their brand-new King Air C90GTx for humanitarian missions as soon as they took delivery of it last December. In addition to helping take cats, dogs and other animals to new homes, the Gaertners also fly cancer patients to appointments and they lease their aircraft at a discounted rate to an organ transplant team.

You can read the full article in the September issue of King Air magazine, published by Village Press. The publication’s audience includes owners of the more than 7,000 Beech King Air turboprop aircraft that have been delivered since 1964, as well as prospective owners. Click on the words “open publication” below the image of the cover or copy and paste this link: http://issuu.com/melindaschnyder/docs/sept_2014_kamag_pilotsnpaws_for_iss/0

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Magazine Writing :: King Air magazine cover on The Persistent Pilot

Rick Nutt_King Air Magazine_Aug 2014_coverI write regularly for King Air magazine but I usually don’t get a chance to interview the operators in person (I really TRIED to get them to send me to Australia for the Royal Flying Doctors article!). However, for the August issue our cover feature focused on Rick Nutt, who lives and owns a business in Wichita, Kansas. It was great to actually get to meet Rick and to see his new hangar home at the Benton Airport being built. I can’t wait to see it when it’s completely finished later this fall. If you visit Stearman Field at Benton Airport, just a few miles outside of Wichita, you certainly can’t miss his hangar — it’s right next to the restaurant.

Rick has been involved with aviation most of his life but didn’t decide to become a pilot until a few years ago. He made up for lost time and now owns three airplanes, including a King Air 200 in which he earned his multi-engine rating.

You can read the full article in the August issue of King Air magazine, published by Village Press. The publication’s audience includes owners of the more than 7,000 Beech King Air turboprop aircraft that have been delivered since 1964, as well as prospective owners. Click on the words “open publication” below the image of the cover or copy and paste this link: http://issuu.com/melindaschnyder/docs/rick_nutt_king_air_magazine_aug_201

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Travel Writing :: Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma, Tennessee

I wrote this article for a content marketing website run by Beechcraft, which has been building and supporting business aircraft, including King Air turboprops and piston-engine Baron and Bonanza models, since 1932.

The article is about the Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma, Tenn., which every October hosts a fly-in for pilots of Beechcraft and other small aircraft.

Follow this link to read the article: http://journey.txtav.com/an-aviation-treasure-chest/

 

Beechcraft Journey screen shot Beechcraft Heritage Museum

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Aviation Writing :: King Air magazine cover on Royal Flying Doctor Service

King Air magazine feature on Royal Flying Doctor Service in AustraliaI love sharing how companies and organizations around the world are using general aviation to help others. There’s no better example of that than the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which for the past 86 years has had the mission of bringing medical care to the remote sections of Australia. Last year RFDS provided medical care to 295,000 people — from routine care for families living on farms to tourists who have accidents in the outback.

You can read the full article in the April issue of King Air magazine, published by Village Press. The publication’s audience includes owners of the more than 7,000 Beech King Air turboprop aircraft that have been delivered since 1964, as well as prospective owners. Click on the image below or if you cannot see the image, copy and paste this link: http://issuu.com/melindaschnyder/docs/april_2014_kamag_royal_flying_docto

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Aviation Writing :: King Air magazine cover on Dynamic Aviation

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 10.22.54 PMAs a regular contributor to King Air magazine, I’m always looking for owners and operators of Beechcraft King Airs to pitch to the magazine’s editor. I was trolling Twitter early this year and came across some great photos posted by @AerialMosquito. The handle intrigued me so I did a little Googling to learn more about the company behind the handle – Dynamic Aviation. With one of the largest private fleets of Beechcraft King Airs (125 aircraft), I knew I wanted to tell this story. Thankfully they were on board and here is the story of how a family-owned business headquartered in Virginia came to own so many King Airs. (You’ll have to read the article to find out why @AerialMosquito is an appropriate handle!)

Side note: this ended up being one of the cooler cover photos I’ve been able to source for a cover. This shows a Dynamic Aviation King Air 200 flying a personnel transport mission over the destroyed “Buddhas of Bamiyan” in the Bamwam Valley of Afghanistan.

You can read the full article in the May issue of King Air magazine, published by Village Press. The publication’s audience includes owners of the more than 7,000 Beech King Air turboprop aircraft that have been delivered since 1964, as well as prospective owners. Click on the image below or if you cannot see the image, copy and paste this link: http://issuu.com/melindaschnyder/docs/may_2014_kamag_dynamic_aviation_fea

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