VERO BEACH — Piper Aircraft announced Dec. 15 that it has received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Pilot 100. The Pilot 100, which was announced during Sun-n-Fun in 2019, is the value priced addition to Piper’s trainer-class line. Following certification, Piper began deliveries to its launch customer, American Flyers, who will be taking delivery of eight Pilot 100i aircraft by the end of 2020
“We are excited to add the Pilot 100 series to our training product line at a price point that provides optimal economics for all operators", said Piper president and CEO, Simon Caldecott. “During these uncertain times, our team has continued to remain focused and has worked diligently to bring to market an aggressively priced, proven trainer that offers the advanced systems and performance that flight schools and airline programs of all sizes desire.”
The new Piper Pilot 100 rounds off Piper’s portfolio of training aircraft products. With five model series (Pilot 100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, and Seminole) the company offers the widest range of training products of any aircraft manufacturer, and meets all the individual needs of its training operators and customers. For 2021, flight schools now have an option for a factory new, robust trainer that is priced under $300,000 and is IFR equipped with digital autopilot.
“The Piper Pilot 100i is the perfect mix of simplicity and technology. The G3X avionics suite is the only glass platform that allows for toggling between round dial and tape displays in a touchscreen format. This outperformed the G1000 suite on so many levels and was the primary reason we selected the Pilot 100i,” said American Flyers’ National Chief Pilot, Steven Daun.
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic Embraces the Spirit of Change
STUART — For the first time in 21 years, The Friends of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic will not be hosting their annual gala in January. The event typically generates 35 – 40% of their fundraising revenue each year and, like other non-profits hit hard by the pandemic with increased demand, a loss that large would be devastating for the Clinic and its patients. VIM Clinic is the only free clinic in Martin County serving low-income residents without health insurance. The staff and volunteers with The Friends of VIM Clinic looked at this as an opportunity to embrace change and focus on the positive and they created a fresh, new approach to their fundraising.
The gala committee was inspired by the famous Audrey Hepburn quote “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” With spring and renewal in mind, butterflies became the symbol of that sentiment. The committee proposed filling the walls of the Clinic with butterflies to epitomize the idea that something beautiful can come from change. Donors loved the idea and it became the Spirit of Change Celebration. Donors can sponsor a butterfly and have their name intricately woven into the wings of a butterfly image to be mounted on the wall. The butterfly walls will be revealed on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at an open house event.
Mary Fields, executive director, said “We had to find a way to excite our donors. Everyone loves attending our gala and they were not interested in a virtual version or un-gala. The Spirit of Change Celebration allows us to offer something special to our donors and we can still support local businesses that usually help out with our gala.” Donors can come to the open house which will include socially-distant protocols with limited guests or they can arrange a private showing at a later date. The reveal will also be videotaped so that donors who are not able to visit in person can still see the artwork they helped to create.
The Spirit of Change Celebration has already raised $100,000 for the Clinic, about 50% of the goal. Donations received before Jan. 10, 2021 will ensure inclusion on the wall in time for the reveal. The Friends of VIM Clinic Board president, Patsy Conrades, said “We are delighted to turn this negative situation into a positive. The clinic has been there for thousands of our Martin County neighbors for over 25 years and we will not let them down now when the need has never been greater.” For more information visit vimclinic.net/spiritofchange.
About VIM Clinic:
Over 25 years ago, Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Clinic took a new approach to community healthcare. VIM Clinic places it focus on practicing the art of medicine instead of the business of healthcare. The Clinic provides free, comprehensive medical care to low-income, uninsured, Martin County residents. Utilizing the expertise of staff and volunteer medical professionals, patients are treated like friends and neighbors with the goal of improving their overall health and wellness. Thanks to the support of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and hundreds of other private medical practices on the Treasure Coast, VIM Clinic has become one of the premiere free and charitable clinics in the country serving thousands of patients each year. Visit vimclinic.net to learn about giving the gift of health and how it changes, and often saves, lives in Martin County.
Monthly calendar listings of programs and events will replace Parks & Recreation "Leisure Time" magazine
PORT ST. LUCIE — Port St. Lucie residents will soon have two new ways to stay up-to-date on what's happening at the City Port St. Lucie's Parks & Recreation Department: a monthly calendar listing as well as a new annual publication titled “Inside the Outdoors.”
These new publications will replace the bi-annual program magazine "Leisure Time," which was distributed throughout City facilities, online and as a newspaper insert in TC Palm for several years but was expensive to create.
“This change in our marketing protocol will reap benefits for our residents, as they’ll have more timely program and event information available to them. Moreover, our departmental offerings will be in the hands (and before the eyes) of our customers much more frequently,” stated Sherman Conrad, Director City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department.
Many parks and recreation agencies, nationally and across the state, are moving in this direction and are relying more on digital channels for communicating the programs and events offered. In the National Recreation & Park Association’s (NRPA’s) Marketing and Communications Report, release in early 2020, it was cited: “In recent years, 12% of agencies have stopped printing program catalogs while 18% of agencies have reduced the frequency of catalog publication.”
The department now produces an annual publication, entitled “Inside the Outdoors,” which is a general overview of the department and its services. This guide is available within all City facilities and online, for residents to review. Included in the annual program guide is an “A-Z” listing of programs and events offered throughout the ensuing year.
Each month, residents can find a monthly calendar that lists reoccurring programs and special events occurring at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, MIDFLORIDA Event Center, and Minsky Gym. These can be found in all City facilities, as well as online at www.PSLParks.com.
“While we recognize that our guest have many options from which to choose to pursue their leisure opportunities, the fact that we’re more often sharing all that we do with them will aid toward better serving our community, said Conrad.
Join the Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation group on Facebook. With more than 1,050 members, this Facebook group is growing quickly and provides residents a place to talk about parks, fitness recreation and special events that are happening in the City of Port St. Lucie.
Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
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