Author Archives: Jennifer Woodard

Remembering Josh Brehm

  HPA grad, Josh Brehm passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2011 due to a plane crash. After graduating from HPA in 2001, Josh went on to become a captain at Southwest Airlines, where he served for ten years. He was an officer in Chapter 1423 of the EAA, in addition to being the web […]

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Where in the World?

Old Soviet airport in Romania (Cluj-Napoca) by John Hoogerwerf (center photo) SWA pilot and photographer Mike Reskovac sported the Hat in Sedona, AZ

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Hurricane Hunters in the eye of storm – literally

By Howard Altman, The Tampa Tribune Published: August 25, 2011. Photos by Chris Urso. As it enters the eye wall of Irene, the plane begins to shake and shudder violently, buffeted by the 100 mph winds from the season’s first hurricane. In the cockpit, the flight crew, led by Cmdr. Carl Newman, intently focuses on […]

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Words from our Grads!

Top notch facilities and great people there. I came there as a stranger and I really felt that I left there as part of a family and made some great friends along the way. ~ Ryan, Beisel, HPA Grad When I was told I would be flying into DFW, the first thing I thought of […]

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Trick or Treat

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Uhhh…You Like Hot Sauce?

While in flight training at Vance AFB, OK in June of 2007, another T-1 (BE-400) student pilot and I were tasked to fully prepare two planned IFR cross-country routes to include waypoints, winds, frequencies, nearby towns, and associated obstacle markings on the paper charts. Due to the intensity of USAF flight training, we took quite […]

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Jim Allen, POTUS

On a recent return visit to HPA, B737 grad Jim Allen commented on this famous picture. What we didn’t know was that Jim was in this crowd in January 2009 hosting then President George W. Bush in Iraq, the day the reporter threw his shoes at him. On base, Jim held up a sign that […]

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That Guy

    Ever been “That Guy”?  In 2009 Dave Patterson seemed destined for that not-so-coveted title. That year he led a team in a competition, the RODEO, where his responsibility was to supply Team Altus with what it took to win, but once the competition began, he was to be Mr. Hospitality and man the […]

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Ralph Kolstad Joins HPA Instructor Team

HPA would like to welcome aboard our newest Aircraft Dispatch instructor, Ralph Kolstad, of Plano, Texas. Ralph is also one of HPA’s newest dispatcher grads, having successfully completed his certificate course in October. As a pilot with an extensive aviation background, Ralph intended to observe portions of the 200 hour dispatcher course for the purpose […]

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When Graduates Return

  Derek Wideman returned to HPA to see old friends and found himself making some new ones. Derek came through HPA in 2009 and made a special gift at that time of framed, black and white photos he had taken, which have been complimented by many of our students coming through training. Derek soon found […]

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