Two EAA Women Fly Mooney Through India and Thailand
Judy Rice with her Grumman Yankee
CarolAnn Garratt’s Mooney 201
November 23, 2011 – Next month, former EAA staffer Judy Rice, EAA 458303, who helped develop EAA AirVenture’s KidVenture area, will join fellow pilot CarolAnn Garratt as they fly Garratt’s Mooney 201 through India and Thailand. Garratt is currently in Kenya (as of this writing) on her second “Dash for a Cure” global flight around the world to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease; her first was in 2008. Rice is preparing for her own global flight in which she hopes to raise the profile of aerospace education around the world.
It’s always nice to have company on a global flight but Rice’s trip with Garratt will be two-fold. The first is to gain experience flying through India in advance of her own global flight. The second is for the pair to learn more about the people and cultures of the nations they will be traversing. Rice, through her ThinkGlobalFlight.com website, hopes to connect classrooms across the globe during her trip by encouraging teachers to share their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) aviation-related lesson plans on the site.
Garratt is the global flight veteran, having completed this journey once before. Both of her trips are dedicated to her mother, who died from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in 2002. Garratt’s current flight should wrap up in Oshkosh next summer during AirVenture 2012. Both women are commercial pilots and instructors; when not flying with Garratt, Rice flies her Grumman Yankee.