AOPA 2016 Fly-In
For over two decades, Aubrey Gladstone has served as president of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., in Boca Raton, Florida. Also an accomplished pilot, Aubrey Gladstone has years of flying experience and maintains a long-standing membership in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
In celebration of National Aviation Day, AOPA recently held a Fly-In event on August 19-20, 2016, at the Bremerton National Airport in Bremerton, Washington. Throughout the year, AOPA holds several Fly-Ins, which feature aircraft exhibits, presentations from aviation experts, and a variety of fun activities.
At the AOPA Fly-In at Bremerton, pilots and flying enthusiasts had the opportunity to take part in several learning activities and meet with innovative aircraft builders and dozens of equipment manufacturers demonstrating the latest aircraft tools, products, and technologies. The event also included a pancake breakfast, an ice cream social, and a fun evening featuring great food, drinks, and live music from the U2 tribute band U253.
Like all other AOPA Fly-Ins, the Fly-In at Bremerton was supported by a grant from the AOPA Foundation.
Journal to Normal
Aubrey Gladstone serves as CEO of Gladstone Consulting in Boca Raton, Florida, where he oversees the company’s strategic decisions and handles its overall planning. Beyond his responsibilities at the firm, Aubrey Gladstone supports several charities, including the film production of Journey to Normal.
Journey to Normal: Women Come Home is a feature-length documentary that focuses on the experiences of women in the military and their readjustments to normal life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. It explores the rising involvement of women in the military, which has reached a new precedent in recent years with more women serving than ever before. Women in today’s military make up 15 percent of the total force and their roles now consist of many positions previously exclusive to male soldiers. More than 280,000 women served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Goals of the film include the advancing of a deeper understanding for these individuals and to apply that understanding to professional services offered to veterans. In addition, it fosters public involvement in helping to meet the needs of veterans returning from service and cultivates a network that connects veterans to one another. Women veterans can also record their experiences in Journey to Normal’s video archive in order to share their stories for historic preservation and research.
To learn more about the Journey for Home documentary, visit journeytonormal.org.
Tony Award-winning actor Christian Borle will star as Willy Wonka in the upcoming Broadway production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Aubrey Gladstone and his family have for three decades had the privilege of watching Christian grow from an aspiring teenager to one of Broadway’s finest actors, beloved by thousands.
The Broadway production of Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book will feature a retooled version of the musical adaptation circulating in London since 2013. Although both drew significant inspiration from the original book, the Broadway version is expected to more closely resemble the 1971 musical film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Producers also hired acclaimed puppeteer and MacArthur Foundation grant recipient Basil Twist to handle puppet designs and stated that the play will feature music by Marc Shaiman with lyrics written by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The production will open on Broadway in March 2017.
The New York Times announced Borle’s role as Willy Wonka in May. Christian previously received Tony Awards for his performance in Peter and the Starcatcher in 2012 and Something Rotten in 2015. His also will be performing in the Broadway revival of Falsettos.
For updates on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway production, visit charlieonbroadway.com.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
As the CEO of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., Aubrey Gladstone leads a team in providing comprehensive, hands-on services in the areas of corporate liquidation, litigation support, and problem resolution. Also an experienced aircraft pilot, Aubrey Gladstone has toured the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and England, piloting small private planes.
For those interested in getting a pilot’s license, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) offers three different certifications in its Learn to Fly program. Below is a brief description of the training certificates offered.
1. Recreational pilot certificate – Ideal for those interested in daytime, local flying at a home airport. Pilots must stay within 50 nautical miles of their home base.
2. Sport pilot certificates – This certificate requires the fewest hours of training, and it allows a pilot to fly one- or two-seat planes during daylight hours in good weather.
3. Private pilot certificate – Similar to a driver’s license, this certificate allows the pilot to fly anywhere in the United States. This is the right option for someone interested in exploring a career in flying.
Individuals can start with either the sport or recreational license and then continue with their training if they decide to pursue the more intensive private pilot certificate.
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
The president and CEO of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., Aubrey Gladstone served as a commercial pilot with National Jet Corp. Aubrey Gladstone has experience flying jets, helicopters, and propeller aircraft. He and Marianne Gladstone have long been members of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.
The Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) is the largest aviation community in world. Spanning 75 countries, the organization offers both annual and lifetime memberships. There are four different types of annual membership that are briefly described below:
Regular: Costing $59 a year, regular membership provides individuals with either a “Flight Training” or “AOPA Pilot” magazine subscription and access to AOPA media resources, newsletters, and a helpline. Premier: Premier memberships cost $99 a year and include all the benefits of the regular membership. Members also receive a 20 percent discount on AOPA Pilot Gear, advanced screening of Air Safety Institute online courses. Premier Plus: The premier plus membership is $179 per year and comes with the added benefit of AOPA Pilot Protection services and coverage to protect their pilot certificate. Pro Pilot: The highest annual membership available, pro pilot memberships cost $259 a year and is designed for professional pilots. Members get access to accidental death and dismemberment insurance and term life insurance.
Journey to Normal
Business leader Aubrey Gladstone is the chief executive officer of Gladstone Consulting, Inc. headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, where he and Marianne Gladstone have managed more than $100 million of business transactions. GCI has long benefited from management skills of former military officers, which prompted Aubrey Gladstone to become a sponsor of Journey to Normal, a documentary film project detailing the transition of female combat veterans to civilian life.
Currently in post-production, Journey to Normal explores the increasingly central role of women in the United States military, who now represent more than 15 percent of all fighting forces. Not only has the availability of roles expanded significantly, but the nature of combat itself has changed as well.
Directed by Julie Hera DeStefano, Journey to Normal addresses the unique psychological and social challenges facing women veterans in the United States. The documentary allows women themselves to tell their stories, creating a narrative that seeks to blend societal conceptions of civilian and military culture.
To learn more about Journey to Normal, visit journeytonormal.org.