The Several Mixed Netball Benefits For The Participants

October 6, 2010

Netball Melbourne represents an incredibly well-liked game which has grown in popularity all through the world as the fast paced sport attracting the interests of men, women, children and even companies.   With netball Melbourne you would discover a high energy game where each individual participates equally for the interest of achieving the mutual aim of victory.  As netball Melbourne continues to grow there is a fast demand associated with the institution of mixed netball where men and women have the opportunity to play together for the chance to take part in the sport with friends, family and even co workers.So what is it that attracts all of these people to the exciting sport which is netball Melbourne?For men, often the most significant feature of any sporting activity is found with the idea of high energy competition.   Men are competitive by nature and through netball Melbourne you unlock the chance to participate in one of the most highly competitive sports around.The high intensity and quick pace of the sport stops any individual stars to dominate the sport, so creating the chance for all players to participate equally, ensuring the satisfaction of that high competition requirement is from team work.   In addition to the satisfaction of their competitive nature, the male players would also take pleasure in that netball Melbourne is a full contact sport, although played within a safe environment.   This chance to express yourself through contact competition could be quite exhilarating for the male participant.Whilst men enjoy the competitive nature of netball, women are attracted to the game for several different reasons.   Netball is not merely a fast paced game, but the three second rule of possession with the ball forces individuals to work in a team environment where each player could make an impression when correctly positioned.   The sport is normally referred to as competitive chess as players are needed to participate in a quick thinking environment where every player position is significant to scoring while they’re all spatially restricted on the court.Several women enjoy the high demand for intellectual thinking which is linked to the sport of netball Melbourne, playing a game that isn’t exclusively based on physical condition but on intelligence.   Additionally, the game of netball Melbourne introduces an incredible aerobic workout for any women trying to stay in shape without the stationary need for aerobic equipment.Even companies have recognized the great opportunities introduced with the support of netball Melbourne as lessons such as team work and social networking become key.   Many companies have generated programs that encourage all associates to participate in the sport of netball Melbourne as a key training tool for their associates.

Humana Names Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center as $100,000 Winner of 2009 Arizona Benefits Grant

June 8, 2010

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), a non-profit working toadvance research and provide support for individuals with autism and theirfamilies, has been awarded a $100,000 grant as the winner of the 2009 ArizonaBenefits grant, funded by health benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). Mark El-Tawil, president of Humana of Arizona, named SARRC as the winner of thegrant during the Arizona Benefits Celebration of Giving dinner Thursday, Oct.22, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Two other finalists for the award – ThePhoenix Public Library Foundation and Sun Cities Area Transit System Inc. – eachreceived a $10,000 grant from Humana. With the $100,000 award, SARRC will create GardenWorks, a community-basedprogram designed to engage individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) indeveloping and sustaining a revenue-producing co-op garden. “A diagnosis of autism is made in the United States every 20 minutes, and thenumber of children expected to need extensive adult services over the next 15years exceeds 380,000, which is roughly equal to the populations of Tempe, Yuma,Flagstaff and Payson combined,” said Jeri Kendle, Executive Director of SARRC.”Clearly there is a great need for the kind of training and mentoringGardenWorks will provide for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.” Kendle said the grant from Humana will provide needed resources for the SARRC toimplement the GardenWorks program, allowing the non-profit to involve thecommunity in a program to benefit individuals with ASDs. By developing a co-opgarden, SARRC will teach those with ASDs gardening and landscaping skills theycan use to work toward financial independence, while community members will beencouraged to mentor individuals with ASDs to help them grow, harvest and selltheir products. “Going into the third year of this program, Humana is committed to continuing togive back to the communities we serve through programs like Arizona Benefits,”said El-Tawil. “To help an organization like the SARRC find a solution to acommunity need and grow in a way they might not have thought possible is theheart of what this program is all about. We`re honored to be able to work withthe SARRC to help those with autism spectrum disorders learn valuable lifeskills while raising healthy crops.” The community judges choosing the recipient of the $100,000 grant included JacobBrown, Willis Insurance; Paul Dolby, Circle K; Marcie Cragg, The Gavin Group;Rhonda Forsyth, John C. Lincoln Health Network; Tom Leander, Phoenix Suns; PeggyNeely, District 2 Councilwoman for the City of Phoenix; David Strachan, DesertSchools Federal Credit Union; and Cheryl Vogt, Marsh. Humana representatives onthe panel of judges included El-Tawil, president of Humana of Arizona; SteveMacias, practice leader; Jennifer Willis, practice leader; and Jeff Chicots,regional vice president. Humana`s Arizona Benefits program awards a one-time, $100,000 grant to aMaricopa County-based 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the mind, bodyand spirit of residents. Fresh Start Women`s Foundation, a non-profitorganization dedicated to helping women help themselves, won the 2008 $100,000award, enabling the organization to open a satellite center for women in theEast Valley. Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled, a non-profit thatsupports athletic programs for disabled athletes, used the 2007 $100,000 awardto purchase a truck and trailer that allowed it to increase the quality andquantity of events for participating athletes.

Benefits of Living in Arizona

April 14, 2010

Arizona is a unique place. It’s greatest attraction is it’s weather. That’s right, weather. It’s hard to believe that people are attracted to a desert because of weather but it is true. The dry air and warm winters attract visitors from the north. Some people with asthmatic tendencies respond better to the dry air. Older couples prefer Arizona’s weather for relief it gives them on their joints. And for the rest of the residents it is the fact that they can wear shorts in the middle of the winter.

It does get chili in Arizona, but freezes are rare and brief. The winter afternoons will require a sweater at most. The full sunshine helps a vast amount of plants to and flowers to grow even in the winter. The valley is full of life even in the darkest times of year.

Golfing is a big attraction. Enjoy the luxury south west in Scottsdale while playing 9 holes or so. Their is a variety of landscapes. Fountain hills has mountain vistas as far as the eye can see. North Mesa has views of City lights. And Scottsdale has a bit of everything. Paradise Valley is located right next to Phoenix but has the advantage of mountain side homes. Gilbert is located in the south east and was the fastest growing city in the nation for several years. Once a small rural farming town, it is now a well populated area with all the fancy restaurants and even an outdoor mall. How many outdoor malls do you know that strive during the winter months?

Well what about the heat. The summers are hot, there is no other way to say it. For those sun worshipers that won’t be a problem. For everybody else you will have to find ways to to avoid the heat. There are plenty of ways to avoid the heat, here are just a few.

There are many cooler places in Arizona. Fountain Hills resident’s can get to Payson in about 45 minutes. Payson is loaded with pine trees and is a high enough altitude that it snows in the winter. Some residents even have second homes there at very reasonable prices. If you are closer to phoenix just head north. You will run into flagstaff in about an hour and a half. Flagstaff also is packed with pines and even has a ski lift on on of it’s higher mountains during the winter.

If you don’t want to travel to far than you can stay cool in the lakes by boating. Or do what many of Arizona residents do and get a pool. Pools often or equipped with mechanisms to keep the pool at your ideal temperature. Surrounded by desert palms you can make your own oasis right in your back yard.

Everything is air conditioned from cars to grocery stores to stadiums. There are plenty of ways to stay cool in Arizona in the summer months. And I can bet that the 9 beautiful months a year will keep you happy.

How to Capitalize on Benefits from Part 141 and Part 61 Helicopter Flight Training

March 11, 2010

There has long been a debate on the advantages of Part 141 versus Part 61 training. Student pilots are confused by the differences and are therefore unable to determine how to make the most of the benefits offered by each.

The following remains the same, regardless of whether your train under Part 141 or Part 61: 1)Written tests. 2)Oral exam in check ride. 3)Flight portion of the check ride. 4)License issued.

Measurement of success is the same at both types of schools: 1)Instructors make or break the school. Knowledgeable, experienced instructors are key. 2)Some flight schools have a high dropout ratio. Successful schools should have at least 90% of the students they train attain the certificates and ratings they signed up for. 3)Aircraft maintenance is important. Students should very seldom have flight lessons cancelled due to aircraft being grounded. 4)The school accident record should be zero or close to zero, indicating that the school places a high value on your safety.

On the surface, it looks like all helicopter flight schools are very similar. This is why it is so useful to understand the differences between Part 141 and Part 61. The two biggest differences are: 1)Part 141 training requires following an FAA approved Training Course Outline (TCO). Part 61 does not require a TCO be used at all. 2)The flight school itself and the Chief Flight Instructor have to meet stringent FAA requirements. Part 61 is not subject to these FAA requirements.

Let’s start with Part 61 helicopter training and flight schools. The majority of helicopter flight schools in the USA today are Part 61 flight schools. Many Part 61 helicopter flight schools start off with one certified flight instructor and one helicopter. The flight instructor offers one-on-one training to prospective students and teaches the student as he or she sees fit. If the instructor is good, more students join the school and the owner purchases additional helicopters and hires more instructors to meet the demand.

There are no FAA inspections required for a Part 61 helicopter flight school. The flight school is free to train their students using their own chosen methods. They are expected to follow the rules and regulations in the FAR/AIM for Part 61 flight schools and training, but are not subject to FAA inspections to confirm that they are doing this.

Part 141 training and flight schools have to meet very specific requirements and standards. The helicopter flight school itself is issued an Air Agency Certificate when it passes the FAA inspections. Facilities and aircraft that will be used for Part 141 training are inspected. The Chief Flight Instructor is required to take an annual check ride with the FAA.

On the training side, the flight school submits a separate and distinct Training Course Outline (TCO) to the FAA for each certificate and/or rating that they want to teach under Part 141. For example, a Private Pilot TCO would be submitted. This contains lesson plans for both Flight and Ground training. The flight school would have to submit another TCO for Instruments if they wanted to teach Instrument ratings under Part 141.

Don’t assume that a Part 141 helicopter flight school offers all their certificates and ratings under Part 141. Many only obtain FAA certification for Private, Instrument and Commercial certificates. It takes a lot of work for the flight school to create TCO’s and to teach under Part 141. The FAA requires that the flight school keep extensive student documentation for Part 141, including very detailed information on student progress. This is great for the student. It is time consuming for the flight school.

There are a few very large flight schools that only offer Part 141 training. They have set schedules for their classes and teach many students at the same time. They also have regimented flight schedules. These few very large flight schools often have a very high ratio of foreign versus domestic students. This is because SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) requires that flight schools be FAA certified as a Part 141 flight school in order to apply for permission to train international students. The Veterans Association (VA) has the same Part 141 requirement for veterans to use their VA benefits.

Most Part 141 schools also offer Part 61 training for the same programs. For example, you may choose to do your Private Pilot under Part 141 or Part 61. Schools that offer both training methods provide the most flexibility to the student.

The student attending a Part 141 helicopter flight school gets all the benefits of attending a Part 141 school even if they choose to do some or all of their training under Part 61. This is due to the school being subject to random FAA inspections. They have to maintain their high standards at all times to retain their certification.

The disadvantage of Part 141 training is that the TCO has to be followed in the sequence written. Every student learns differently and some people prefer the flexibility of Part 61 training, which enables the student to cover materials in the sequence appropriate for him or herself.

This brings to light another advantage to a flight school that offers both Part 141 and Part 61 training. They will often use the TCO for your Part 61 training. This is great for the student pilot as you get the benefit of a structured Training Course Outline that is FAA certified, while at the same time being able to cover materials in the order that suits you best.

Another advantage to training at a school that offers both is that you can mix and match your training. For example, I did my Private Pilot under Part 61 as I wanted the flexibility to jump around in the curriculum. Flying instruments is very structured and is about learning procedures, so I choose to do my instrument training under Part 141. I found the structured approach and learning sequence worked really well for my Instrument training. I went back to Part 61 for my Commercial training.

Learning to fly a helicopter is fun, exciting and expensive. Learn all you can about your helicopter flight school and the programs they offer before making your final decision. Fly safe!

A Cessna 172 Flight Simulator Provides Many Benefits

February 23, 2010

Cessna aircraft and flight simulators are the most popular and easy to learn aircrafts ever.  It is probably the type of aircraft most people learn to fly first.  One of the easiest and fastest ways to learn to fly a Cessna airplane is to use a Cessna 172 flight simulator.  If you can access a realistic flight simulator, then you can learn to fly in the most affordable manner.

Most flight simulators make use of videos and instructions that teach you how to fly Cessna and other aircraft.  The videos help you see what to do, and the actual flight simulator software lets you do exactly what a pilot would do to fly the airplane.  They can really cut your training time to a minimum.  You can even specify the software of your desired aircraft such as a Cessna 172 flight simulator.  This way you can learn how to fly a Cessna airplane without having to actually take the risk of getting off the ground, at least until you feel ready.

In fact, flight simulator games are quite often chosen for actual training.  The software used in many of these flight simulator games is based on actual real life flying.  They feature real airports, real cockpits, real weather conditions, and more.  Flight sim enthusiasts love them because they can try almost any in air maneuver on almost any aircraft whether it is a Cessna 172, Citation X, or a Boeing 747 until they are able to master it.

Another real benefit of these pc flight simulator games is that there is a wide variety of aircraft.  For instance, one program features more than 100 aircraft, including helicopter simulators, zeppelins, and even the space shuttle.  In addition to the Cessna 172 flight simulator, you can experience the thrill of flying the Boeing 747 flight simulator, the fighter jet flight simulator, the Westland Lynx simulator, or an F 16 flight simulator.  It also keeps you from ever getting bored with just one type of aircraft.

The technology available today provides a much more realistic experience than was ever available before.  Modern graphics made pc flight simulator games extremely life like.  You can find software that will include most airports.  One package I know of includes 20,000 airports from all over the world with their real runways.  The scenery is better than Google Maps and is developed from real military maps.  You can also enjoy the realistic scenery and travel all over the world from your own computer.  Some programs give you everything in one package, and others nickel and dime you by making you pay to download each new place. 

No one has to settle for just the Cessna 172 flight simulator.  As long as you are looking for the most realistic and affordable pc flight simulator, you might as well choose one that gives you the options of hundreds of aircrafts, real airports and runways, realistic cockpit controls, real life scenery, real weather conditions, the ability to customize your aircraft.  Also find one that enables you to add hardware such as yokes, joysticks, foot rudders, and other controls.  Make the best of your money by cutting your training time and learning how to fly real aircraft with a quality pc flight simulator game.