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Joseph F. Vorbeck

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Flight Instructors Hall of Fame

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  • degree , Engineering
    Cornell University
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The library was founded in 1997 ..., 11 Mar 2007 [cached]
The library was founded in 1997 in memory of Joseph F. Vorbeck, the world-renowned aviation educator, co-founder of Sporty's Academy and member of the Flight Instructor's Hall of Fame.The library today is used extensively by Sporty's Academy and is also open to the public during Sporty's normal business hours.
Joseph Vorbeck was raised in Rochester, New York and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Engineering.After tours in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army (where he attained the rank of Captain) in 1958, Vorbeck became a commercial pilot and a flight instructor the next year.At that time Joe went to Champaign, Illinois as an aviation professor at the University of Illinois.Later he was appointed Chairman of General Aviation Technology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
During the middle 60's, Vorbeck and two partners created the first of what is know today as a "weekend seminar."Their 3-day schools were given for many years at locations throughout the U.S. for private, instrument, and commercial pilots.In 1987 Vorbeck moved to Batavia, OH, where he co-founded Sporty's Academy.Known as "Mr.Instrument Flying," several people have said Joe knew more about instrument flying than anyone else in the world.
The Vorbeck Aviation Library features books, videos, manuals, DVDs, advisory circulars, regulations and magazines all categorized for your convenience.The library is clean and free from distraction.A large study table, computer, TV, VCR and DVD player are all provided for use in the library.If you're having trouble finding the correct reference, chances are you'll find it at the Vorbeck Library.
The aviation education legacy of Joe Vorbeck lives on today with Sporty's Academy and the Vorbeck Aviation Library.Joe himself donated a great deal of the books and material available today.The Vorbeck Library is located on the second floor of Sporty's Headquarters across from Sporty's Café at the Clermont County/Sporty's Airport.
The Vorbeck Scholarship is given annually ..., 8 July 2003 [cached]
The Vorbeck Scholarship is given annually to two outstanding sophomores enrolled in the Aviation Technology: Professional Pilot Training Program at the University of Cincinnati in memory of Joseph (Joe) F. Vorbeck. Vorbeck was a dedicated aviation educator at the University of Illinois and Purdue University before co-founding Sporty's Academy in 1987. Joe was integral in the development of the Professional Pilot Training Program at UC and was elected to the Flight Instructor hall of fame in 1998.
SPORTY'S PILOT SHOP and SPORTY'S ACADEMY Biography, 2 June 2008 [cached]
Shevers partnered with Joe Vorbeck, a professor of aviation at Purdue University, to write a more complete ground school course. (Vorbeck later became a long-time Sporty's employee.) Together they created Traveling Aviation Seminars to travel the country teaching the new and improved course.
Steen Aero Lab - Article: "EAA Honors Sport Aviation's Greats", 8 Nov 2003 [cached]
NAFI inductees included Joe Vorbeck, Bill Kershner, and Marvin Easter.
Joe Vorbeck, known as Mr. Instrument Flying to his friends, was highly respected among his students and peers for his dedication and voracious appetite for aviation knowledge.
A native of Rochester, NY, Joe joined the Marines at 17 and returned home after four years to obtain an engineering degree at Cornell University.He then joined the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and served for five years as a paratrooper and expert at troop insertion and supply.Too tall at 6' 7 to fly in the military service, he learned to fly on his own and obtained a flight instructor rating.
After teaching aviation at the University of Illinois, Joe accepted a position as Chairman of General Aviation Technology at Purdue University in 1964.While at Purdue, he implemented the weekend seminars program.These important courses provided private, instrument and commercial pilots with three days of the latest aviation instruction and training.
Joe co-founded the National Association of Flight Instructors and was NAFI's first president.In 1987 he moved to Ohio where he co-founded Sporty's Academy, produced educational aviation videos and helped establish the University of Cincinnati's flight training program.Now deceased, his name lives on at that university in the form of the Joe Vorbeck Aviation Scholarship Fund.
The Southern Aviator, 9 July 2004 [cached]
The Vorbeck Library was founded in 1997 in memory of Joseph F. Vorbeck, an educator, co-founder of Sporty's Academy and member of the Flight Instructors Hall of Fame.
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