CANTON, Miss. (WJTV) – The journey around Central Mississippi continues this week with the Morning ‘Sip in Madison County. 12 News’ Jacob Lanier and Jade Bulecza visited Blue Ribbon Riding Academy, where summer horse riding camps are underway.

Horse instructor Fontaine Bowie, who runs the weekly horse camps, sat down to share what the students get to learn. She said the summer camps are jam packed, and they ride horses all day! But it’s more than just riding, the equestrian students also learn to groom, care for, and saddle up their horses.

With horse summer camps filled up, horse riding lessons are also an option for locals looking to discover horseback riding. Haley Curry, Blue Ribbon owner and rider, said the horse academy is a lifestyle for many.

Curry has been riding since she was three, and when she’s not at school, she is at the academy. Some Canton neighbors may not even know that Blue Ribbon is in their backyard!

If you want the 12 News morning team to visit your community, let us know! Email Jacob, Jade, and Chloe at [email protected], and we might come visit you next! Stay tuned every Friday at 6:00 a.m. as we travel around Central Mississippi exploring the best parts of our state!

“The speed surprised me for one or two seconds, and my heart raced,” Mr. Gaad said. “The buildup of speed, the buildup of altitude, the speed that you need to control during landing and other phases, it’s entirely different from what you’re used to, but then after oneor two flights you get used to it.”

Another new reality for pilots flying during the pandemic: preparing to operate planes that have been parked for extended periods of time. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, responsible for civil aviation safety in the European Union, has issued guidelines for identifying hazards like worn out aircraft parking brakes or wildlife nesting in the aircraft engine.

“Airlines must factor in that pilots may need longer than normal to perform the necessary preflight checks on an aircraft returning to service,” said Patrick Ky, the executive director of the agency. “A holistic approach is key.”

Despite the challenges, many pilots feel relieved to be back at work.

“At the beginning there was a lot of worry about the risks of Covid, but now that vaccinations are underway everyone who has been recalled is so happy,” said Sourav Basu Roy Choudhury, a pilot for an American airline, which he did not want to identify because he was not permitted to speak to the news media.

“We love the air, the view, the aircrafts and it’s so much more about those feelings than the money, although in this pandemic you realize that the money is also important.” Mr. Choudhury said. “Everyone is making a big effort with training because they just want to get back.”

Some pilots spent the past year working in warehouses or as delivery drivers just so they could provide for their families; others have not worked at all.

“I felt completely useless and didn’t understand how I could work and train so hard to become a captain, only to find myself at the bottom of the ladder again,” said a former British Airways pilot who asked not to be identified by name because he did not want to jeopardize his chances of being rehired.

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