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July 22, 2010 – Aurora, Colorado – It’s never too early to start ground school for the next generation of pilots, even if they’re preschoolers! Denver-based publisher Powder Puff Pilot makes learning about aviation fun with their trilogy of full-color picture books starring Claire Bear, a pink‑clad aerobatic performer and mentor for aspiring young pilots. Their newest book, Claire Bear Explains… What Pilots Fly has been released just in time for visitors to EAA’s AirVenture to take home to their favorite youngster. The “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” held annually in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, begins Monday, July 26 and lasts through Sunday Aug 1.

The Claire Bear series is the brainchild of Sue Hughes, a pilot since 1996 and a current flight instructor and aviation technical writer, whose goal is to introduce the thrills and excitement of aviation to a new generation. Hughes will attend AirVenture all 7 days, signing copies of all of the books in her Claire Bear series at the Author’s Corner located in the EAA Warehouse.
In Claire Bear Explains… What Pilots Fly, a young girl asks Claire Bear what she flies. The accomplished aviatrix takes the opportunity to teach the youngster the wide range of aircraft and missions that pilots fly—from gliders and hot air balloons to jet fighters and spacecraft—ending with the query, “What will you fly?” Hughes shared her motivation for her new release, “I want kids, especially girls, to imagine themselves in one of these cockpits, and then follow through on that dream as an adult.” Hughes presents the many facets of aviation in 48 pages with lyrical rhymes and bright, colorful illustrations that kids from 3 to 7 will adore.
The first book in the series, Claire Bear Presents… The Pilot Alphabet, published in 2008, teaches Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, and the rest of the words that pilots and air traffic controllers use to communicate clearly over the radio. Now in its third printing, it was named by USA Book News as a National 2009 Best Book finalist in the Children’s Picture Book category. Last year, Hughes published her second picture book, Claire Bear’s First Solo, which accurately depicts a pilot’s first solo experience—an exhilarating flight that every aviator vividly remembers.
In addition to publishing, Powder Puff Pilot designs and sells pilot gear and accessories for women, such as a pink pilot logbook, pink aviation headsets, and pink seat cushions. They also carry over 20 other biographies, flight adventures, and fiction titles that are by and/or about amazing aviatrixes. 
Powder Puff Pilot was founded in November 2008 by Sue Hughes of Aurora , Colorado . Among her other published works are This Day in Women’s Aviation, a page-a-day calendar for 2011 that celebrates events and milestones achieved by women in aviation. Powder Puff Pilot products are sold online and at over 60 retailers, including aviation museums, pilot shops, and bookstores. For more information or to order Powder Puff Pilot products, visit www.PowderPuffPilot.com or call toll free at 888-801-6628. 
 
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