Frequent Flyer Program

Passengers in Flight Culture and the Human Experience are automatically enrolled in the “Frequent Flyer Program” (FFP) — an optional awards system that provides edutainment opportunities beyond those available during regular class hours.

Under the terms of the program participants accumulate five (5) bonus “flight points” (to a maximum of 15) for each of three supplemental feature films they attend in the course of the semester. [Information regarding the subjects and scheduling of these films is provided below.]

Flight Points may be redeemed in one of two fashions.

OPTION ONE: Exam extra credit

Participants may redeem their Flight Points for “extra credit” on up to three (3) semester exams inclusive of the course final. Individuals who select this option will received +5% per course exam corresponding to the film(s) they attended. (Ex: Attendance at Film #1 may be redeemed for +5% on Exam #1, attendance at Film #2 made be redeemed for +5% on Exam #2, etc.)

OPTION TWO: Assignment waiver

In lieu of Option #1, participants who attend all three (3) supplemental films may redeem their accumulated points for an assignment waiver. The assignment waiver allows the participant to buy-out (i.e. not have to do) the required “Biographical Sketch” assignment at no penalty to his/her final semester grade

Frequent Flyer Points are subject to the following requirements and restrictions:

  1. Attendance at the scheduled film(s) is mandatory in order to accrue Flight Points. No accommodations or Flight Points will be granted to passengers who for any reason are unable to attend a given film.
  2. Frequent Flyer Program participants must remain in “good standing” with Management. Individuals who record an unexcused absence [see “Travel Advisories“] at any time during the semester are automatically disqualified from the Frequent Flyer Program. In the event that a program participant records an unexcused absence subsequent to earning Frequent Flyer Points, his/her eligibility in the Frequent Flyers Program shall be revoked and s/he will forfeit any accumulated bonus points and/or previously redeemed “bonus credit(s).”
  3. Individuals disqualified from the Frequent Flyer Program as a result of an unexcused absence will likewise forfeit any pending or earned assignment waiver. In such instances, participants will be required to complete a Biographical Sketch on a topic (and by a due date) determined by Management. Participants who subsequently fail to submit their Biographical Sketch will received a zero (“0”) for that portion of their semester grade in addition to any penalties arising from their unexcused absence(s).
  4. Frequent Flyer Points are non-transferable. They may not be given to other passengers nor may they be applied to any other course within the SPOKE™ network.
  5. The Frequent Flyer Program may be terminated without cause or notice.

The supplemental films for which Flight Points may be accrued are:

Film #1: Wings (1927)  –– Monday, 19 February @ 5:30 pm – University Hall 10

The first cinematic production picture to win an Academy Award™ for Best Picture (in 1929), Wings set the standard — and most of the cliches — for the legions of aviation films that have appeared from the 1920s until the present day. Set against the backdrop of America’s entry into the First World War, the movie combines then state-of-the art special effects, an engaging storyline, and Hollywood’s first sex symbol (the beautiful “It Girl” Clara Bow) in chronicling the story of two young pilots whose friendship is tested by jealousy –  and Germans!  [B/W. Silent, with subtitles and musical track. Running time: 144 min.]

Film #2: Ceiling Zero (1936)  — Monday, 5 March @ 5:30 pmUniversity Hall 10

 A lesser-known gem directed by the legendary Howard Hawks (considered by many to have been the the greatest film-maker of Hollywood’s “Golden Age”), Ceiling Zero portrays the clash of cultures between the “old” aviation barnstormers of the 1920s and the “new” professional pilots who came to dominate the skies in the 1930s at the dawn of American civil aviation. The incomparable James Cagney steals the show as “Dizzy” Davis — a brash, self-centered airmen and serial womanizer (giggity) whose career is rescued by his old friend, Jake Lee (played by Pat O’Brien) a branch manager for Federal Airlines. Chocked full of fast-paced action, rapid-fire dialogue, and chain-smoking characters, Ceiling Zero is a high-flying adventure! [B/W with sound. Running time: 95 min.]

Film #3: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) — Monday, 16 April @ 5:30 pm –  University Hall 10

 This joint American-Japanese production garnered an Academy Award™ (Best Special Effects, 1971) for its engaging depiction of the events leading up to the 7 December 1941 Japanese sneak attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. Starring an ensemble cast of second-tier actors delivering a first-rate historical drama, Tora! Tora! Tora!, in the words of one critic, was that “rare” feature film which managed to achieve “the trifecta of entertaining, informing, and educating” audiences. Despite costing the (then) astronomical sum of $25 million† to produce, Tora! Tora! Tora! proved a dud of sorts at U.S. box offices. But it was the bomb in Japan, where audiences’ enthusiastic response made it a huge success. Imagine that…[In color with sound and subtitles. Running time: 144 min.]

† or just over $150 million in today’s play money.