August 3, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Thirteen new scholarships will be awarded at the Women in Aviation International Conference next year in Reno, Nev., Feb. 24 through 26. They are valued at $92,250.
Dozens of scholarship opportunities for 2011 are now posted on the organization’s website. Among the scholarships are two for a Delta Air Lines Airbus A320 type rating. Other scholarships cover travel, flight instruction, and helicopters.
“Our scholarships reflect the diversity of our membership. We have scholarships for members of all ages and stages of their aviation lives—from professional crewmembers to people who are flying simply for fun,” said WAI President Peggy Chabrian. “We have academic scholarships, flight training scholarships, and scholarships that are focused on a particular career within aviation such as dispatchers and aeronautical engineers. Since the inception of our scholarship program, $6.5 million has been disbursed.”
In addition to these other new scholarships, Jim Campbell, president of the Aero-News Network, is sponsoring two $1,000 scholarships in memory of U.S. Aerobatic Team Pilot and IAC President Vicki Cruise. These scholarships will provide flight training for a private pilot to undertake basic aerobatic or unusual attitude flight training, or for further training for skills already undertaken in that flight training regimen.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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