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.
Washington state’s RFTS Flying Club works to offer members lower-cost flying.
Here is a sample of what some clubs are doing this holiday season.
A general aviation advocate hopes that a new tour will help give the industry a shot in the arm and attract more to become pilots.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.