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.
Installing a fuel farm at Berrien County Airport in Nashville, Georgia, could increase the airport’s economic impact on the local community from its last reported $682,200 to nearly $1 million, according to AOPA.
Revisions to the U.S. Forest Service’s plan for Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in Idaho should allow safety-related improvements to existing airstrips and open the door to creation of new airstrips, AOPA said in comments on the revisions Nov. 12.
Kansas and Iowa officials are reaching out to pilots to measure interest in gaining seaplane access to lakes under Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction.
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