January 23, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
California’s San Carlos Flight Center hopes to transform a high school student into a private pilot this summer through a full flight training scholarship. The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program is open to students who will be age 17 as of August.
The recipient of the scholarship will receive free ground school, books, charts, and basic flight planning tools, as well as flight instruction, a medical exam, the knowledge test, and the checkride. The club’s instructors and member pilots also will provide mentorship and guidance to the student.
Applications are due Feb. 28, and can be downloaded from the website. A candidate will be chosen March 15 and should expect to begin ground school on April 2. Flight lessons will begin mid-June when school ends. The student should expect to fly three to five times per week, with the goal of taking the private pilot checkride before returning to school in the fall. During the training, the student also will participate in San Carlos Flight Center fly-outs and monthly cookouts, and share progress reports in the club’s newsletter.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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