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NAFI, King Schools award 2016 CFI scholarshipNAFI, King Schools award 2016 CFI scholarship

Terry Carbonell learned to fly to fulfill her husband’s dying wish—for her to be able to fly him around in an airplane the last couple of years of his life. That wish became a gift that helped her launch a new career and cope with his death.

Carbonell is a flight instructor who helps teach youth about aviation at Florida’s Charlotte High School as part of a dual-enrollment program with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Because of her dedication to growing the aviation community, the National Association of Flight Instructors and King Schools awarded her the inaugural 2016 CFI scholarship on April 6.

“She’s the renaissance woman,” John King exclaimed. The scholarship is worth $18,000 and includes $5,000 that can be used toward higher CFI education, free lifetime access to King Schools online courses, and King Flight Instructor Refresher Courses for life.

Left to right: John King, Martha King, Robert Meder, and Terry Carbonell. Carbonell, a flight instructor who helps teach youth about aviation, was awarded the first NAFI/King Schools scholarship April 6.

NAFI Chairman Robert Meder said Carbonell’s work helps youths understand that “there’s a different way,” and they don’t have to stay stuck where they are currently.

Carbonell said she receives more from the youth than they receive from her: “To have these girls blossom and bloom” before her eyes “is amazing.”

Carbonell is an attorney, scuba instructor, and mosquito control pilot who has logged more than 2,800 hours in the past 11 years.

Applications for the 2017 NAFI/King Schools scholarship will open in August, with a deadline of Jan. 2, 2018.

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Miller

AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
Topics: Pilots, Scholarship, Flight Instructor

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