Aviation Insider - November 2010
Aviation Insider - November 2010
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Spotlight: Harrison Ford Education Scholarship Fund
Recipient: Andrew Gunderson
School: Fond du Lac High School, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Amount: Up to $7,500, allocated directly toward flight
Gunderson took his first Young Eagles flight, he quickly
realized he was meant for the sky. With the help of the
Harrison Ford Education Scholarship Fund, he can pursue his
aviation dreams, beginning with securing his pilot
Andrew on the right and his
flight instructor at the
Fond du Lac Airport.
my Young Eagles flight, I wanted to continue my flight
training," explains Andrew. "I started flight
lessons with money I saved during the summer but didn't have
enough to finish. This award will help me continue taking
lessons and achieve my dreams of flying."
winning scholarship essay detailed how he became interested in
aviation by watching a local aviation group fly
radio-controlled airplanes. He wondered what it would be like
to control a real airplane. Soon, he was flying in a homebuilt
aircraft, enjoying the view from above.
first flight was incredible," remembers Andrew. "I
really liked seeing things from a different perspective. It
was cool to control the airplane, because it's much more
maneuverable than a car."
believes winning the award will give him confidence in the
future. After high school, he endeavors to build on his
aviation interest with a career in aeronautical engineering.
can win a scholarship like this for college, I know I can be
successful in my life."
I made several mistakes when I started flying lessons in
August of 2008. I would like to share one with you. I took my
first flight in a single-engine airplane with an older pilot
when I was 13 years old. When I started my flight lessons, I
called up the pilot who had taken me on my first flight and
asked him to be my instructor. Sometime afterwards I read that
you should talk to your flight school's instructors about what
you're interested in and see if they have the heart of a
teacher. It took four instructors before I found someone I was
comfortable with. Make sure you talk with multiple instructors
before you choose one.
Tyler flies in the right seat of
the EAA Ford Tri-Motor during
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.
instructor, Jeff Ostrander (EAA 866844), owns two planes: a
Beechcraft Bonanza 35 V-Tail and a Super Decathlon. I use the
Beech for a high-performance and complex endorsement, and with
the Decathlon I get aerobatics and tailwheel. It has turned
out well with Mr. Ostrander. - Tyler Whitney, EAA
issue, Tyler Whitney of Michigan will provide a Young
Eagle-turned-Young Eagle pilot perspective on aviation. Tyler
was the first Young Eagle to pass his private pilot knowledge
exam after completing the Sporty's Complete Pilot Training
5,300 Young Eagles Have Taken the Next Step Toward Becoming a
The number of Young Eagles participating in the Sporty's
Complete Pilot Training Course is growing. Are you one of
them? If not, what are you waiting for?
new free benefits await those Young Eagles who complete the
Sporty's course including a free first flight lesson, FAA
written test reimbursement, flight training scholarships, and
more. After completing a Young Eagles Flight, you'll have
access to the Sporty's Complete Pilot Training Course. This is
the Next Step in the Flight Plan and a great way to begin your
aviation education. (Recommended for ages 13 and older.) The
course is a $215 value and is offered free from Sporty's
Reimburses Young Eagles for FAA Knowledge Exams
As part of the new Young Eagles Flight Plan program, EAA
wants to know when you pass your FAA knowledge exam, because
we're willing to reimburse you when you pass it. To be
eligible for reimbursement, you must be a Young Eagle between
ages 16 and 19 who has completed the Sporty's
Complete Pilot Training program. Once you pass your FAA
exam, send EAA a copy of your results, and we'll send you a
check. It's that easy. We want you to learn to fly and we're
willing to help. It's just one more way that our new Young
Eagles Flight Plan will help you move from the right seat to
the left seat. Already meet the requirements? Contact Brian
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