MAKE CHAPTER 288 YOUR AVIATION HOME! E-AB, TYPE CERTIFIED, VINTAGE, WARBIRD, ETC.
MAKE CHAPTER 288 YOUR AVIATION HOME! E-AB, TYPE CERTIFIED, VINTAGE, WARBIRD, ETC.
The Chapter hosted nearly 50 students from Mainland High School's JROTC on Oct. 27 2023.
Volunteers worked with the students explaining details about the various aircraft and the students got hands on experience with the Chapter's simulators. Thanks to all who volunteered for this very special event and to Paul Tanzar who also took the photos.
The Experimental Aircraft Association has made known that applications for 2024 EAA Aviation Scholarships will be accepted from 01 November 2023 through 01 March 2024. Flight training and post-secondary scholarships are available to all persons over the age of 16.
Flight training scholarships help cover costs at any U.S. or Canadian flight school that isn’t a university program. Post-secondary scholarships help pay for collegiate level programs in the United States, including but not limited to: aerospace or aeronautical engineering, aviation business administration, air traffic control, aviation maintenance, professional flight, or any aviation-related STEM field.
EAA Scholarship and Fund Steward Coordinator Becca Greskoviak stated: “The costs of training and education can be one of the biggest challenges students face when trying to achieve their goals. EAA is able to help break down that barrier through our scholarship program.”
Among the newest scholarships offered by the Association is the Aviation Tax Consultants Fred McCarter Scholarship Fund. Subject scholarship was created by Daniel Chueng, the late Mr. McCarter’s business partner, for purpose of honoring the latter’s legacy following his September 2022 passing.
An accountant by profession, Mr. McCarter founded Aviation Tax Consultants (ATC) to serve the unique consultational needs of persons acquiring general aviation aircraft.
The post-secondary scholarship created by Mr. Chueng will be awarded for the first time in May 2024 to an individual pursuing a career in aviation—preferentially a non-pilot career.
In addition to offering new scholarships, 2024 will see the EAA carry on the longstanding and life-changing Ray Aviation Scholarship program. To date, Ray Aviation scholarships have helped some four-hundred individuals actualize their dreams of flight.
The program is funded by the Ray Foundation—a Florida-based organization supportive of aviation and aerospace-based education programs and organizations—managed by the EAA, and administered through the EAA Chapter network. Scholarships are awarded to young people aspiring to earn Private Pilot Certification. Ray Aviation Scholarships amount to $11,000 and may be applied to offsetting the cost of recipients’ flight-instruction.
Since the program’s 2019 introduction upwards of 730 scholarships have been provided. The current pilot-certification completion rate for Ray Scholars is 81-percent, with approximately 240 additional awardees currently in flight-training.
Founded in 1953 by a group of aviation enthusiasts headed by veteran aviator Paul Poberezny, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is an Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based non-profit aviation and aerospace organization dedicated to growing participation in flight, aircraft construction, and other aeronautical endeavors via the sharing of the spirit of aviation. Globally, the EAA’s two-hundred-thousand-strong member base is organized into nearly one-thousand chapters.
Parties interested in learning more about the EAA or applying for aviation scholarships are invited to visit www.EAA.org/Scholarships
Ray Aviation Scholarship Program - New Milestone Reached
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has reached a new milestone with more than 300 young people having earned their pilot certificates with the help of the organization’s Ray Aviation Scholarship program. Administered through the EAA Chapter network, the program provides scholarship recipients with up to $11,000 toward flight training expenses. Ray Scholarships are available to student pilots ages 15 to 19 who have received a nomination from an EAA chapter.
“The cost of flight training can be a barrier for many aspiring pilots, so EAA working with the Ray Foundation helps break down the barrier and make the goal of becoming a pilot even more attainable for future generations,” said Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of communities and member programming. “We’ve found that more than 80 percent of Ray Aviation Scholars are completing their pilot training, which is the complete opposite ratio of those who would start flight training on their own, so this program’s outcomes are having a direct, significant effect on the pilot population.”
Launched in 2018, the Ray Aviation Scholarship program is funded by the Ray Foundation and managed by EAA. In addition to scholarship funds, recipients receive a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation after completing their first solo flight. For 2023, EAA is slated to receive $1.8 million from the Ray Foundation for the program.
Zane is 16 years old starting his junior year at Spruce Creek High School and is dual enrolled with Daytona State College. He led his High School Tennis Team to the State Championships and has competed both in local and National Tennis Tournaments most of his life.
Zane has two passions: Tennis and Aviation. Zane ranked Top 10 in the state and Top 100 in the nation in junior tennis. He works as a part-time Tennis Instructor while assisting players to improve their game.
Since Zane was a toddler, he has been looking up at airplanes! His love for flying began very young and he started to take it seriously at the age of 14 when he began having fun with Flight Simulators in his free time.
Zane is a Young Eagle and volunteers in the Young Eagles Program. He is an EAA member and attends EAA meetings. He enjoys listening and learning from those experienced in aviation. His goals are to earn his private pilot license, commercial license and ultimately achieve an airline pilot career.
You can find Zane out and about in the community as he is always looking to meet new people and learn new things. He has been known to clean a jet or hangar or two! :)
Eileen Weingram our 2023 Ray Scholarship Coordinator is with Zane
2022 RAY SCHOLARSHIP - AWARDED
CONGRATULATIONS TO JUSTIN McGONIGLE OUR 2022 RAY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNER!!
Justin is 17. He completed high school at age 15 and was dual enrolled with Daytona State College. Thus, he graduated high school with an associate degree a year early. He fell in love with flying at age 8 when a cousin took him for a sunset flight. He remembers the views and the fun of having controlled the airplane. He's a part-time as a lifeguard in Daytona Beach and will attend FAU in the fall.
Justin McGonigle passed his private pilot check ride Monday April 3. He finished his training with Jim Guldi in the Citabria in a fantastic 43.5 hours. Eileen Weingram assisted in his training with loads of ground school.
Justin is now at FAU studying Ocean Engineering and is planning on continuing training for the Instrument rating and Commercial license. His first passengers were his parents.
2021 RAY SCHOLARSHIP - AWARDED
CONGRATULATIONS TO GRANT BOWMAN OUR 2021 RAY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNER!!
Grant was a 17-year-old Spruce Creek High School senior and an EAA Chapter 288 member who attended the EAA Air Academy Basic Camp at Oshkosh in 2019. He will be flying here with CFI Jim Guldi.
Chapter 288, for the third year, has qualified to administer a scholarship and we did it again in 2022. The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a scholarship program that is supported by the Ray Foundation, managed by EAA, and administered through the EAA Chapter network. Through the generous support of the Ray Foundation, EAA has provided $5000 and Chapter 288 will provide $5,000 to our 2021 winner for flight training expenses.
More information on the Ray Aviation Scholarship program can be found by pressing the button in the box below.
AUGUST 12, 2021: Grant, is shown here with his instructor Edwin Forrester and our own EAA288 Ray Aviation Scholarship coordinator, Lynn O'Donnell immediately after the traditional shirt tail removal by Edwin!!
Even as it celebrates 30 years of success with its Young Eagles initiative for providing youth an introduction to general aviation, EAA reports a growth in discrepancies within the volunteer program and its guidelines, including some “inappropriate Young Eagles practices,” the association announced in a statement on Sept. 20, 2022. Thus, it has launched an effort to address the issue. According to EAA, “These practices have ranged from incorrect waiver usage or outright failure to use it at all to co-mingling the Young Eagles flights with third party organizations and improper reporting. These practices put the program, and the insurance coverage provided to the program, at risk.”
To further ensure Young Eagles volunteers are educated on current program guidelines and requirements, EAA will initiate Young Eagles risk management training that started in December 2022. Training will include a 30-minute prerecorded webinar followed with a short quiz. “Similar to youth protection training, this course will need to be completed every three years for renewal,” said the association.
EAA further advised, “Young Eagles coordinators will be required to complete this training. Other Young Eagles volunteers and chapter officers will be encouraged to take this training.”
EAA wrote, “EAA Young Eagles has earned an outstanding reputation because of your dedication, passion, and attention to detail that you pour into the program. With your help, we can maintain our well-earned reputation and keep the Young Eagles program thriving for generations to come. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
For more information about the EAA Young Eagle Program, click on the button below and it will take you to the EAA's Young Eagle website.
OUR NEXT YOUNG EAGLE EVENT IS SATURDAY NOV 18 BEGINNING AT 0830 AT THE SPRUCE CREEK POA OFFICE
This update is from Jim Clark:
In the first 6 months of 2022 EAA Chapter 288 sponsored 4 Young Eagle Rallies and flew 72 Young Eagles. I want to thank and recognize the pilots and ground volunteers that flew these Young Eagles and invested their time, talent and treasure.
They Are Pilots: Art Patstone, Arthur Danley, Caleb Gessmann, Conrad Shad, Craig Cousins, Dave Henning, Eileen Weingram, F. Barry Knotts, Jeff Edwards, Jim Clark, John Foster, John Mazur, Keith Moser, Lee Kraus, Louis Rosner, Lynn O'donnell, Michael Heijmans, Scott Cianchette, Steven Arbizzani, Steven Bryk, Stuart Morse, Ted Chang, Tom Kodey, Tony Crawford, and Tyler Pepper
Ground Volunteers: Brook Restall, Carl Kretzer, Daniel Ruiz Jimenez, Debby Clark, Doug Yu, Grant Bowman, and Valerie Taylor.
I simply can’t thank these ladies and gentleman enough.
Here is a note I received from a parent:
Jim - I just wanted to reach out and say thank you to all the pilots & volunteers for such an amazing experience at the Young Eagles day. Our daughter, Izy, just loved this experience, getting to know the amazing pilots, and seeing all the amazing planes. Izys birthday is coming up and I was thinking of getting her an official hard- cover pilot log book to log hours. Would you please recommend one? Again - thanks for everything!! This program is truly amazing.
For complete EAA Young Eagle pilot requirements and information go to: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/youth/free-ye-flights/young-eagles-resources-for-chapters-and-volunteer-pilots/volunteer-pilot-resources/eaa-young-eagles-volunteer-pilots
Jim Clark EAA Chapter 288 Young Eagles Coordinator Daytona.email@example.com
Our Young Eagle events are typically scheduled on the third Saturday Saturday of each month - weather dependent of course.
If you have not signed up to fly or serve as a ground volunteer or pilot please take a moment and sign up at https://youngeaglesday.org/?yesignup This is a one-time sign up and will get you in the system for all future Young Eagle activities.
To check your Young Eagles Youth Training status go here https://www.eaa.org/apps/chapters/chapterpersonlookup.aspx
Never flown in the EAA Young Eagles program? Get involved by visiting https://www.eaa.org/eaa/youth/youth-protection-policy-and-program
If you have any questions or need help call or email Jim Clark, EAA Chapter 288 Young Eagles Coordinator, and we will get you hooked up with Young Eagles. Daytona.firstname.lastname@example.org (785) 210-7500
If you want to help out and fly during the event all you have to do is go to the Young Eagles site that EAA has established, YEDAY.ORG and register as a YE pilot. If you have not registered before you will need to complete some training. Please consider volunteering for YE, its a great program and a lot of fun to share our passion with a young person.
INFORMATION for PARENTS:
Your child can join the ranks of more than 2 million Young Eagles® and see their world from a whole new perspective. Since 1992, Young Eagles flights have been safely conducted in nearly every type of general aviation aircraft, from light planes to business jets, and everything in between.
What is EAA?
EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is an international aviation membership association founded in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Local chapters are located in all 50 states and many countries. Members are aviation enthusiasts of every age group, including many airline and commercial pilots, engineers, business people and even astronauts. They enjoy all types of airplanes, including "experimental" aircraft, those aircraft built by individual craftsmen, rather than in a factory. “Experimental” refers to the category of aircraft designed by the FAA for these types of airplanes. Similar to standard category aircraft, Experimental aircraft are inspected and certified airworthy by FAA.
Why was the EAA Young Eagles program developed?
The EAA Young Eagles Program was developed in 1992 to welcome young people into the world of aviation. Aviation is exciting and vital to our nation's future and the best way to convey that message is to actually experience flight in a first-hand setting.
What do you hope to gain by taking my child flying?
Each Young Eagle will experience a safe and enjoyable flight that will give them new perspectives on the world and life in general. Young Eagles program participants will understand that an individual's potential is unlimited and for them, the sky is the limit!
Who are the pilots?
The pilots participating in the Young Eagles program are local members of EAA who are volunteering their time and aircraft to make your child’s flight possible. Each pilot is licensed by the FAA (or governing organization outside the U.S., such as Transport Canada) and all aircraft are likewise licensed by the government. The flights are conducted according to federal regulations. No aerobatic maneuvers are performed.
How does my child become a Young Eagle?
If your child is between the ages of 8 and 17, a Young Eagle flights available from EAA Chapter 288. As a parent, you'll need to complete a Young Eagle preregistration form (see below) and then a registration form that will be available from your pilot. They can help you fill out the form and answer any other specific questions you may have.
What will the flight be like?
First, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane, reviewing an aeronautical chart and identifying reference points during the flight, completing a careful "walk around" pre-flight inspection of the airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane, helping buckle your child's seat belt, and describing the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel.
Once in the air, your child will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. They will experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. The length of the flight will depend on many factors, but most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes.
Back on the ground, there will be additional time for questions after the flight. Please note that each pilot is encouraged to follow the Young Eagle pilot guidelines, but also has the freedom to customize the flight to make the most of local conditions and facilities.
What happens to the registration form?
After the flight is completed, the pilot will issue your child the official EAA Young Eagles logbook or certificate. The pilot then returns the registration form to the EAA Young Eagles office, where the flight will be officially registered in the World's Largest Logbook.
At the same time, EAA understands that privacy is important. Only basic information is displayed on the web and your address and phone number will never become part of the public database.
EAA will send your child follow-up information about our free on-line ground school course, details regarding other youth aviation programs, and EAA scholarships. Your child's name and e-mail address will not be sold or used for commercial purposes. EAA is sensitive to keeping you and your child's contact information confidential.
The EAA Young Eagles Program, in partnership with the ISTAT Foundation grants program, has produced this series of “Careers in Aviation” videos.
This series promotes participation in aviation and showcases the variety of careers that are available to those who have a passion for aviation.
Each video focuses on a specific aviation career and highlights a personal story in that field.
EAA has teamed up with United Airlines to encourage young people to pursue aviation on all levels, with a variety of programs and activities that build on the strength of each organization. The joint effort will build on the success of current EAA and United Airlines programs. That includes EAA Young Eagles, which has introduced flight to 2.2 million young people since 1992, and the United's Aviate program that offers aspiring and established pilots the most direct and best path to United Airlines.
"United has been involved with EAA at various levels for some time, such as at our annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, but each organization was seeking a way to create a comprehensive pathway for young people to discover aviation and then learn more about the exciting possibilities for their futures," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of programs, publications, and marketing. "United's Aviate program offers a terrific new opportunity to provide a pathway for those Young Eagles who seek flying careers, especially with United's reach and visibility in the communities it serves throughout the country."
As part of the agreement, EAA will become the Official Youth Aviation Partner of United Airlines, while United will be the Official Airline of Young Eagles. EAA and United will also share visibility, web portals, and links that introduce people to all the programs available from each.
(Thanks to the Aviation News Network for this article)
EAA CHAPTER 288 GARY SUMMERTON AND JIM CORLEY SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
Contact the Chapter President for more information