Private Pilot - Jacob Burdette

Jacob Earns Private Pilot Certificate

Jacob Burdette, one of two 2020 FMA Solo program scholarship recipients, successfully completed the checkride at Kent State for his FAA Private Pilot certificate. “I am happy to announce that I am finally a Private Pilot! I took my oral exam on June 3rd and the flight portion on June 4th. The oral took me about two and a half to three hours total to complete, but it didn’t feel like it. Since Kent State is a Part 141 school, I get a grade for both my oral and practical parts of the checkride. I am proud to say that I received…” Read Jacobs entire journal entry and leave a comment… Read More

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My Journey to Flight vol.1.3

Mr. Bob This 3 part story journals FMA student member Autumn Pepper Rhodes’ quest of flight. I have been a member of my local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter for five years. Volunteering at our monthly pancake breakfast, Young Eagle rallies, and aviation events have allowed me to meet many experienced pilots. For the past several years, I have been teaching the introduction to flight class for our new Young Eagles. It was on one of these Sunday Young Eagle rallies that I met Bob DiCello. Mr. Bob flew down from a neighboring town for our pancake breakfast. I was helping out with our Young Eagle class. Once our new Young… Read More

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Shaylene Abrey-Webster

2021 FMA Solo Recipient

It is with much pleasure that we announce the 2021 FMA Solo program scholarship recipient, Shaylene Abrey-Webster. We received thirty-three nominees from across North America including Canada, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Shaylene, a Canadian, was selected from five outstanding finalists. With this announcement, FMA has now awarded 14 learn to fly scholarships to high school music students in seven years – 3 in Canada. A few words from our 2021 FMA Solo Program Scholarship Recipient. My name is Shaylene Abrey-Webster and I was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. I am currently attending Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer. I have achieved Honours with Distinction from grade… Read More

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My Journey to Flight vol. 1.2

Destination Aviation This 3 part story journals FMA student member Autumn Pepper Rhodes’ quest of flight. After joining EAA Chapter 66, I spent the next year volunteering at the monthly Young Eagle Rallies and attended Build Night when I could. The concepts behind the forces of flight came naturally to me and I loved learning and flying. As summer approached, I was given the opportunity to apply for the chapter scholarship to Destination Aviation, a weeklong aviation camp at Sun-n-Fun in Lakeland, Florida. This week at camp allowed my passion for aviation to really blossom! My week of Destination Aviation had daytime students and overnight students, aged 11-13. There were… Read More

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My Journey to Flight vol. 1

This 3 part story journals FMA student member Autumn Pepper Rhodes’ quest of flight. When I was younger, I was a girly-girl. I liked playing with My Little Pony and dressing up like the Disney Princesses. Around the age of 8, these interests slowly faded. The gifted program introduced more interesting topics like engineering and science, and it was great exploring these new avenues. Around this time, I developed an interest in owls. I thought they were so majestic, and I envied their ability to fly. That concept of flight was so interesting to me. I started collecting owl pictures, figurines, bags, and shirts – all with different types of… Read More

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