Jacob Solos

Jacob Solos

The final 2020 FMA Solo recipient has soloed. Jacob Burdette from Ohio has flown an aircraft, alone, on November 21, 2020, all while attending Kent State University, studying aviation, and performing with Kent State Marching Golden Flash. Jacob accomplished this with the assistance of Paul Marchky, flight instructor, in a Cessna 152 (Kemt 2) at the Kent State University flight school. “I finally got to fly a plane by myself for the first time after 16 hours of training, and I felt invincible. I will never forget November 21, 2020. I taxied to the runway and lined up with the centerline and pushed the throttle to full power. Before I… Read More

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2021 FMA Solo Program Opens

November 9, 2020, Fort Worth, TX:  The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) recognizes the correlation between hard work and skill required by both learning to fly and learning music — practice, precision, working with others, multitasking, and ultimately performance — and to that end, has opened the floor to nominations for the seventh year to passionate student musicians for the 2021 FMA Solo program. The program has averaged 2+ scholarships per year in the first six years while welcoming over two hundred new student members into the FMA network. The 2021 FMA Solo Scholarship Program is open for nominations from music teachers/directors. This scholarship is unique, assisting an aspiring flight student… Read More

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Jake Solos

2020 FMA Solo Recipient Solos

On a beautiful September evening, Jake Myers soloed in a Bristell Aircraft at Carlisle Business Airport (N94) in Carlisle, PA. Jake accomplished this feat in 10.9 hours under the tutelage of CFI Jon Still, Still Flying LLC, and Sport Flying USA Services. “I completed my first solo flight!!! It was amazing. I did three takeoffs and three landings all by myself. They were great too, no problems at all.” – Jake Myers. Read all about this wonderful event and more from the beginning of Jake’s journey at FMAsolo.org. There, you will also be able to follow Jacob Burdette’s (2nd 2020 FMA Scholarship recipient) journey while attending Kent State. CONGRATULATIONS JAKE!… Read More

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2020 FMA Solo Recipients

Meet Jake Myers and Jacob Burdette – your 2020 FMA Solo program scholarship recipients. My name is Jake Myers. I am 16 years old and I attend the Capitol Area School of the Arts in Harrisburg PA for guitar and vocals. I love to spend my free time playing music and building and flying models. I love flying and playing my guitar more than just about anything in the world. I caught the Aviation bug back in 2013, and when I took my first flight in January 2016, I knew that that was what I wanted to do with my life. I want to have a career in aviation, and… Read More

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2020 FMA SOLO FINALISTS

Congratulations and welcome to the final stage of the 2020 FMA Solo program. Finalists documents will be going to the Board this week for a vote. Recipient(s) will be announced May 1, 2020. Your 2020 FMA Solo Finalists Nathan Baxley – Junior from Alabama – Guitar Jacob Burdette – Senior from Ohio – Trumpet James Gelman – Senior from New York – Cello Wesley Hennessey – Junior from Illinois – Saxophone Chloe Litteral – Junior from Louisiana – Piano & Xylophone Chloe Moore – Senior from Texas – Flute & Vocals Jake Myers – Junior from Pennsylvania – Guitar Blake Smokovitz – Junior from Michigan – Trombone Bradley Suhr –… Read More

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