Reaching Out to the Public

For many of us in the aviation community and industry, we understand how difficult it can seem to “break in” to aviation.

Aviation can appear to be a secret group – if you don’t know anyone or don’t know them well, how do you muster up the courage to talk to someone? Perhaps you’ve made it to the airport, only to stand by the fence looking in at a beautiful airplane. You’re able to wrap your fingers around that fence, and see through, but you aren’t able to touch it.

Here at Build-a-Pilot, and in many aviation communities across the country, pilots and aviation enthusiasts remember looking through that fence, and want to reach out and open the gate to let newcomers in.

What if you aren’t ready to go up for that introductory flight, but you are interested in being up close to an airplane, and perhaps having a conversation with someone that isn’t trying to sell you something.

Many aviation organizations over the years have implemented ideas and events around introducing people of all ages to aviation. There are many opportunities out there, especially now, but the trick has always been in finding them. Now with the onset of nearly everything being accessible online, that research is a little easier.

Organizations that routinely embrace the public are organizations like the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Although the EAA is a national organization, its strength comes from local chapters regionally and locally. Those chapters have events where they host free flights to kids and adults alike who are interested in aviation occasionally throughout the flying season. Not sure if you are close to a chapter? Visit https://eaa.org/en/eaa/learn-to-fly/introductory-flights-for-free to find a chapter and perhaps an event coming up to try it out!

You can attend one of these types of events and have many opportunities to not only talk to the volunteer pilots, but also get closer to a small general aviation airplane.

Happen to see someone near their airplane? Stop by and chat, pilots typically love talking aviation nearly as much as they enjoy flying.

We still here stories of individuals coming to aviation for the first time, after having spent most of their lives not having an idea of how to get involved and we are doing what we can to combat that.

An Unintentional Hiatus and Women’s History Month Challenge

Here at Build-A-Pilot, we took an unintentional break on our blog. Many aviation related reasons are behind it!

In becoming more involved with local aviation groups and communities, Rachel has been busy with a local EAA Chapter, as well as a 99’s chapter, and continuing to fly locally with friends and family, making memories and sharing the fun of aviation.

Rachel attended EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI. It was a week filled with making new friends, too many airplanes to count, and an early morning ride in the EAA Ford Tri-motor!

Rachel has also been busy attaining her instrument rating and just completed the commercial single engine add-on. She will be attending an accelerated program to attain the certified flight instructor rating next.

Although the year is nearly 3 and a half months old already, the flying season is just beginning. Rachel has set out to not only support and mentor aviation enthusiasts on their aviation journey, but to help those individuals who have yet to begin! Throughout the year it is her goal to increase the reach to members of the public who are interested in aviation. Since March is Women’s history month, she is combining her love of history with aviation. She has made a call out to ladies in particular for the month of March.

 

Here is her challenge:

 

In the interest of promoting Women in Aviation. All you have to do to get the ride is send me a brief (less than 500 words) essay telling me why you want to go. Of the notes received, I will choose one as the winner. I will accept entries until the end of March. Here are the rules:

1. The ride recipient must be a female who is old enough to appreciate the experience. Typically, this means at least 8 years old. Preference will be given to kids because the goal is to create a lifelong interest in aviation, but there is no upper age limit as long as you can get in the plane.

1a. For young children a parent must go with them. I can take up to 3 passengers, depending on weight and balance.

2. To prevent the appearance of favoritism, this contest is not open to family members.

3. Candidates must not have previously ridden in a small airplane. If you’ve been on an airliner that’s fine, but no previous small plane or helicopter experience

4. The airplane ride will take place in Poughkeepsie, NY or somewhere within 30 minutes flying time of there. If you’re not sure if your local airport is close enough, send me a PM and we’ll see.

5. Young ladies who are not old enough to write their own note may have a parent write a note on their behalf.

Do you know of someone who might be interested? Please share this to anyone who might have a lady in their life who has ever hinted at the dream to fly! Send us an email at buildapilot@gmail.com with the essay and we will forward it along to Rachel.

 

Build-a-Pilot Takes Flight with 2018 Scholarship

Washingtonville, NY, Friday, February 16, 2018 — The Build-A-Pilot, Corp. is pleased to announce the 2018 aviation scholarship open to youth ages 15-20 in the Hudson Valley. Scholarship applications are due by May 31st, 2018, and are accessible online at www.build-a-pilot.org.

Build-A-Pilot’s scholarship, funded by corporations and individuals, is designed to help enable enthusiastic youth interested to becoming a pilot.

In response to the prohibitive costs of flight training and shortage of pilots, Build-A-Pilot Corp. has created a program that mentors, guides, and provides scholarship to enthusiastic youth who wish to become pilots.

Interested in giving accessibility to enthused students in the Hudson Valley who possess a financial need, Build-A-Pilot, Corp. provides a 50% scholarship to successful candidates who prove a strong interest in aviation.

After a hiatus of nearly 9 years, the volunteers and supporters behind Build-A-Pilot, Corp. are revitalizing the organization to not only provide scholarship to deserving youth, but to instill a love of aviation in them. Volunteers provide mentorship and guidance to recipients and take a vested interest in the success of each scholarship awardee.

Find out more about the scholarship and how to support Build-A-Pilot, Corp. at www.build-a-pilot.org

 

About Build-A-Pilot, Corp.

Build-A-Pilot, Corp., founded in 2008, seeks to foster scholastic achievement, intellectual advancement, and to create new young pilots through a comprehensive program consisting of an aviation scholarship fund and mentorship system to benefit aspiring young aviators with a financial need. Build-A-Pilot, Corp. is a 501c3 charitable organization based in the lower Hudson Valley.

 

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Contagious Enthusiasm for the Spirit of Aviation

What exactly are we at Build-A-Pilot looking for in potential scholarship recipients? Is there any interest in aviation? Where are the young people? Do young individuals still get enthusiastic about airplanes? As part of the aviation community, we face many questions like this. Most of the volunteers involved with Build-A-Pilot were those young, enthusiastic kids once. So we find it hard to believe they just don’t exist anymore. Those kids are there, we know it!

A short video featuring Kyle Fosso of Adventure Above was recently released. Kyle is a young man with dreams that are sky high. He plans on flying to all 50 states in his personally rebuilt Cessna 170 in 2018. He personifies what Build-A-Pilot is looking for. His “sticktoitivness” and passion for aviation is contagious. His enthusiasm and commitment to aviation is what we have experienced in our own aviation stories. Our hope is to enable more youth like him to pursue those dreams.

Take a few minutes and watch this video about Kyle. It’s truly an inspiration to us at Build-A-Pilot to see what true passion and commitment to aviation can bring.

New Website

Welcome to our new website. Having just finished most of the details on it, we at Build-A-Pilot hope you enjoy reading through the site and learning more about our scholarship program.

Our intention for the blog is that it will act as a news source for our supporters of events and other announcements about Build-A-Pilot.

It is our goal to award one or more scholarships to deserving individuals per year. If we have the funds for more we will not hesitate to increase the awards per year to reflect that.

As stated on our mission page, our goal is to find, support, and mentor deserving young aspiring pilots to achieve their dreams of flight.

Do you believe in our cause? Do you have aviation related items to donate as in-kind gifts for our scholarship recipients? Would you like to support us with a cash donation? Do you know of a deserving youth with an interest and enthusiasm for aviation? Contact us! We want to hear from you!