Pancakes to pilot scholarships

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The local Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA Chapter 757, is seeking pilot training scholarship applications. The Chapter held monthly pancake breakfasts from May through September to raise funds for flight training scholarships. Food is provided by generous donations from 3-Mile Café, Super One, and Safeway. Northern Air donates the hangar space for all EAA events and meetings. Your donations really make a difference and provide our local students with great career opportunities.

Over 25 flight training scholarships have been awarded during the past 9 years. Many recipients have earned their pilot license, and some have achieved advanced ratings such as instrument, commercial, and seaplane.

Applicants must be students, either in school or already in a flight training program. There is no age limit, but high school age students will receive priority. Scholarship recipients will be funded for ground school fees, excluding books and materials. The three highest achieving ground school students may receive additional funding for flight training adequate for most students to solo. Depending on the number of applicants, smaller scholarships may be available to assist with advanced pilot training.

Go to the EAA Chapter 757 website (www.757.eaachapter.org) for specific scholarship application information and requirements or contact Gene Andrews (208-610-8339) with questions or suggestions. Applications are due Dec. 6 and should be submitted to EAA Chapter 757, 64602 Hwy 2, Boundary County Airport, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.

EAA meetings are held each second Tuesday at the Boundary County Airport, Northern Air training room at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend. There is generally an information or training presentation along with the meeting. The group is currently constructing a World War I Sopwith biplane replica (much like the aircraft in our letterhead) as a training exercise and fun project.

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