Southern California Aviation Association Scholarship Selection Committee
September 16, 2012
Dear Scholarship Committee,
I wanted to take this opportunity to update the committee on the most recent accomplishment I have made resulting from the scholarship I was awarded from your organization.
As of Wednesday, September 12, 2012, I ultimately fulfilled all of the obligations, requirements, and exams necessary in becoming an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI).
I can say, without reservation, that your most generous award was absolutely indispensible in the obtaining of this latest certification.
I know that in the coming years, as I reflect on my experiences and accomplishments, in my pursuit of a career as a professional pilot, I will always look back to this time in my training, forever grateful of the role this organization played in helping me to achieve my goals.
Benjamin Lipson, CFI
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Santa Monica, California undefined Josh Olson, Director of Mission Operations, reports that Angel Flight West (AFW) is facing a serious pilot shortage while on pace to provide a record-breaking 5,000 missions this year. AFW arranges free air transportation for distant nonemergency medical treatment and in compassionate response to other compelling needs. The organization serves the 13 western states including Alaska and Hawaii. Last year marked its completion of 50,000 missions since 1983.
“Since the first of January, we’ve completed 2,474 missions, but we’ve had to cancel 265undefinedmore than 10 percentundefinedbecause we couldn’t find pilots. We’ve had to cancel more missions this year due to lack of pilots than any time before in our 29-year history ,” Olson said. “Our outreach volunteers have created increased demand from hospitals, physicians and social workers for our service. Now we need more pilots to keep up.”
Without more volunteer pilots, patients who live remotely, are too ill to travel commercially or cannot afford to travel may miss out on vital healthcare. For some, this could mean the difference between life and death. Volunteer pilots, a.k.a. Angels, donate all flight-related costs. Passengers never pay for an Angel Flight. Pilots view missions online, selecting as few or as many as their time and budget will allow. Every flight makes a world of difference.
Volunteer pilots are urgently needed, particularly in Southern California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon. If you love to fly and to help others, please sign up online. You could fly your first mission in as little as a week. Visit www.angelflightwest.orgor call 1-888-426-2643. AFW is a charitable, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. When you volunteer, your tax advisor can help you deduct flight-related costs.
SoCal Aviation Association
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