Ground Effect Advisors, Louis Bowers, Marc Epner, Todd McClamroch, Al Waterloo
Have you ever applied for a scholarship? What was it like? Did you win? I am going to go out on a limb that the scholarship that you applied for was set up to affect just an individual. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But why doesn't the scholarship affect more than one person? I think of the "classic" aviation scholarship as one person receiving a chunk of money to "advance" their pilot skills. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved one of those scholarships! Given the current state of aviation, I think we can make the “aviation scholarship” better! Better meaning that it will affect a large population of pilots its effect will be felt long after the scholarship program has ended.
The team from Ground Effect Advisors is tackling exactly that. They have put out a new Aviation Scholarship that addresses a community, not just an individual. The Ground Effect Advisors are really excited about this. The cool thing about this aviation scholarship is that it does address the issues of today’s broad pilot community and it creates a living organization that will provide benefits long after the term of the scholarship.
Okay, so what is this aviation scholarship? The Ground Effect Advisors team is offering a scholarship to start a flying club! Through their own efforts and the participation of sponsors who share their vision, they are providing the tools, money, and expertise to launch a flying club at an airport. The idea behind this scholarship is that it will build a pilot community. This community will breed an aviation environment that will attract members to the club, business to the airport, and grow the pilot community! I know it sounds like I’m really pounding this idea about community and lasting effect. That’s the point here.
Like I said, Ground Effect Advisors are not the only people excited about this. There are some outstanding partners who are donating to this scholarship as well! Cirrus Aircraft and Sporty's Pilot Shop have donated aircraft appearance kits so that clubs can take a pride of ownership of their airplanes and schedule social events around plane washes. David Clark has donated two pilot headsets for the club to promote bringing friends along while flying! Heading 370 has donated some clothing gear for the club so other pilots recognize who they are. The AOPA is donating $1,000.00 to help provide a financial boost to the club! Pilot Edge has donated a free time limited subscription to their Air Traffic Control services on Flight Simulator and X-Plane. LiveATC.net is donating a scanner to put at the airport so that the whole world can hear the flying activity that the club does. ScheduleMaster is donating a 6 month subscription for online scheduling. Signature Flight Support is donating 50 gallons of AvGas for the flying club to be used at any Signature Flight Support location!
You can see that, nationwide, the entire aviation community is getting geared up around this and people are really excited! Make sure you apply because in order to win this scholarship your group needs to provide some basic information on the application form at www.startaflyingclub.com and submit it.
Check out www.StartAFlyingClub.com for more info!