Aircraft dispatcher Caitlin Lyons, also known as Cessna Chick on her blog, does not allow adversity to get in the way of her goals. Living in Manhattan without a car during her private pilot training offered quite the challenge. Her commute the closest general aviation airport resulted in over one and half hours on a train followed by a three mile walk while still maintaining a full-time job!
During the 2016 EAA AirVenture Caitlin caught a break, she had earned the ‘Get into the AIR’ scholarship awarded by Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR). Caitlin thanked AIR for getting her back on track towards her goal of becoming a flight instructor.
“It helped me finally do my BFR which was my first since earning my certificate and was delayed more than I would’ve liked it to be! Since then I was able to fly a bunch in the early winter working on my instrument rating and getting time under my (pink!) foggles – always on beautiful days I would’ve loved to enjoy the views of the Pacific. I’ve already knocked out my Instrument and CFII written tests and working on my Commercial/CFI/FOI written tests as well so I can focus on the flying portions. It puts a time limit on my training and gives me even more motivation. I’m hoping to finish up my instrument rating by the end of the summer!” she explained.
When Cailtin wasn’t flying or studying, she was helping others get into the air. She recently spoke to a bimonthly pilot group at her flight school entitled “Fly Like a Girl” about how to find and apply for aviation scholarships and is “always looking for other ways to pay it forward in return for the opportunities I’ve been given.”
Due to the success of their inaugural scholarship, AIR is once again offering the $500 ‘Get into the AIR’ scholarship. The scholarship can be used towards any phase of flight training, a flight review, written exam, instrument proficiency check or a check ride.
AIR is seeking an applicant whose essay and recommendation letter best describes their goals, drive and involvement in the aviation industry. The scholarship winner will be announced at the 2017 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The deadline to enter is June 15th. Scholarship applications are available for download at http://www.AIR-PROS.com/scholarship.php.
About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)
Since 1999, AIR has remained closely connected to the industry they serve, many of their customers are friends and some are even family. This is because all of the agents at AIR are pilots and understand the needs and challenges in owning or renting an aircraft and aviation related businesses. No matter your involvement in aviation, AIR can provide a comprehensive yet economical solution for your needs. For scholarship questions or an aircraft insurance quote call 877-247-7767 or fill out a quote request online today!