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Solo Milestones — Ray Students From EAA Chapter 1093 – Hangar Flying

By Jim Murphy, EAA Chapter 1093 Scholarship Coordinator

EAA’s Ray Scholarship program is supported by the James Ray Basis, managed by EAA, and administered by the EAA chapter community. By means of the beneficiant assist of the Ray Basis, EAA gives as much as $10,000 to deserving youth to cowl their flight coaching bills, totaling $1,550,000 in scholarships yearly.

EAA Chapter 1093’s 2019 Ray scholar is Jack Gavin, EAA 1235174, and the 2020 scholar is Daniel Libbey, EAA 1222377. Each of those younger pilots acquired their non-public pilot certificates. In 2021, the chapter was awarded two Ray scholar alternatives.

The primary of those went to Tobias Pobanz, EAA 1406421, a 17-year-old John Glenn Excessive Faculty senior. Seen right here on December 14, 2021, together with his EAA solo shirt, Tobias is planning to check aviation science, and finally discover a profession in industrial aviation. Chosen for his enthusiasm and curiosity in all issues aviation, Toby says up to now his flying experiences have been nothing however superb. “I can’t keep in mind a single lesson when I didn’t have enjoyable; even after I don’t do every thing completely, I nonetheless discover flying a lot enjoyable!” We agree, Toby, as a result of that’s precisely how we really feel.


In regards to the Ray Aviation Scholarship Toby mentioned, “The award is superb as a result of it offers children the chance to obtain coaching and transfer ahead in aviation, one thing which most households can’t afford. I started with Younger Eagles, the place children discover out if [aviation] is one thing they’re keen about. The [scholarship] then permits them to pursue aviation and comply with their desires at a younger age.”

Our second 2021 Ray Aviation Scholarship went to Jason Labby, EAA 1438368, a local Midlander and graduate of HH Dow Excessive Faculty.

“I handed the airport many occasions rising up, however by no means thought to get entangled.” Having caught the flying bug, Jason (seen within the RV-12 construct photograph) is finding out aviation flight science at Western Michigan College.

“My purpose is to fly as a profession, and I’m open to all alternatives, together with company, airline, or cargo. Aviation is one thing I’ve discovered a ardour for, and would take pleasure in having a profession associated to that zeal.”

Jason’s flying expertise started with flight coaching in the summertime of 2021. Shortly studying the fundamentals and seen as a strong aviation scholar early in his coaching, he was picked to be our second 2021 EAA Ray scholar.


“Studying landings has been essentially the most troublesome a part of coaching up to now, however with a lot follow I’m beginning to get higher. On December 14 this 12 months I accomplished my first solo, one of many coolest experiences in my life. I’m honored to obtain the Ray scholarship. I imagine it’s a nice program, and I take it very significantly. I’m very excited for the chance it’s giving me to realize my first goal, that of changing into a non-public pilot, and for the motivation to proceed on my aviation journey.”

As you nicely know, flight coaching shouldn’t be a bit of cake. We have now all stumbled, and dropping coronary heart occurs. So, while you meet considered one of these younger gents, or any of our tremendous scholarship awardees, introduce your self, and take a second to thank them for his or her efforts to realize their targets and grow to be revered members of our aviation neighborhood. Smile with them, and prolong your provide to share your aviation data and expertise, and just a bit of your time. That is The Spirit of Aviation.

Have you ever reached a milestone lately? Handed a checkride, given your first or hundredth Younger Eagles flight, flown your homebuilt for the primary time? Inform us about it at

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