Arizona Business Aviation Association offers 2015 scholarship

A view of a twin-engine aircraft designed by Beechcraft during take-off. (Submitted photo)

A view of a twin-engine aircraft designed by Beechcraft during take-off. (Submitted photo)

The Arizona Business Aviation Association is offering $6,000 in scholarships this month, to applicants pursuing business aviation careers.

John Washington

John Washington

Business aviation is an important component of the aviation industry, and includes any flying done for business purposes other than scheduled airlines and military aviation, according to a press release.

Business aviation covers a wide range of flying, including corporate and charter flight service, aerial mapping, flight instruction, and aerial firefighting, the release states.

Aviation represents 10 percent of Arizona’s total employment, through 84 airports. More than 45 million passengers relying on air transportation to reach Arizona, with 3 million takeoffs and landings annually.

“Business aviation is a significant part of Arizona’s transportation system and our economy,” said AZBAA Scholarship chair, John Washington. “However, because the general public knows very little about business aviation, students and trainees interested in this field don’t have as much support as those in more traditional aviation career tracks.”

Applications will be accepted from Arizona students pursuing careers in business aviation such as pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers, mechanics and other business aviation career fields, the release states.

The scholarship funds may be used to pay for tuition, flight ratings and recurring training. Applications must be submitted online no later than March 6, 2015.

Applications and information for scholarships can be found at:

AZBAA is pleased to partner once again with FlightSafety International to offer an additional scholarship for a King Air 200 Pilot-in-Command (PIC) training course at FlightSafety in Long Beach, Calif, the release states.

FlightSafety International is the world’s leading aviation training company, delivering over a million hours of professional instruction yearly. Applicants for this scholarship should be pilots with 1000 hours total time.

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