Arizona Business Aviation Association Awards Fall 2014 Scholarships
December 8, 2014
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  • Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) has awarded scholarships totaling $9500 to four applicants in business aviation-centered education programs or careers.

    Fostering careers in aviation is important, as aviation represents 10% of the state of Arizona’s total employment. There are 84 airports in Arizona serving our citizens, more than 45 million passengers relying on air transportation to reach Arizona, and 3 million aircraft takeoffs/landings per year from general aviation airports. Business aviation is any flying done for business purposes other than scheduled airlines and military aviation.

    The AZBAA is very proud to congratulate its 2014 Fall scholarship winners:

    Patricia Espinosa $3500, Cochise College Commercial Pilot and Unmanned Aviation Systems Patricia is a pilot and unmanned aerial vehicle operator. She is the vice president of the Papa Zero Three flight club at Cochise College, and she will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle University with a minor in unmanned aircraft systems. Patricia aspires to start an aviation business to fight Arizona wildfires more efficiently by coordinating manned and unmanned aerial systems.

    Alex Briggs $2000, Arizona State University Air Transportation Management
    Alex is a former NCAA Division pitcher for the University of Maine as well as the ASU club baseball team. He is a senior at ASU Polytechnic, working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in May 2015, from ASU’s College of Engineering. He is currently working as an intern and teaching assistant in an ASU aircraft materials and structures lab. Alex hopes to work in corporate aviation management, or as a charter or corporate pilot.

    Katrina Holcomb $2000, Arizona State University Aeronautical Management Technology/Professional Flight Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Katrina Holcomb is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Management Technology with a concentration in Professional Flight at Arizona State University. She recently received her Private Pilot Certificate and is now working toward becoming an instrument rated pilot through ATP, ASU’s flight provider. She is involved in Alpha Eta Rho and Women in Aviation at ASU. Katrina plans to pursue a corporate or charter flying job when she graduates.

    Deb Allman $2000, NetJets flight attendant Deb started her professional life as a bank teller, eventually becoming President of Hamilton National Mortgage in West Chester, Pennsylvania. After raising 3 children on her own, she set off to see the world by becoming a flight attendant for NetJets. She plans to use her scholarship at a flight attendant academy to expand her opportunities in business aviation. Deb is a dedicated

    AZBAAmember and looks forward to continuing to help others. About Arizona Business Aviation Association: AZBAA works to promote the Business Aviation interests in the State of Arizona through enhanced communications, public education and outreach, and promoting safety and professional standards. http://www.azbaa.org/ and on Facebook at www.fb.com/ArizonaBusinessAviationAssociation.