Tue, Feb 16, 2010
FAA Administrator Babbitt Will Personally Present
FAA Administer Randy Babbitt will personally present Private
Pilot certificates with Instrument Ratings to the first two cadets
from the On Wings of Eagles Foundation flight academy (OWOEF) as
part of the National Guard Youth Challenge Foundation's Gala at the
JW Marriott hotel on February 23, 2010.
OWOEF is working in partnership with the National Guard Youth
Challenge program, and offers scholarships for flight training to
selected graduates of the Youth Challenge camps for at-risk youth.
Cadets Clarence Wesley Jones and Ryan Armenta graduated with honors
from such a camp at Ft. Gordon, Georgia in 2009. Formerly high
school dropouts and gang-bangers, these cadets completed their high
school education and excelled at the character training and
mentoring that was part of the Youth Challenge experience.
FAA Administrator Babbitt
Subsequently they were the first cadets selected for "full ride"
scholarships to flight training and since last August they have
been flying at Trans-Pac Aviation Academy at Deer Valley Airport in
Phoenix, Arizona. Upon completion of their Commercial and Flight
Instructor certificates, these trained pilots will then become
flight instructors for the next class of OWOEF cadets, set to
arrive in the summer of 2010.
On Wings of Eagles Foundation provides at-risk youth with
scholarships for aviation training and provides mentors for
character development. Their mission is to:
- Create productive citizens for America's future.
- Provide competent workers for aviation industries.
- Influence life pathways toward moral and spiritual
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