The David Mischke Memorial Aviation Scholarship

Burlington EAA Chapter 818 has a goal of promoting and furthering youth aviation education and flight training.  To Assist in meeting that goal, the chapter will award an aviation education/ flight training scholarship to an area high school, home school, or college student.  The  scholarship will currently be in the amount of $1,000 and would be used to start or continue flight training to attain the Private Pilot Certificate.  The goal is for the student to utilize these funds within 6 months for the sole purpose of aviation education/ flight training.

To qualify to apply for the scholarship the applicant must:

  1. Complete the scholarship application which includes a 500 word essay on why they would want to be a pilot and identify their future career goals relating to aerospace and   aviation.
  1. Complete an EAA Young Eagles or EAA Eagle Flight and register for the FAA Ground School on-line program offered through Sporty’s Pilot Shop and EAA.  You will      become an EAA member for free by completing a Young Eagles flight.
  1. The scholarship candidate will be required to take an orientation flight with an EAA      Chapter 818 designated flight instructor.  This flight will help to determine the candidate’s interest and potential ability to complete flight training.  The student will also  need to participate in an interview with the EAA Chapter 818 scholarship selection   committee.  The selected candidate will need to pass the FAA student pilot medical  physical exam and be eligible for Student Pilot  Certificate.
  1. Be able to contribute their financial resources to complete Pilot Training.  the scholarship student will be responsible for 10% of the flight training and will need to secure a $100 deposit designated for flight training fees before any training begins.  this deposit will cover $1,000 in flight training costs.
  1. If currently enrolled in school, the recipient must have a 3.0 GPA or better.
  1. Be willing to maintain a diary of their flight training and share that with EAA Chapter  818.
  1. Be willing to attend EAA Chapter 818 monthly activities and meetings while participating in flight training.
  1. Be willing to maintain a flight training schedule that will provide for a flight lesson at least once per week.  Flight training will not be effective if lessons are not scheduled consistently.  Scheduling of flight lessons will require flexibility due to weather conditions.  If your schedule is too tight with other commitments and not able to be    flexible, and your flight training is not a top priority., please do not apply.  The selected candidate will need to pass the FAA student pilot medical physical exam.  The candidate will need to pass the FAA Private Pilot Ground School exam prior to beginning extended flight training.

What do I need to start my flight training

For the most part, you can show up for your first flight lesson with nothing more than a primed eagerness to enjoy an exhilarating experience!  The airplane and fuel are included in the cost of your instruction, so all you need is your desire to learn to fly.

Here are the basic qualifications:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • No criminal record
  • Be able to read, write, and speak the English language
  • Before you fly solo, you’ll need to apply for a student pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner will issue you a combined medical certificate and student pilot certificate after you complete an Airman’s physical exam (Sport pilots can use their driver’s license as their medical certificate). Talk to your flight instructor early in your flight training about applying for your student pilot certificate.

Time and Cost

Learning to fly is easier, more affordable, and less time-consuming than you think.  The cost and length of flight training varies by which type of pilot certificate you choose to earn, the type of aircraft you learn to fly in, the frequency of flight lessons, and you location.  While each certificate requires a minimum number of flight training hours, there’s no set duration for training.  The best way to progress quickly is to fly consistently and to study what you’ve learned between flight lessons.  This scholarship will give you a start on achieving your goal.

Once you become a pilot, there are many ways to reduce or share the cost of flying with other like-minded pilots.  Those options include renting aircraft versus buying, aircraft partnerships, flying clubs, and membership in your local EAA chapter where you’ll have opportunities to participate in the fun of flying year-round in your community.

Private Pilot

The private pilot certificate requires a minimum of 40 hours of flying time and allows you to fly single-engine aircraft with multiple passengers, day or night, and unlimited distances.  With additional training, you may also fly in weather that exceeds visual flight rules (VFR) conditions.  Each certificate has its place, depending on your wants and needs.  And, since most of what you’ll learn can be applied towards a higher certificate, they’re all equally good starting points, as getting started with your training.

Flight Training Milestones

So, what does it take to become a pilot?  Here are the major milestones in the flight training process.  After successful completion of these achievements, you’ll be a competent and safe pilot, ready to fly with friends and loved ones as passengers.

Dual Instruction

This is the phase of flight training that entails having your instructor with you in the flight training aircraft.  The majority of hours flown before obtaining you license will be with an instructor.  During dual instruction, your CFI will train you in all the necessary skills required to pilot an aircraft.

Solo Flight

One of the major milestones in learning to fly is your first solo flight.  Ask any pilot, and they can vividly recall the details of the first time they flew solo.  When your instructor believes your ready, he or she will set you free to fly on your own as you work toward the completion of your flight training.  Before you engage in solo flight training, you will need a student pilot certificate issued by the FAA.

Written Test

Along the path to becoming a pilot, you’ll have to make time to study some academic materials to pass the FAA Knowledge Test.  This is often referred to as the “written” because it is a forty question, multiple-choice test.  You must score 70 percent of better to pass.  To prepare for the test, you can train with your instructor, taking a class (called “ground school”), or a self-study course at home.  This test can be taken at any time in your flight training, but it must be completed before the practical flight test,  commonly called the “checkride”.

Cross-Country Flight

For the private pilot certificate, an important element of you flight training will be to conduct several cross-country flights.  That is, you’ll depart from one airport and land at least one other airport before returning to your home field.  This exercise will ensure your ability to fly and navigate.  Your flight instructor will oversee the planning for each cross-country flight, but most of your cross-country hours will be solo.

Oral and Practical Test

Once you’ve completed the different flight training requirements and your flight instructor is satisfied with your training, you will need to pass a “check ride”.  The check ride entails an oral exam followed by a hands-on flight test tat you’ll need to pass to obtain your pilot certificate.  You must take your check ride with an FAA designated examiner who will test your knowledge, practices, and proficiencies at the controls.

Once you become a pilot, you’ll likely be looking for every possible opportunity to get out and FLY!  You might plan an ambitious coast-to-coast trip, fly away with a friend for weekend getaway, or spend a few hours practicing at the local airport.  Or maybe you’ll your newly acquired skills to travel for business.  Whatever your plan, it will center on enjoying the work for a different perspective, and feeling the exhilaration, freedom, and satisfaction of flying an aircraft yourself.

Medical Requirements:  Before you fly solo, you’ll need to apply for a student pilot certificate from the FAA.  An FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner will issue you a combined medical certificate and student pilot certificate after you complete an Airman’s physical exam (Sport pilots can use their driver’s license as their medical certificate).  In addition, every pilot-from sport pilot to airline transport pilot-must determine before each flight that he or she is medically fit to operate their aircraft in a safe manner.  As a pilot, it your responsibility to ensure that your current medical health in no way jeopardizes the safety of a flight.

To print the application click here and mail to:

Robert Savage
2756 David lane
Oak Harbor, WA 98277 



The first recipient is McKenzie Nielsen-Barrett. Here we see McKenzie receiving the scholarship from chapter president Bob Savage