2023 WASP Elaine D. Harmon Warbirds Scholarship
In memory of WASP pilot Elaine D. Harmon and WASP enthusiast and warbird pilot Devyn Reiley, this year’s scholarship will provide funding to attend the 5 hour airmanship and basic aerobatics training course at Patty Wagstaff Aviation Safety school in St. Augustine, Florida. The purpose of the scholarship is to supplement the training for pilots who are or want to be involved in the warbird community to safely keep these historic airplanes flying. Warbirds bring a piece of history to the aviation community and help educate the general public. In addition to providing copies of the pilot certificate, log book pages, and medical certificate, the applicant should include an essay of up to 500 words explaining their interest in warbirds and any background or preparation they have so far in seeking training in these airplanes or involvement in the warbird community. The funds will be paid directly to the training provider and must be used within one year of receiving the award.
For more information on the school or this course, visit: pattywagstaff.com
The course description is below.
“Designed to be completed in two and a half days, four hours will be flown in the 8KCAB Super Decathlon and one hour will be flown in the Extra 300L. This course will help the student gain confidence and a higher level of skill by learning techniques that will give them control of an airplane in any situation. The introduction to basic aerobatics will improve their overall level of airmanship and give them a foundation from which to continue to explore three-dimensional flight in all axes. The course includes an introduction to deep stalls, cross controlled stalls, spins left and right, spin avoidance and recovery, unusual attitudes and recovery, and Primary level aerobatics: aileron rolls, slow rolls, loops, half Cuban eights, half reverse Cuban eights, the Immelman and the Hammerhead. We also teach the art of energy management by linking maneuvers together into a sequence. After five hours of instruction, the student will be able to complete a Primary Aerobatic Sequence. All pilots are welcome. This is a great course for the beginner to the experienced pilot. The training exceeds FAA requirements for spin recovery endorsements for CFI’s so please let us know in advance if you would like to accomplish this. We will be happy to include your Biennial Flight Review (BFR) as part of this course. This Course includes: Five hours of flight training, Five or more hours of ground discussion, Use of Parachute and Bose Headset, POH for the Extra and Super Decathlon.”