2019 WAA Bill Weaver Aviation Scholarship
The recipients of the 2019 WAA Bill Weaver Aviation Scholarships were announced at the WAA Safety Day event on June 4th and 5th. The two day event was held at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, NY.
WAA Chairman, Eric Faulkner began the presentation of the scholarships by remembering his long time friend and fellow WAA Board member, Bill Weaver for whom this scholarship is dedicated. Bill's wife Susan and son Brandon were in attendance to witness how the legacy of his giving will continue to live on through these scholarships. Also in attendance was Mr. Chris Richards, owner of the Academy of Aviation. Chris' generosity has helped make this scholarship possible.
The 2nd place winner is Mr. Charles Reynolds. Charles has a four year degree in Aviation Technology from Everglades University in Florida and has dreamed of becoming a pilot since he was six years old in his hometown of Antigua, Barbuda. He started his aviation career in 2007 working as a line service technician as the Boca Airport. He has been working at the Westchester County Airport for 8 years now and is currently a Line Service Supervisor at Ross Aviation. Charles received a $3,000.00 scholarship to the Academy of Aviation for continued flight training.
The first place winner is Ms. Katherine Benita Guerrero. Katherine received her BS in December of 2017 with a major in Aeronautical Science-Focus in Air Traffic Control. She finished with a GPA of 3.8 and 4.0. Katherine has many honors and awards. To name a few: IAWA-International Women's Association Award 2014. Presidents List- Every Spring and Fall from 2013 to 2016. The Wings club scholarship-Fall of 2015 and 2016. Her finest award is the Bessie Coleman Award which is presented to a female graduate who has attained the highest cumulative grade point average while demonstrating the professional and civic values that exemplify the mission of Vaughn College. Katherine received a $7,000.00 scholarship to the Academy of Aviation for continued flight training.
The Westchester Aviation Association and the Academy of Aviation will award two aviation scholarships in 2019 for flight training in the amounts of $7,000, and $3,000. The scholarship amounts will be awarded as a credit to be used at the Academy of Aviation flight school located at Westchester County Airport and must be used within one year of receiving the awarded amount.
Anyone training towards a pilot certificate or rating may apply for a WAA scholarship.
Veterans are encouraged to apply.
1. A typed essay is required and should include:
2. The scholarship is open to current and new prospective pilots. Please send in a copy of your pilot certificates if you have any.
3. Please include a copy of the last 2 pages of your log book if you have already started flying.
4. Also include a professional resume with your contact info.
The recipients of the scholarship will be awarded at the WAA Safety Day hosted at the Westchester Marriott on June 4th & 5th, 2019 and are required to attend this event. In addition, the recipients of these scholarships shall be required to perform 6 hours of aviation volunteer service to give back to the aviation community.
Log book entries, resumes and essays must be emailed as attachments to:
WAA 2019 Scholarship 4.pdf
A Daher TBM 930 turboprop single piloted by Dierk Reuter and Phil Bozek completed a record-setting flight from New York to Paris on Saturday in an attempt to break a speed record held since 1985 by famed test pilot Chuck Yeager. The record must be verified by organizations such as the National Aeronautics Association and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
The flight departed Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York, on Saturday shortly after midnight local time and landed at Le Bourget Airport (FPB) in Paris about 8 hours 35 minutes later. Pilots Reuter and Bozek worked with officials on both sides of the Atlantic in preparation to attempt to beat the record in the C1e category (turboprop aircraft with an mtow of less than 13,200 pounds/6,000 kg).
The aircraft, owned by Reuter, was fitted with an additional fuel tank to carry an additional 300 gallons of jet fuel. This brought total usable fuel to 600 gallons, providing more than 10 hours of flight time. The FAA provided a permit to allow for a takeoff weight of 9,500 pounds, which is an increase from the TBM 930’s certified mtow of 7,398 pounds. Further, the aircraft was equipped with an Iridium Go! in-flight tracking device.
Reuter, a Chicago-based global finance executive, previously owned a TBM 850 for a decade before his current 930. Half of his 4,500 flight hours have accrued during his time in his two TBM aircraft. This included a trip to Antarctica in December. Bozek, a Michigan-based entrepreneur and real estate investor who flies aerobatic missions and collects warbirds, has logged 800 hours in his TBM 900, boosting his total time to 3,400 hours.
HPN Tower advised us of expected air traffic delays and re-routes for Thanksgiving week traffic heading for Palm Beach (KPBI) due to expected VIP issues. ATC Traffic management has told the Tower that Oceanic routes would be given to airline traffic only, with all other traffic destined to PBI needing to file on J48.
Those not filing on J48 can expect re-routes onto that airway.
Any operators with questions can contact HPN ATCT Operations Supervisor Demisha Vega at 914-948-6520.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer
wants to hear from you!
The runway repaving project will be presented to the Airport Advisory Board on Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 7:00PM in the Westchester County Airport Terminal Conference Room.
If you have an opinion on the repaving of Runway 16/34 now is the time to voice it to your elected representatives.
Your WAA Board of Directors encourages you to support this project as it is a matter of safety. A majority of the project costs will be funded by an FAA Grant and the work will be performed by local contractors. This is a benefit to our local economy and if not used, the FAA Grant money will be forfeited.
There is a vocal group of anti-airport citizens that have been mobilized to attend these meetings and they provide the Airport Advisory Board with unfavorable comments towards the airport.
The WAA is encouraging our members to attend the AAB meeting in person to let your opinions be heard.
If you cannot attend the meeting, please consider contacting your local representatives to let them know what the value of this airport and this project means to you!
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Contact by phone at 914-995-2900
In light of the recent mailing of suspicious packages please see Airport Bulletin 18-13.pdf regarding Heightened Security Awareness.
Please contact Airport Security at 914-995-2748 with any questions.
Notice: Expect VIP movement July 05-08, 2018 in the vicinity of Bedminster, Newark, Morristown, NJ. Pilots can expect airspace restrictions in conjunction with this VIP movement. The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs OFTEN for mandatory airspace restrictions prior to operations within this region.
Specific instructions and restrictions are available at http://tfr.faa.gov once the NOTAM has been issued.
*Depicted TFR data may not be a complete listing. Pilots should not use the information on this website for flight planning purposes. For the latest information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.
Recipients were announced at the 3rd Annual WAA Safety Day Conference
White Plains, NY – June 25, 2018 – The Westchester Aviation Association, a non-profit organization representing general aviation at Westchester County Airport and Academy of Aviation, a flight school located at the airport, awarded two scholarships in the amount of $3,000 and $7,000 at last Wednesday’s WAA Safety Day Conference to Adam Delitta of Mamaroneck, NY and Luc Piderman of Stamford, CT.
Luc Piderman was awarded the $7,000 scholarship. Luc is already an instrument rated private pilot and works at Westchester County Airport as an Airport Operations Supervisor. He plans to use the scholarship toward achieving his commercial and CFI certificates with a goal of becoming a Captain for a regional airline within the next 5 years.
Adam Delitta was awarded the $3,000 scholarship. He is a Junior at Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck and Cadet Commander for a local Civil Air Patrol squadron. Adam plans to use the scholarship toward achieving his private pilot license and eventually to offer flight instruction to other Civil Air Patrol cadets who are interested in becoming pilots.
The scholarships were named in honor of Bill Weaver, a founding partner of Westair a fixed base operator at the airport, which is now Million Air. Bill has been a long-time, esteemed member of the Westchester Aviation Association and has been an active supporter of general aviation at Westchester County Airport for many years.
“We were pleasantly surprised with the number of applications we received for the Bill Weaver Aviation Scholarships and very impressed with the quality of the applicants,” said WAA President Eric Faulkner. “The WAA is extremely pleased to be able to assist these two aspiring pilots with the financial means to achieve their aviation goals,” continued Mr. Faulkner.
This bill sets limitations on methods to control wildlife in and around airports and may compromise the effectiveness of these efforts.
Bill S.6853-A (DeFrancisco) that addresses this critical problem passed the Senate but no longer has a companion in the Assembly. Assembly bill A.8646-B (Hunter) that previously matched the Senate bill has been amended, rendering its provisions ineffective in restoring these safety measures at many of the state’s commercial and general aviation airports.
NYAMA urges the Assembly to recognize the vital importance of this legislation to public safety and to support the Senate bill S.6853-A or, in the alternative, the amendments proposed for A.8646-B
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