Sunday, February 14, 2016

Aircraft group gives award to student pilot

SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Local Chapter 291 of the Experimental Aircraft Association has awarded 14-year-old Kevin D. Faria a Matching Funds Award for 2015.

The award will pay 50 percent of all expenses to not only attend ground school but also pay for aircraft rental and instructor expenses. Chapter 291 is based at Martin Airport in South Sioux City.

The chapter has been giving an award to a deserving young student pilot over the last six years. Previous awards paid for them to complete the Martin Aviation Ground School only. This year the chapter decided to go further and select a student who shows great promise in continuing in an aviation career by awarding a Matching Funds Award. This award is estimated to be $4,000.

Faria is a student at Bishop Heelan in Sioux City. According to Chapter 291 President Rick Alter, Faria intends to pursue his pilot’s license at Martin Field, and after college he plans to follow his father’s career by joining the Navy and becoming a Naval Aviation Flight Officer.


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