Student flying high with scholarship
Most kids his age still glow with excitement every time they admiringly fondle their newly attained driver’s license, but Greg Lindsey prefers to get high – thousands of feet high.
“I’ve always liked flying, but I never thought I’d be a pilot,” Lindsey, a junior at North Tahoe High School, said.
Through the aid of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, in the form of a scholarship provided by Marshall and Kathryn Friedman, an area student is given the opportunity to get their aviator’s license. Lindsey is the second student to receive the annual scholarship.
Although the scholarship does not fund the entire cost of the license, it does fund a good portion of the fee. Tamari Lieberman, a representative with the foundation, said the scholarship is worth $4,000.
Any area junior or senior is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants are chosen by a committee made up of local pilots and members of the aviation community.
“Greg has been an excellent student, he learns very fast,” said flight instructor Jim Hutchinson. “From the first lesson on, it’s hands-on. When he conquers something, I throw in something new – throughout your whole career you’re learning new things.”
Typically, it takes a student about one year to complete the training required to receive a license. Hutchinson stresses that the length of time varies from student to student, depending on the amount of time they are able to devote to the process.
“Everybody has different lengths of time,” he said. “It’s broken down; you need a total of 40 hours.”
Training consists of both ground and air lessons. The hopeful pilot must learn, among other things, how to communicate properly on the radio, as well as landing and taking-off procedures.
“With five hours in the air I was already landing,” said Lindsey, enthusiastically.
Lindsey has been training in a single-engine Cessna 172 since June. When he graduates high school, he plans on pursuing a commercial pilot’s license.
“I’ve always wanted to fly fast jets, but I’m not that into the Air Force because I don’t like getting bossed around,” Lindsey said.
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