Ray Aviation Scholarship presented to Jessica Postle

Aviation Scholarship Opportunity Presented to Newark Resident by Local EAA Chapter 402

Award part of annual $1.2 million Ray Aviation Scholarship program

Newark, Ohio, May 28, 2020 – Eighteen year old Jessica Postle of Newark, Ohio has received a unique full scholarship opportunity for flight training, thanks to EAA Chapter 402 of Newark/Heath and the Ray Aviation Scholarship program administered by the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Pictures

The Ray Aviation Scholars program provides up to $10,000 scholarships to young people who are seeking to learn to fly. The Ray Foundation has provided $1.2 million to fund the scholarship program, which seeks to improve the flight training success rate from the current industry standards of 20 percent to 80 percent for program participants. Local EAA chapters are responsible for identifying youth for the Ray Aviation Scholarship program and mentoring them through flight training. The Ray Foundation is furthering the legacy of James Ray, an EAA lifetime member who was dedicated to aviation and youth education.

In the first year of the program, 105 scholars were awarded flight training scholarships. The success rate for those scholars is likely to exceed the goal of 80 percent.
Jessica will be training at Aviation Works Flight School based at the Newark-Heath Airport, also known as Treneff Field. The scholarship is designed to support a flight student through both written and practical segments of flight
training that are part of successful FAA pilot certification.

EAA chapters play a critical role in the success of the Ray Aviation Scholarship program. Chapters interested in participating are prequalified by EAA through an application process. If selected, they mentor and support the scholarship recipient throughout their flight training journey. Once selected as a Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund participant, candidates also commit to volunteer service with the local EAA chapter.

EAA Chapter 402 is one of 900 local chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the world’s largest organization for recreational flying. It meets at the clubhouse at 520 Heath Road, Heath, Ohio on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. The meeting is preceded by a pot-luck supper at 6:15pm. More information on EAA Chapter 402 is available at eaa402.org. Readers may recognize EAA 402 through our Young Eagles Rallies (free flights for kids) which is how Jessica was introduced to aviation.

About EAA

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 230,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying,
building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA.

For more information contact: Tom McFadden


EAA 402 monthly meeting June 16th is canceled

EAA 402 monthly meeting May 19th is canceled

EAA402 Young Eagles June 13th is canceled

EAA AirVenture 2020 is canceled.

Social Distance Coffee Fly-out Sat. April 25th

This morning I saw several pilots/planes not doing much. So a phone call here, a radio contact there I put together a mini fly out. With keeping our distance, one pilot to one plane we flew over to Richard Downing landing and sitting at a couple, three picnic tables having a line guy bring out a pot of coffee. He sat it down and we all pored our own cup. We kept our distance and had some good conversation. Participants:

Cessna 152  Dick Purdue

Mooney  Roy Hurt

Eazy   Mike Toomey

Cessna 152  Chris Anderson

Cessna. 152  Bob Erhard

Cherokee 235 Rollie Bailey

Keep your distance, wear your mask, wash your hands. We’ll get past this situation.


April Fly-outs

1st Sunday the 5th depart Newark 8:30am for brunch at the Tin Goose (KPCW)

3rd Saturday the 18th depart Newark 8:30am for breakfast and museum Urbana Grimes (I74)

Your Fly-out coordinator,


February Fly-outs

The WX has not cooperated lately on our fly outs. So we had a make up day Monday Feb. the 3rd to Roscoe village (I40) at the Warehouse Restaurant. Mr. Bradock said it was the best sandwich player he’d ever ate!!  Participants were:

Cessna 152 Bob Erhard 

Cessna  152 Dick Purdue 

Cherokee 235 Rollie, and Carl Bradock 

Cancelled the 15th, high winds close to single digits.

Your fly out coordinator,