Yann Bosch Has Found His Calling in Aviation

by Rob Finfrock

Scholarship recipient Yann Bosch

Scholarship recipient Yann Bosch

The Embry-Riddle student selected earlier this year as the first-ever recipient of the CJP Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship recently provided CJP with an update of his progress towards gaining a foothold in the aviation industry. Aeronautical sciences student Yann Bosch also elaborated on some of the “myriad of absolutely incredible opportunities” that receiving the scholarship has opened up for him.

“I was invited to attend the CJP regional conference in Turks and Caicos in late March,” Bosch said. “I was fortunate enough to fly down with CJP Founder Tracy Forrest in his brand new [Citation] M2. This was the first time I was able to fly in a private jet and I was instantly hooked.”

While continuing his studies over the Spring semester at ERAU, Bosch also applied for summer internships with corporate flight departments at United Technologies and Procter & Gamble, and will begin his internship with the latter company later this summer. He also spent a week observing a Fortune 500 company’s flight department at Bradley Airport near Hartford, CT, where he also had the opportunity to fly aboard Gulfstream G550 and a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.

“My interest in corporate aviation had only grown stronger since receiving the scholarship, and I wanted to do anything I could to see what this side of the industry was like,” he explained. “It was during this week that I made up my mind that corporate aviation was absolutely what I wanted to do. I look forward to the Procter and Gamble internship during the second week of August.”

Now in his senior year at ERAU, Bosch counts aircraft performance and, in particular, classes on Domestic and International Navigation among his favorite subjects. “We learned about planning trans-oceanic routes and the procedures necessary to complete these complex flights,” he noted. “This really interested me a lot since I know that if I continue into the corporate field, this responsibility will be greatly up to me as opposed to a dispatcher.”

CJP established the annual scholarship in honor of Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, an aviation icon, American war hero, and world-renowned test pilot and air show performer. Bosch received the inaugural scholarship in January, as part of the Bob Hoover Tribute Event in Los Angeles, CA. There, he met such industry notables as Burt Rutan, Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger, former FAA administrator Randy Babbitt, and renowned actor and pilot Harrison Ford.

“I was also able to personally thank Bob Hoover for the scholarship,” Bosch added. “It was such an honor meeting Bob Hoover and being able to listen to him recount stories of his unbelievable life.”

Bosch also had the honor of playing The U.S. Air Force song – “Into the Wild Blue Yonder” – on violin as Hoover was escorted onto the stage before the premiere of a documentary about the esteemed aviator.