CJP Bob Hoover Presidential Scholar Updates

Andrius 1Andrius Logvinenka

Hello CJP members. I am very excited to tell you what I have been up to. The semester is flying by. It seems like yesterday I was saying goodbye to my parents before travelling back to Arizona. But back at school, things have been going great all-around.

Academically, I have started the semester strong and hope to keep the momentum going. I am currently taking 17 credits including an instrument flight course. I am about a third of the way into the course and have been enjoying it a lot. After spending more than a year earning my private pilot license, it feels great to be learning something both new and challenging.

Embry Riddle’s instrument flight course is divided into two sections, Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 is basic attitude instrument flying, DME arcs and holds. Stage 2 consists of partial panel, non-precision and precision approaches and then check rides. I just finished my last DME arcs lesson and have started holds. Next, I will complete a stage check and move on to Stage 2.

Outside of classes, I am greatly enjoying my time in Prescott. On weekends, my friends and I often go on road trips, exploring the beauty of Arizona. We’ve visited scenic lookouts, plane spotted at Phoenix Sky Harbor, toured an old mining town and went off-roading near the red rocks in Sedona. I look forward to exploring more of Arizona this year.

I want to thank you once again for supporting me in my journey, and following along in the process. I am having a blast at Embry Riddle and really value the high-level education that I know am earning here. I look forward writing to you again soon!


Mariano Quintero

Mariano Quintero

The past couple months have been busy! This semester, I am taking five courses alongside flight training and working. As I mentioned previously, I work as a dispatcher for the Advanced Flight Simulation Center and also serve on the Chairman’s Advisory Council.

With midterms quickly approaching, my goal is to finish the oral, flight and sim portion of the instrument check ride. During Spring Break, I plan to stay at the school and continue flying. One fun trip, however, is a possible visit to the Delta headquarters with the ALPA Ace Club.

Since I will soon be enrolled in the commercial course, I hope to get as many flights in as possible before the summer weather rolls in. I will also be staying at school over the summer to ideally get through commercial training and start CFI initial before the end of 2018.

I want to thank all of you again for the support. I look forward to meeting and connecting with everyone at CJP as the year goes on.


Dillon Smith

Dillon Smith

Hello CJP members. I was concerned that I would not have much to report since my last update. However, a lot has happened in my life in this short timeframe. Between school, clubs, work and flying, I have managed to keep myself very busy.

In the last newsletter, I noted that I had finished my final interview with Alaska Airlines and was waiting to hear back about getting the position. What I had not mentioned was I had another interview the week prior with a company called K2 Aviation in Talkeetna, Alaska. They operate a small fleet of midsize piston aircraft and give airborne tours of the Denali National Forest and Mt. McKinley. So, contrary to my plan to work at Alaska Airlines, I will be working in the state of Alaska as an operations intern at K2! In this position, I will answer phones, schedule tours, drive a shuttle van, track aircraft, fuel aircraft and much more. This opportunity honestly caught me by surprise, but ultimately I have always wanted to visit the state of Alaska, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I could not pass up.

On another note, commercial single-engine flight training has been an amazing experience thus far. I have gained considerable traction in developing a friendship with my instructor who has been a huge aid to my overall success. However, I still have my challenges. My biggest hurdle right now is consistent execution of power-off 180’s (a maneuver where you pull power to idle and turn 180 degrees in the traffic pattern to land the plane at your intended point on the runway). A few weeks ago, I was having a hard time coping with my failure of this maneuver. But in that struggle, I relearned that failure is not bad as long as I make improvements.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking an interest in not just my aviation career, but me personally as well. This is a fantastic organization that I am honored and humbled to be a part of, and I look forward to our interactions in the future.


Brandon Baber First SoloBrandon Baber

Hello everyone! I am happy to report that everything has been going great since the beginning of the year. Classes are off to a good start. I am currently taking math, speech, weather and instrument flying courses. I am proud to say that I made A’s on my first round of exams. As a college student, that’s what you strive for and glad to see my efforts paying off.

I am also excited to announce that I soloed on Feb. 21! I flew to Flagler Airport around 7 a.m. as the sun was rising. I could not have asked for a better backdrop. It is something I will never forget. Coming up next: my first night flight! I cannot wait to see the lights of Daytona from the sky for the first time.

Personally, life has been very good. I was able stand outside the office at work and watch the Falcon Heavy Launch on February 6, a historic event to witness firsthand. I’ve also attended a few astronomy nights on campus where we view amazing sights through telescopes. I saw the moon in more detail than I’ve ever seen before.

A few other things that are coming up that I am really looking forward to: 1) more beach and pool time (in between work and studying) as the weather heats up; 2) My brother visiting Daytona from back home in San Antonio; 3) I am attending the CJP Regional Event in Bentonville, AR in April! I look forward to meeting many of you for the first time and all the events that will take place that weekend.