CJP Bob Hoover Presidential Scholars

Brandon 2Brandon Baber

Hello, CJP!

Thank you for selecting me again to be a recipient for the Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to send another update to you all. I had such an amazing year in 2018, and I owe it to you for the stories and insight that I’ve gained.

The year has started off very strong. As of January, I became an instrument-rated private pilot. And on February 1, I began my commercial certificate training. The maneuvers have been much more challenging and the aviation knowledge much more in-depth. Chandelles and Lazy Eights are the most challenging for me to perform. My instructor is great though, and I have no doubt he’ll have me squared away soon enough. Also, I’m being scheduled for my long cross country to Key West, Florida. My past attempts have been canceled due to poor weather conditions.

Academics are similar to flight training as things are becoming more intense. Currently, I spend most of my time battling with Physics 104. Thankfully, there is a great tutor at Veteran Student Services helping me during the day and a student tutoring facility on campus I visit at night. The additional tutoring is the only way I’ve been surviving the class. The other three classes have been great. I’m studying Turbine Engine Systems, Commercial Pilot Operations and Airline Operations. All three classes relate directly to my career, and I really enjoy learning material that will be relevant to my future.

I’ve also recently had the pleasure of starting a new job in Sanford. I owe a special thanks to Mark and Chic for allowing me to work with them at Air Unlimited. I can truly say it is the first time I’ve ever looked forward to working on the weekends! I’ve only been there two months, but I have already learned a lot about guest services, working with customs, multi-engine aircraft and flight planning. I gain little gems of knowledge every day simply by being around aviation, and I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to be there.

This week is the Career Expo on campus, and I look forward to getting in touch with some of the regional airline recruiters. I’ve been in contact with a gentleman named James about joining the Cadet program with Envoy. It would be a great program that could put me on a path to American Airlines – and one day in the future get me back home to Texas! Also, Embry-Riddle is starting to accept applications for the CFI Fast Track over the summer. I’ll have to move flawlessly through my commercial certificate training to get there on time, but I’m staying optimistic and will apply for the program.

Thank you once more for allowing me to spend another year with CJP. Last year had such a large impact on my life and my understanding of the aviation community that I cannot imagine what I will gain from a second year. I thank you for giving me the chance to find out.


Jacob cook 3Jacob Cook

Thank you to everyone at the Citation Jet Pilots Association for awarding me with the Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship! It is an honor to represent both CJP and Bob Hoover. Receiving a scholarship of this caliber has relieved a ton of financial pressure and I am grateful for the support CJP has provided as I continue my flight training.

My name is Jacob Cook, and I am currently a junior at the Daytona Beach campus. I am majoring in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Applied Meteorology. I was born and raised in Upstate New York in a little town called Greene. I caught the bug to fly at a very young age on a trip to Disney World when the Captain allowed to come into the cockpit and see the flight deck. Since that day, I knew I wanted to learn about all of the buttons and switches in that cockpit that make an airplane fly. I came to Embry-Riddle to achieve my dreams of becoming a professional pilot, and I have been chasing that goal ever since.

Currently, I am waiting for my commercial check ride with an FAA Designated Examiner. I have been working on my commercial certificate for about two semesters, and after several scheduling errors and bad weather, the time has finally come! I am extremely excited (and nervous) to finally become a commercial pilot and get one step closer to my dream of becoming a professional pilot. My immediate goal is to earn my CFI this summer and hopefully get hired by the Embry-Riddle Flight Department as an instructor.

Last semester, I finished with a 4.0 GPA, which helped my cumulative GPA get up to a 3.885. My goal is to graduate with a 3.9. I am on track this semester to earn another 4.0, but it is not going to be easy. Satellite and Radar Interpretation and Jet Transport Systems are so far the hardest classes for me this semester and will test my GPA. But I have been studying extra hard and reaching out to my professors for additional help on topics that I don’t fully understand. I am also taking Crew Resource Management and Electronic Flight Management Systems which have both been extremely fun and insightful.

On campus, I am a part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, which is a club that emphasizes community service and academic excellence. I am also a part of the Ice Hockey Club. In my free time, you can find me at the golf course, the gym or on the water.

Thank you again to all of the members at CJP who made this scholarship possible. I am both grateful and honored to receive this scholarship. This has taken a lot of weight off my shoulders and allows me to continue my flight training. I look forward to all of the opportunities ahead and meeting more people from CJP. Thank you.


Mathew Gailey 8Matthew Gailey

Hello everyone. My name is Matthew Gailey, and I would like to thank everyone involved for the opportunity at being a 2019 Bob Hoover Presidential Scholar. The cost of flight and tuition at Embry-Riddle has been a difficult obstacle, so it was a wonderful day when I received the phone call regarding this scholarship. This will help me to succeed and I cannot be more thankful for the support! I am excited to update you throughout the year as I accomplish more thanks to your generous contribution.

I am a junior at Embry-Riddle in Prescott. I began my flying career in the Fall of 2015 in my home of Lubbock, Texas. I am working on my instrument rating after completing my private pilot certificate in the spring of 2018. I now have 120 hours.

I am currently working on instrument holds, arcs and departure procedures. One difficult challenge that I recently overcame is the intersection hold. I worked with a peer counselor, a fellow student, and I was able to accomplish my goal and move on closer to the end of stage 1. Next in training within stage 2, I will begin approaches, cross countries and partial panel operations. An interesting way that Embry-Riddle teaches the proper way to control the aircraft is with the Control Performance Method. This is essentially “pitch for airspeed, power for altitude.” We strengthen our skills with “Instrument Patterns.” These are diagrams that mimic the infrastructure of an instrument flight into a 7 to 11-minute flight. This unique way of developing skills is just another reason that I decided Embry-Riddle is where I wanted to pursue my professional pilot degree program. Next in the course are approaches and partial panel operations.

I was recently informed that I have been selected for a summer internship at Southwest Airlines, which will help me further my education in aviation and provide me with unique networking opportunities throughout the summer months. I will be working in Dallas on the Electronic Flight Bag team, which works very closely with the pilots on the line. This opportunity aligns well with my current class schedule including Electronic Flight Management Systems and Jet Transport Systems. These are capstone classes for Aeronautical Science programs and have not been easy, but more than worth it. I am currently working on research papers for each class. The topic for Jet Transport Systems is “History and Development of the Integrated Drive Generator (IDG).” The IDG is very complex and has been a very interesting piece to research. I have found the original patent on the IDG and also how it can convert variable speed from the engine to constant speed for the generator. The topic selection for Electronic Flight Management Systems is still in progress. Other classes that I am taking include Thunderstorms, Business Management and Aviation Law. Each has its own set of challenges, and I have already learned much more than I had anticipated halfway through the semester with much more to come.

Again, I would like to thank everyone at Citation Jet Pilots Association for this amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait to update you all throughout the year as I progress my skills in flight and in the classroom.


Otto Maytag 1Otto Maytag

My love for aviation started before I could walk. I have vivid memories of sitting in the right seat of my dad’s private planes. There was never a day I did not want to take to the skies with my father. Our house was filled with airplane pictures and books, and I can remember looking up to the pictures of my grandfather standing next to his F-102 and thinking how impressive he looked. Those days instilled in me a passion for aviation that will be with me for the rest of my life. At the minimum age required, I soloed an aircraft on my 16th birthday. I continued to study and learn, and I earned my pilot license at the age of 17. I take pride in my achievements and believe being a pilot has made me who I am today.

I am currently a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus. Although I am from Cave Creek, Arizona, Prescott is my hometown. When it came time to apply to colleges, Embry-Riddle was my goal. My experience at ERAU has been even better than I hoped it would be. The community here makes for a perfect learning environment. For the first time, I am surrounded by friends with the same interests and it is truly amazing.

This semester I resumed progress toward my instrument rating, a challenging but rewarding rating to earn. I am excited to be flying approaches, piecing everything together I have learned thus far to complete an IFR flight. This semester, my favorite classes are aircraft performance and human factors in aviation safety. Performance is my most challenging class but also very interesting. The calculations can be difficult, but applying them to real-world situations as a pilot is eye-opening. Human factors in aviation safety is my second class towards my aviation safety minor. In this class, we study previous accidents due to human error, and what actions have been taken to prevent them in the future.

Spring break is right around the corner and I am looking forward to spending some time at home with my family. Over break, I will also be working at a local Jeep restoration shop. Working on Jeeps is a rewarding activity as I enjoy bringing old ones back to life so they can continue to explore the great outdoors.

I’ll never forget receiving the call from Cheryl Hardy. To my amazement, she informed me I was selected as a recipient of the Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship! I immediately told my family about the exciting news. Being just a week before my birthday, we decided to have an early celebration.

I have looked up to Bob Hoover as one of the best pilots in history, and I am proud to carry on his legacy. My family and I are beyond thankful for this award and your interest in my future as a professional pilot. Embry-Riddle is one of the leading flight schools in the industry, but with it comes the stress of student loans. This scholarship will allow me to continue flight training uninterrupted as I pursue my passion. I am thankful to be a part of the CJP community and cannot wait to see what the future brings!


2018 Scholar

MarianoMariano Quintero

Hello, CJP!

I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start. I’m getting closer and closer to completing my CFI rating this semester, and have been keeping busy with flight training, classes and juggling the three jobs I now have.

Recently, I completed a significant milestone in my flight training – earning my Spin Endorsement! It was quite an interesting learning experience which required a bit of preparation before we could start the flight, especially with weight and balance. What surprised me the most was how during the entry and right up to the incipient phase, it was entirely a “1G” maneuver. In fact, I felt more of an effect from gravity on the recovery phase rather than during the time I was nearly upside down in a dive. In what felt like a split second, the aircraft lost nearly 800 feet every time. This valuable flight with my instructor helped me see the warning signs and proper recovery technique in action.

I also recently took on a third job that will help me gain teaching experience. I now work with the Embry-Riddle Language Institute as a co-teacher in the “English for VFR” program, where I provide subject-matter expertise on aviation terminology. It feels incredibly rewarding to do something purposeful with all three of my jobs, and somehow I’m lucky to still be able to keep my academics, family life, and social life in the balance. I’m hoping to make time this semester to visit Sun n’ Fun in April and maybe tour the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital with AOPA.

I’m incredibly grateful for CJP’s continued support for myself and the new 2019 scholars. Thank you for helping us on the journey to a career in the skies!