CJP Bob Hoover Presidential Scholars

Andrius Logvinenka

AndriusHello CJP! I hope everyone is transitioning into the cooler weather. I have been busy the last couple months with school, flying and work, but I have been enjoying every single moment of it. I have been advancing in my commercial single-engine flight course fairly quickly this semester.

Transitioning from the instrument course to flying commercial has been a little bit of struggle for me. After doing approaches and instrument flying the last eight months, going straight into visual flying has been a challenge. This course requires my skills of mastering the aircraft, and I have enjoyed all the new maneuvers that I make the airplane do. Recently, I went on a dual cross-country flight to Palm Springs, CA. This was the longest flight I have ever done, but it was very rewarding at the end. My current goal is to finish commercial single-engine by the end of this semester then fly the DA-42 next semester!

Since this is my last full-time semester, I have been taking a lot of capstone classes. The goal of these classes is to round up all the information that I have learned over the years and apply it into different applications. Currently, my favorite course is dispatcher class. The main goal of this class is to be ready to take the written and practical exams and get your dispatcher certificate from the FAA. To accomplish this, we have learned a lot of new regulations, and apply those to flight planning. This class is a very good backup plan if anything goes unexpectedly where I would not be able to fly.

Aside from school and flying, I have been working on building my network for future job possibilities. Embry Riddle hosted a career fair in the month of October and I took full advantage of it. I am proud to announce that I am a cadet for Skywest Airlines, and I am looking to apply for more cadet programs within the near future. I made some good contacts and I am excited to take the step in my flying career. Of course, all of this would not be possible without the huge generosity of the CJP family. Words can still not explain how grateful I am for the CJP family helping me pursue my biggest passion, aviation. Thank you once again for helping take my next step in my goals and aspirations. I look forward to my future, and all that it will bring!

Brandon Baber

Brandon Baber-AirVentureHello, CJP members! I hope everyone has been doing well and has had a great start to the fall season. My fall semester has been challenging. In September, I began working on my instrument rating. It has taken a lot of outside studying and tutoring to keep up with all the new skills I have to learn. Currently, I am working on holding patterns and instrument approaches. It is exciting when something finally “clicks,” and I feel myself becoming a better pilot.

Outside of flight training, I’ve made a lot of progress in researching career options. There was a career fair on campus that afforded me the opportunity to speak with many of the Regional Carriers. I’ve also attended informational meetings on campus to see what life is like in the day of a regional airline pilot and a Gulfstream corporate pilot. Both seem like amazing career and lifestyle choices.

I enjoyed meeting the members that came down to visit Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus in early September. I also had a great time at the dinner in Sanford at the South East Ramp. It was a pleasure speaking with many of you and I appreciate the kind words and advice shared with me.

The convention in San Antonio was remarkable! I have never attended an event filled with so much knowledge, experience, and generosity. What I witnessed there was much more than just aviation – it was people helping people. I owe a huge “thank you” to everyone I spoke with, for your time and encouragement. Thank you for the many career opportunities that were discussed and the mentorship I was offered. I didn’t know what to expect when I was invited to this group, but anything I could have imagined has been well surpassed.

It has been an honor to have met you all this year. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this special organization. I hope to see all of you again in the future.

Dillon Smith

CJP-2017-Dillon Smith-Hoover Scholar-0217Hello CJP friends. I have been very busy with school for about two months now, but having a great time. It is mind-boggling to fathom that this is my last year of school and soon I will be entering the “real world.” In account of that sobering fact, I am attempting to make the most of my last year of college by keeping myself busy and doing all the things I love.

At first, this year was very difficult. It has been hard to juggle my jobs as Lead Flight Dispatcher, Admissions Student Employee, College of Aviation Peer Tutor, and School Mascot. On top of my club involvement as Leader of the Jazz Band, Member of Jazz Combo and Wind Ensemble, member of the Airline Pilots Association ACE Club, a newly appointed leader in Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, and new member of the Aviation Business Networking Club. All of this plus my academics and flight training. The key to my survival thus far has been organization, time management, and planning. My color-coordinated calendar looks like a mosaic that could be in the museum of modern art. I do not get enough sleep, but I am enjoying every minute of it.

My academics are still going well, and I plan to finish senior year strong. The classes I am taking this year are some of the hardest of my college career, but also the most beneficial and practical to my future profession. In my flight training, I am finishing up my commercial single-engine rating with one more review flight before the stage check and check ride. It has been a long and exciting journey with many challenges to overcome. I can’t wait to finish and begin my multi-engine training in the Diamond DA-42 (most likely this December).

This year I became a member of the Aviation Business Networking Club on campus, which is a student-run organization mainly consisting of business students that have the main objective of connecting with industry and preparing members for their careers in aviation. As a member of this organization, I was fortunate enough to get sponsored to attend the National Business Aviation Conference in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. It was an event that has been on my bucket list for a few years now and I am so glad I finally had the opportunity to attend. It was an amazing experience that broadened my perspective of business aviation. I have a much better understanding of how vast business aviation is yet at the same time how small and tight-knit the community is. Some of the highlights of the event for me were the speech by Bertrand Picard (the pilot and inventor of the Solar Impulse), the YoPro roundtable event, and tours of Gulfstream and Lockheed Martin. On top of that, I managed to run into Cheryl and Hugh Hardy as well as Brian Cox of Tamarack Aerospace. It was worth missing a week of school to strengthen my passion for business aviation.

I will be graduating May 4, 2018, and have begun planning different career opportunities. Through all the experiences I have had in the last four years, I have grown very passionate about business aviation and look forward to eventually making a career out of it. Once again, thank you for your support in my endeavors.

Mariano Quintero

MarianoHello CJP! As I write this update from my hotel room at the annual convention, I am astonished at how much I have learned over the past four days. Between the breakout seminars, jeopardy game, Sean Tucker’s presentation and safety overviews, I have been able to expand my toolbox of knowledge when it comes to safe and smart piloting. Most importantly, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know many of you and hearing stories of how aviation has changed your lives. From this experience, I’ve realized that there are boundless possibilities as to what you can do with a pilot’s license to build your own path in life and even help others along the way. Although I’m still set on making it to the airlines, I have discovered so many new directions that I can take my flying career.

Some of the highlights I really enjoyed during these past few days have been getting to drive the Karma Revero, trying my hand at line dancing (albeit a bit ungracefully), and witnessing Dr. Boyd and Dierks Bentley’s spectacular performance at the dinner. This trip has easily been the highlight of my college experience, and I would like to thank each and every one of you again for making this possible for Brandon and myself – along with all of the Bob Hoover Scholars prior and future to us.

Back in Daytona Beach, I have been able to accomplish a whole list of things that keep me moving forward. Earlier this month, I passed my Commercial Single Engine DPE checkride and began training towards earning my Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate. I have also started my second term on the Chairman’s Advisory Council for the flight department, after being the only member from last year’s group to be chosen to serve two consecutive academic years. With this important role, I hope to continue fielding student concerns and suggestions for enhancing our everyday operations. I am also honored to be starting my second job as Campus Brand Ambassador for Endeavor Air. One of my first tasks will be marketing and assisting with an upcoming event in November that will include trivia, a CRJ systems presentation, and social event aimed at increasing Endeavor Air’s presence at Embry-Riddle.

This has been, without a doubt, the busiest semester yet. Within the next month, I am working towards publishing a bit of my research, completing my CFI-A written exam, and hopefully spending some much-needed time with family during Thanksgiving. With that, I hope you have a joyous and festive holiday season. I look forward to seeing everyone again soon!