CJP Bob Hoover Scholar Updates

Brandon Baber

Hello, CJP members!

Brandon 2I hope everyone has been doing well and is having a great start to the fall season. My semester has been going extremely well. I’m taking all upper-level aeronautical science classes now, which is great because they all heavily relate to aviation. I’m proud to report that my midterm grades are all A’s. My two classes right now are Electronic Flight Management and Aircraft Safety. Electronic Flight Management is teaching us how to use automation for autopilot systems and flight planning. Aircraft Safety has been a study of many different aviation accidents. It provides us insight into past mistakes so that in the future, we can hopefully fly safer by not making those same mistakes.

I recently began working on achieving my multi-engine add-on. We train in the Diamond (DA-42 VI). It has been a blast trying to learn a new plane. It’s certainly faster than the Cessna 172 and is taking a lot of focus to learn the new speeds and different things that have to be considered when flying a multi-engine plane. I’ve been fortunate to get a good instructor, and I estimate that I will be done with this course and ready to move on to my CFI training by December!

Career planning has been one of my top priorities when not studying for exams or flight lessons. I’m still in contact with a recruiter from Envoy in hopes of getting a First Officer position with them and flow into American Airlines. To not exclude other opportunities, I’m also speaking with a recruiter for United Airlines that interests me a lot. Perhaps most intriguing has been an encounter with a gentleman from my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. He expressed that he is in search of corporate pilots for his business located there. It would be very exciting to have a career as a pilot in the same city that my friends and family live.

There is a lot to look forward to in the near future. I will become a flight instructor before I know it, I graduate in May of 2020, and I’ll be in contact with different employers to begin job interviews. It’s been a long road, and CJP has supported me the entire way. Thank you for all your help not only financially, but as mentors to my career and my passion for aviation. I will forever be grateful for all the experiences and opportunities that you all shared with me. Thank you for all you’ve done for me and for all you do for aviation.


Jacob Cook

Hello CJP!

Jacob cook 3This semester has been one busy semester. Since my last update, I completed the CFI check ride! I am so grateful to finally be a CFI and one step closer to working at Embry-Riddle. On another note, I still have to complete my commercial multi add-on. After several weather and scheduling cancellations, I have found myself making very slow progress. Even though the progression of the multi add-on is delayed, it has not been a big deal; I just need to finish by graduation in May.

Classes have been going very well, and I have been able to manage the workload fairly easily. The class I am struggling with most is Weather for Commercial Air Transport. I have had to learn every detail about METARS, TAFS and international/military METARS and TAFS. Learning the international and military TAFS has been nothing short of confusing.

I am currently in the process of trying to become a Senior Cadet at PSA Airlines. I have been in contact with some of the recruiters, and I plan to interview with the company in late November. I am ecstatic to begin my career as an Airline Pilot, and cannot wait to hop into a large jet. The great thing about PSA is the direct flow program that they have with American Airlines, meaning that within six to seven years, I am guaranteed to flow to American, which is something I have always dreamed of.

The next step in my flight training is finish the multi! After Christmas break, I will start my CFI-I training down in New Smyrna Beach. Upon completion of becoming a CFI-I, I plan to immediately apply at Embry-Riddle and begin the process of becoming an Embry-Riddle flight instructor! My goal is to be working part-time next semester as a flight instructor and start building my hours.

This is my last update as a CJP Hoover Scholar. I want to thank everyone at CJP again for all of the opportunities and financial help you have provided. Receiving this scholarship has been a true blessing, and is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you all again. I have very much enjoyed everything that has come from this scholarship.


Matthew Gailey

Hello everyone, and happy fall.

Mathew Gailey 8This semester in Prescott has flown by so fast. I am finishing up mid-terms and getting ready for a few big things this November. Thanksgiving will give me the time to go home to my family back in Texas just after I celebrate my 22nd birthday mid-month.

I am looking forward to the break as this has been a busy semester. I am taking several senior-level classes as I near graduation in the spring. One of the most interesting classes that I am taking is Intercultural Communication. This class focuses on the communication and the concept of culture. I have connected with several of my classmates, and together we have learned a lot about the lifestyles of pilots from around the world. I have also been enjoying my last class required for my weather minor, Radar and Satellite Interpretation. This class will be invaluable in my future as a professional pilot and will be a great addition to my degree at Embry-Riddle. Another class that I find to be very interesting is Airline Operations. This class is not too difficult thanks in part to my internship this summer. It covers the industry and how the airlines operate. This class also allowed me to write a research paper on Southwest Airlines with my classmates.

Finally, one of the most beneficial classes that I am taking is Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques. This class is dedicated to the success of students applying to careers in aviation. We cover topics on resume building, cover letters, CVs, letters of recommendation, and then have a mock interview. These items are ever more important as I reach the hour requirements to start applying to jobs. My next semester will be determined in the next week or so, but I will have a light load of classes so that I can focus as much as I can on flight training.

My progress in training has been relatively unchanged since the last update. I am waiting for an instructor assignment to complete my instrument rating. With this extra time, I have dedicated about three hours a day to studying so that as soon as I am back flying, I will excel quickly. One of the resources that I have found useful is the peer counselors on campus. These are students who are a free resource and are qualified to instruct ground lessons. I have been able to refine my ground knowledge that I may have lost over the summer. I have also used this time to work more hours on the Flightline Student Advisory Board to continue helping my peers succeed. The current challenge that we are working through is getting students signed up for spring classes and flight blocks. I was also given the opportunity to lead a social event at the flightline to boost morale and get feedback from the students.

My plans for future training were discussed with the Chief Flight Instructor and Department Chair, and I have decided to obtain my instructor rating here in Prescott. After my instrument rating, I will complete my commercial single-engine in the spring. Over the summer of 2020, I will be working on my instructor rating before moving towards my commercial multi-engine. This is different than it was for previous students and will give me the assistance I need to succeed. I plan to stay and instruct for at least two years to build hours and to learn more about flying. I have been told that this is the best opportunity for learning, and I want to pass along the knowledge that I have gained as a student.


Otto Maytag

Hello, CJP!

Otto Maytag 1I hope everyone is doing well as the holiday season approaches. The fall semester is winding down quickly as there is only a month left of classes before final exams. This semester I have a full class schedule of 17 credits. With most of my “general education” classes complete, all but one of my classes is specifically aviation-related. My class schedule, along with beginning my commercial flight training, makes this my favorite semester yet.

My favorite class is commercial ground school. In this course, we gain the knowledge required to be certified as a commercial pilot with single and multi-engine land ratings. Last week, we began learning the systems of the Diamond DA42. The professor is also an instructor in the DA-42, which is very helpful. Studying the systems includes operating procedures and limitations. Learning each aircraft system in depth is interesting and builds my overall knowledge and skill as a pilot.

Compared to the Cessna 172, the DA42 differs anywhere from the construction of the airplane to the power plants. A topic that stood out to me in class was refueling. If unfamiliar with the aircraft, a refueler may assume the DA42 uses 100LL fuel since it is a piston-powered aircraft. However, since the Diamond has turbocharged diesel engines, it requires Jet A fuel. Even though placards on the aircraft call for Jet-A, the pilot must ensure that Jet-A is used when refueling. The construction of the aircraft is also interesting to learn, as it is mostly comprised of fiberglass and carbon fiber. This makes for a strong and smooth finish, reducing parasite drag. The biggest similarity to the 172 is the Garmin G1000 avionics, which will help smooth the transition to the Diamond.

This semester I also began my commercial single-engine training. The first thing I noticed is the fact that I can look outside again! Since I earned my private license down in Phoenix, this is the first time I have really been able to see the Prescott area from the air. While flying visually again is a nice change, I have found myself focusing on the instruments during maneuvers. I enjoy the challenge of executing maneuvers and landings similar to private, but with higher standards. Commercial training has been a blast so far, and I am looking forward to cross-countries and building solo time.

2019 has been an amazing year and still has more in store. Thank you all who make this scholarship possible. I greatly appreciate your support of my passion for aviation, and I look forward to seeing many of you again!