CJP Scholars Look Back on Eventful 2021 and Toward Very Promising Futures

2417_090517CJPF_LogoIt was year full of challenges, certainly, but CJP Scholars will certainly look back on 2021 as a time of exhilarating developments and progress toward their aviation careers, thanks in part from the support they’ve received from CJP members and the CJP Safety and Education Foundation.

Shaddi Abdala: 2021 CJP Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship – ERAU Daytona

Fall has rolled in and it’s time to prepare for finals and chillier weather. I am continuously enjoying the courses on my schedule and consuming new knowledge everyday.

CJP Hoover Scholar Shaddi Abdala

My Aircraft Dispatching course is particularly interesting and has given me a new perspective on the detail needed for each flight conducted by a large jet transport aircraft to be completed safely. The work of a dispatcher is crucial for operations and as I continue to study for my course, I am using that knowledge to prepare to take my Dispatcher Certificate Practical upon completing the course. My Flight Technique Analysis course is also interesting as we run simulations on each phase of flight and analyze the aerodynamic, environmental, and configuration effects on the performance of the aircraft during that phase of flight. I look forward to the next few weeks we have remaining in the semester and continue learning in all of my courses.

I have been staying busy on campus through my involvement with the Student Government Association (SGA) as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and in the Women in Aviation Chapter at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach as Vice President. It is exciting to be part of such organizations that are making a difference in the lives of students on campus. In my role, I work with my committee on initiatives that bring students together including an international coffee day where different student organizations shared their international cultures with the student body. We also organized a workshop that provided the opportunity for leaders on campus to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience to engage in meaningful dialogue about LGBTQ+ identities.

I have recently become involved in an organization that organizes and conducts Animal Rescue Flights from Apopka, FL (X04) to Enterprise (KEDN). It is an amazing experience that allows me to combine my love for flying and animals! On each flight there are an average of 25-35 puppies that are flown to Florida to find their forever homes. It is an amazing initiative that I hope to continue to be a part of.

As a CJP Scholar I am beyond grateful for not only the financial assistance to continue pursuing my goals at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University but also for the networking opportunities such attending the 2021 CJP Convention in Palm Springs, California. At the Convention I met with many industry leaders and Citation Jet Pilot Members that had very encouraging advice and opportunities that I will explore.

Shane Drury: 2021 CJP Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship – ERAU Daytona

First, I would just like to say what an honor it was to attend this year’s CJP Annual Convention in Indian Wells. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting so many great people associated with this organization. The owners, members, sponsors, partners, and vendors were all very inviting and I had the pleasure of speaking to many of them while attending.

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It was an exhilarating experience being able to get on stage at the dinner and live auction to give my thanks in person and share just how much it means to me to be a CJP Bob Hoover Scholar. I know COVID has prevented many CJP events from taking place this past year, but I am thrilled that I was finally able to attend an event and interact with the members and partners of CJP.

I also learned a great deal attending the seminars, and even though I don’t fly a Citation (yet) the information was very pertinent and valuable to anyone in aviation that wants to become a better and safer pilot. The convention was also a great networking opportunity. I was able to make many connections within the industry at the convention that I know will last a lifetime, and I am so grateful for having that opportunity to be able to network and put myself out there.

It’s also hard to believe that I will be graduating in just over a month! I can’t believe my hard work is finally paying off and that I will be progressing to the next stage in my career here shortly. I can say without a doubt though that this last semester of classes is by far the most difficult yet.

I’ve never taken 18 credit hours before, and it sure has been an interesting journey. Like always, though, I adapt to the situation presented before me and do what needs to be done. Especially as we come to a close in this semester, it feels like taking that final all out sprint to the finish line. As we do come to a close to this semester though, I can say without a doubt (despite all the ups and downs) I couldn’t have made a better decision than having chosen Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for my aviation education. I’ve truly enjoyed my time attending this university and believe it is one of the best decisions I have made in life and I will cherish it forever.

Since I am now about to graduate, I am very excited for what comes next! My plan for immediately after graduation is to finish my CFI training in which once finished, I will immediately begin instructing to build my hours. As soon as I have the necessary number of hours to obtain my ATP, I will likely proceed to a regional airline to begin my airline career.

As stated before, I am a cadet in the Envoy Cadet Program therefore I am primarily still looking at joining Envoy due to the benefits of being a cadet. I will continue to keep my options open though as I build hours and approach that point. An alternate approach I am considering is applying for the UPS Flight Path Internship program in which once completing you fly for their Part 135 charter partner Ameriflight to build hours and are guaranteed a first officer interview for UPS once obtaining the necessary hours.

It’s an exciting time with a big part of my life ending and an even bigger part beginning. Once again, I do not know where I would be today without being selected to be a CJP Bob Hoover Scholar. This scholarship is without a doubt the best thing to happen to me since attending Embry-Riddle. I look forward to an exciting career and hope to see many of you again in the future!

Caitlin Fuelling: 2020 CJP Bob Hoover Presidential Scholar – ERAU Prescott

Caitlin FuellingThis is my final newsletter I will be writing regarding the scholarships I have been awarded through this great organization. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to share my successes and my challenges with everyone who reads this. Last time I wrote I had just recently applied for the Delta Propel program through Delta Air Lines. After going through the lengthy application process, I was then selected to partake in a series of tests. These tests explored different areas pertinent to aviation such as problem-solving abilities, comprehension, and multi-tasking.

After testing I found out that I had been invited to interview for the program. I Just completed my interview this last Thursday, and I am eager to find out the results. This program was of great interest to me because of the career path options, including joining a guard unit. If I am chosen to participate in the program the guard option is the most likely path for me. While in my interview I was asked about something that made an impact on my career as an aviation professional, and I could not help but talk about the impact the Citation Jet Pilot Association has had on my career, and the countless opportunities it has provided me.

Until I find out if I have been selected, I have been continuing work on several things including, my helicopter add-on, fixed wing instructor rating, and studying to take the required tests to enter a guard unit. I am excited to have so many career options at this stage in my life, and I will be making some big decisions soon regarding the path I will pursue. Again, thank you all for the endless support, several of my achievements in aviation have been a direct cause of the scholarships awarded by this association. I cannot wait to see what new young aviation professionals are awarded this amazing gift, and how they use it.