Update from our first scholarship winner, Emily Dennis

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COPA 177,

This is in response to your message about an update on my career progression since the COPA Flight 177 scholarship.

Three years ago I was privileged to be awarded the COPA Flight 177 and Jeremy Mason Memorial Scholarship for my private pilots license. After receiving that award, my flight training was quickly advanced and I completed my licence in June 2016. After completing my license I spent the rest of the summer flying with friends before I was to head off to college in the fall.

I attended an Aviation Technology and Flight college program, but left after a year for personal reasons. After coming home I began my commercial training right away and completed my CPL 7 months later in February of this year. Immediately after completing my CPL a job opportunity arose for a multi engine single pilot operations job flying aerial survey for a company called the Airborne Sensing Corporation.

The entry position for this job was to begin as a photo navigator, and after a time learning on site experience I would move up to a full time pilot. I began working for Airborne in March 2018, only a month after completing my CPL, and while still in the process of completing my multi rating.

I navigated for 3 months, and with a fresh multi rating was moved up to a full time pilot.

I now fly the Piper Aztec and Navajo in a variety of locations for aerial survey. Its been a great way to begin my aviation career and I am thoroughly enjoying the company I work for. The experience I have gained has been incredible from flying precise lines low level in the rugged terrain of Maine to surveying all across the province of Quebec. If I were to look back a year ago I would have never dreamed I would be in this position. There are so many people who have helped me along the way, including this scholarship that helped me from the beginning with my PPL. I am so thankful for everything and look forward to see what the future of flying has to offer.

Cheers,

Emily Dennis

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