June 12, 2014 – Former Young Eagle Brendan Robinson, who received a Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship just last year, is now a sport pilot after passing his checkride on May 29. Robinson, EAA 1047746, graduated from Chilton High School, Wisconsin, only a week earlier and took his checkride in a Piper J-3 Cub: “My favorite airplane,” he wrote.
Robinson says receiving the Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship a year ago made it possible for him to earn his certificate. “I am very fortunate for the opportunity, and I appreciate EAA’s commitment not only to today’s aviation, but also tomorrow’s,” he said.
Robinson is listed twice in the World’s Largest Logbook for Young Eagles flights, which include a flight on January 6, 1999, in a Cessna 172 with Chip Davis and on June 25, 2011, in the Young Eagles GlaStar with EAA volunteer pilot Fred Stadler. Robinson looks forward to supporting Young Eagles in the future.
Lifetime EAA members Angela and Jim Thompson endowed the scholarship in honor of the enduring legacy of Harrison Ford’s contribution to youth and general aviation. The actor and pilot was the Young Eagles chairman for five years. This scholarship helps young people achieve their dreams of flight at any level of need, with scholarship awards supporting EAA Air Academy, flight training, and academic tuition awards.
In the fall Robinson will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, where he’ll pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. He’s also a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.