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Ray Scholar in Missouri Passes Private Pilot Checkride

July 3, 2019 - Trent McBride of EAA Chapter 1218 in Willow Springs, Missouri, has passed his private pilot checkride, becoming the first of the Ray scholars to accomplish that goal.

"The support from EAA Chapter 1218 and the local aviation community to help Trent achieve his first step in pursuing a career as a professional pilot is what the Ray Aviation Scholars program is all about, and is a true testament to EAA's commitment to growing participation in aviation," EAA Chapter Field Representative II David Leiting said. "Trent conducted his flight training with the Ozark Aviators Flying Club, a club formed by the members of EAA Chapter 1218. To have the first Ray scholar to complete their flight training follow this pathway is outstanding, and should be a model for other chapters to follow."

Trent was awarded his EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship in March and has been working toward his certificate under the instruction of Mike Ennis and James Ennis. Trent graduated high school this spring and will be pursuing a career in aviation while attending College of the Ozarks and playing basketball.

Chapter President Tom White said Trent's rapid progression through his training was facilitated by a strong work ethic and support from family, his mentor (Glenda Ennis), and Chapter 1218 members. Trent accomplished his solo flight on April 26, the FAA knowledge test on June 14, and his practical test on June 27.

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