New president for Bremerton Pilots Association

James D. (Jim) Posner has been elected president of the Bremerton Pilots Association in Washington state.

Taking over the post from Don Dicksion, Posner has been a private pilot since 1966, earning his instrument rating in 1975. He owns a Beechcraft Bonanza. Jim’s professional career was as a principal of an information technology consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco with branches in New York City, Los Angeles and Houston.

The Bremerton Pilots Association is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year in May. Its membership is comprised of private and corporate pilots, friends of aviation and members of aviation related organizations who are based at Bremerton National Airport (PWT) or who frequent the facility. The association has many activities and is actively involved with the airport management and the Port of Bremerton to help ensure the safe and efficient use of the airport, according to officials. Bremerton National Airport, according to a recent study, contributes approximately $15 million per year and over 234 jobs to the local and state economies.

The association created and administers a Youth Aviation Scholarship program that assists young adults from 16 to 20 to earn their pilot licenses and encourages them to seek a career in aviation. The scholarship provides up to $3,500 to individuals which, along with a similar amount of matching funds provided by the applicant, is typically enough to fund their entire training program. The Port of Bremerton, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 406, and Avian Flight Center contribute funds to the scholarship. Additional funding is raised at an annual auction, as well as other aviation related events throughout the year.

The Bremerton Pilots Association is a chapter of the Washington Pilots Association that includes 20 similar chapters throughout the state.

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