Tailwheels Etc flight school in Winter Haven, Fla., is offering one lucky high school student the chance to earn a private pilot’s license free. For the first time, the school is holding a nationwide scholarship competition and is offering its accelerated two-week private pilot course as the prize.
John Amundsen, the owner of Tailwheels Etc, stated, “Since aviation has given so much to my family over the years it only seemed right to give something back.”
The Tailwheels Etc. scholarship competition is aimed towards teenagers age 17 and up who have dreams of flying. With a 30-second YouTube video, submitted to a Facebook wall, these students will now have the chance to make that dream come true. The winner of the scholarship competition will receive everything necessary to gain a private pilot’s license, including books, instructor, flight time, and both the written and flight tests. The flight student will be housed in on-location accommodations for the two weeks of the course.
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John Amundsen, the owner of Tailwheels Etc., has a long history in aviation, including operating a flight school in Michigan, prior to opening Tailwheels Etc. in Florida. He was a line pilot, flying cargo planes for UPS, chief pilot for Classic Air Services and, together with his son Jonathan Amundsen, created the accelerated flight training program that allows students to obtain a private pilot’s license in two weeks. One of the school’s specialties is multi engine flight training in as little as two days, according to company officials.