HAYWARD, Calif. — The Hayward Air Rally has selected two teenagers to receive fully-paid scholarships, including tuition and roundtrip airfare, to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) Advanced Air Academy summer 2016 program.
In partnership with local chapters of the EAA, the Hayward Air Rally chose David Serate of Reno, Nevada, a student at The Davidson Academy, and Aum Kalia of Redding, Calif., a junior at University Preparatory School.
“With the generous support of the City of Hayward, our industry partners and sponsors, and participating Rally pilots and crew, we are pleased to continue our scholarship program this year and offer this opportunity to these outstanding youth at two of the airports to be visited on the rally,” said Chris Verbil of the Hayward Air Rally Committee. “As part of our non-profit mission, it is important to help seed the next generation of aerospace industry professionals, aircraft pilots, and aviation enthusiasts.”
The Air Academy is an in-residence summer camp for students to develop and explore their interest in aviation. The Academy camps provide the foundation for a life-long love of aviation as well as the opportunity to create friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts.
The annual Air Rally is staged by the Hayward Air Rally, Inc., a not-for profit public benefit corporation and charitable organization with IRS 501(c3) status. Originally conceived by the City of Hayward’s mayor in 1964, the Air Rally’s primary charter is to enhance general aviation safety by encouraging pilots to stay proficient in basic flight and fuel management techniques.
The 52nd annual Air Rally will be conducted June 23-25, 2016, originating at the Hayward Executive Airport and continuing over a challenging and competitive route through Redding, Calif., with a destination of Reno.