2015 Scholarship Winners Receive Their Ratings

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We’re pleased to share that all four of our 2015 Ben Wiplinger Memorial Seaplane Rating Scholarship winners are now seaplane pilots! From the east coast to Alaska, these new seaplane pilots have made us proud.

Sean Zottarelli flew a Cessna 172N on Wipline 2350 amphibious floats operated by the Wallkill River Seaplane School in Wallkill, New York. He earned his seaplane rating on August 31, 2015, and is working to get a seaplane flying job next year. Sean shared a video of his training with us as well. Click here to watch Sean’s video!

Willow Hetrick of Anchorage, Alaska, completed her seaplane training with Vern Kingsford of Alaska Float Ratings in Moose Pass, Alaska. She flew a Piper Super Cub on Wipline 2100 floats and passed her commercial single-engine sea checkride on September 5, 2015. Willow also provided us with an essay on her experience, which you can read below.

Steve Huggins traveled from Oregon to fly a Piper Super Cub with Kenmore Air Harbor in Kenmore, Washington. He passed his checkride on September 28, 2015, and hopes to provide seaplane instruction in the future.

Tim Fowler of Perham, Minnesota, passed his checkride on October 18, 2015, flying a Cessna 172 from Adventure Seaplanes in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Tim has agricultural flying experience and would like to couple this with his new seaplane rating to continue pursuing a flying career.

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