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2017 Grant Application Procedures

If you are interested in applying for an aviation grant from the Western North Carolina Pilots Association Educational Foundation, Inc. (WNCPAEF), please consider the following information. 

Who is Eligible.
 You should live in western North Carolina, be at least 17 years of age, and have a keen, if not proven, interest in aviation.

Programs and Requirements

For 2017, the WNCPAEF is offering grants within three programs described below. These programs encompass a wide range of aviation opportunities and allow for a varying degree of aviation experience from applicants.

Program A: Pilot Certificate/Rating. You must show a serious pursuit of a pilot certificate or rating (e.g., recreational to airline transport pilot certificate, instrument rating, etc.). If you are seeking your first pilot certificate, you should have soloed an aircraft or passed a written test toward certification.

Program B: Pilot Familiarization. This is an alternative for those who have no or brief experience in aviation. Recipients of the program should pay for the first $500 of flight time and the WNCPAEF will provide a grant for the next $500 of flight time.

Program C: Aviation Mechanic or Avionics Repairman Certificate. You must demonstrate progress towards satisfying the requirements of the certificate you are seeking.

How to Apply.
 Submit a letter of application and two letters of reference (none from a family member) to Garry Handcock. Additionally, for Program A, one reference should be from a certified flight instructor familiar with your aviation interest and achievements. Your letter of application should be a maximum of two pages long, should not be handwritten, and should include the following information about you in this order:

  • U.S. Postal address, contact phone number, email address
  • currently a full time student? (Yes/No)
  • education
  • occupation
  • aviation objectives
  • a plan for completing those objectives
  • aviation accomplishments (for Programs A and C)
  • degree of commitment to aviation in western North Carolina 
  • community involvement 
  • explain, briefly, why financial assistance is needed 
  • any other information that might be of interest to the Selection Committee

Mail your application materials to:

Garry Hancock
116 Honey Locust Drive
Mills River, NC 28759

Applications must be received on or before Saturday, April 1, 2017. Please follow-up with an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your application materials. You may be contacted for an interview.

Review Considerations.
 The Selection Committee has an interest in applicants' financial needs and their commitment to western North Carolina aviation, but is not limited to these areas.