Professional Pilot Career - 2022 Scholarship Winner
In anticipation of this year's Safety Day, WAA Scholarship Chair, Luke Egan, followed up with past scholarship winner, Edward Jimenez, to see what he has been up to since winning The WAA Professional Pilot Career Scholarship.
Below, Ed shares in his own words, his experiences and gratitude.
Flight training can be very challenging and very demanding but it can be very gratifying. In my lifetime, I can honestly say It was one of the most difficult endeavors I had to face. I had to work very hard and make a lot of sacrifices along the way. Looking back at the journey however I can appreciate all those adversities that have made me the person that I am today.
Throughput this process, I had to work three jobs that included working as a Flight Instructor, gig working as an Uber Driver, and grinding as a Line Service Technician for a Private Charter Company where my duties included washing, cleaning and handling their jets.
It was working for this company that they saw the hard work was I was putting in and the simultaneous time building I was completing as as a commercial pilot. In demonstrating in every action, I made it very clear that this is all ever wanted to do ever since I was a seven year old boy.
I was very fortunate and blessed that they saw the potential in me and offered me the opportunity. They invested in the training and got me type rated and today I am a First Officer in the Embraer 135 Legacy Super Mid-sized Corporate Jet.
I want to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation to thank you and everyone involved at the Westchester Aviation Association once again for your scholarship selection and believing in me. This milestone would not be possible without your recognition.
Thank you, thank you so very much!
Thank you Ed for your response. We are grateful to have made such an impact in your life, and look forward to following up again in years to come.
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