HAWK balloon glow at 26 & H Roads in Grand Junction, CO where Christmas light viewer traffic was streaming by, and stopping to watch. The balloons belong to Erik Cornelison. HAWK students and mentors assisted as crew.
Today marks a big event for HAWK. Britton is the first student to receive his Private Glider Pilot’s Certificate through the HAWK glider program.
We have a new Private Pilot, Samuel R., 17 years old, EAA/Ray scholarship awardee. Great and wonderful news
Bruce Erickson, Instructor
About the EAA/Ray Scholarships:
The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a program funded by the Ray Foundation, managed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (national) and administered through the EAA Chapter network. This program provides up to $10,000 to deserving youths for their flight training expenses. Samuel is the latest to complete his private pilots certificate training under the program.
Britton is the grandson of the late founder of Hawk, Eddie Clements.
The Balloon Glow
This year our OSH trip was very much like everyone out there’s crazy year. Our Cherokee came due for an engine change and wasn’t able to fly to OSH and at the last minute our pipistrel motor glider had an oil pressure sensor failure so it couldn’t fly to AirVenture either. Everyone traveled by ground. The one highlight was our hot air balloon was able to make it and was able to do the Night Glow display on Friday evening. Thanks to Eric Cornelison our Balloon guy. He is carrying on the Balloon tradition of our late founder Eddie Clements. It is an all hands on deck participation of youth and adults. We received many positive comments especially when people found out we were a Youth Aviation group. It was a great week with I believe 12 youth from HAWK Aviators and the HAWK adults and some parents of the youth also.
Bruce Erickson, CFI
HAWK Leaders at AirVenture 2021:
Britton’s Photos from AirVenture 2021:
Other AirVenture 2021 Links:
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021: Facts and Figures for an Outstanding Year, https://www.eaa.org/eaa/about-eaa/eaa-media-room/airventure-news-releases/2021-08-03-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2021-facts-and-figures-for-an-outstanding-year
EAA AirVenture, https://www.eaa.org/airventure
AirVenture Highlights, https://www.eaa.org/airventure/features-and-attractions/airventure-highlights
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, https://www.eaa.org/airventure/eaa-airventure-news-and-multimedia/eaa-airventure-news/eaa-airventure-oshkosh?
WarBirdsNews, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 – A Look Back at the Final Stats and Figures, August 4, 2021, https://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2021-a-look-back-at-the-final-stats-and-figures.html
EAA AirVenture 2021 Google Image Search, https://www.google.com/search?q=airventure+2021
EAA AirVenture 2021 Gallery, Flying Magazine, https://www.flyingmag.com/story/photos/eaa-airventure-2021-photo-gallery/
Best of OSH21, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, https://www.flickr.com/photos/eaaairventureoshkosh/sets/72157719705128132/
EAA The Spirit of Aviation, https://www.facebook.com/EAA/
Above Photos Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer