24-Jul-2012 Source: Upper Limit Aviation
Upper Limit Aviation (ULA) is proud to announce that our student, Ryan DeJong is the recipient ofÂ The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundationâ€™s Accelerating Possibilities Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to pilots that have demonstrated their commitment and dedication in becoming professional pilots. The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation is an organization that was founded by Jesika Doty in 2010 after the untimely passing of her husband and flight instructor, in a training accident. â€œThe foundation is dedicated to helping helicopter pilots pursue their dream of flying â€“ keeping Dougâ€™s dream alive through them.â€ The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation Website
Ryan grew up in Coalville, Utah and graduated from Salt Lake Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Technology/Rotorwing. In 2005, Ryan witnessed a medical evacuation performed by an Intermountain Life Flight helicopter, and decided that he wanted to pursue helicopter flight training. Five years later, he accomplished this dream by enrolling in the Professional Pilot Program at Upper Limit Aviation. â€œCongratulations! We are all proud of Ryan and all of our great students at Upper Limit Aviation. This achievement is proof of Ryanâ€™s hard work and perseverance.â€ Jason Davis, Chief Flight Instructor Upper Limit Aviation
Ryan enjoys flying in the Utah mountain ranges, and taking pictures to share with his family and friends. He is excited to begin his career as a helicopter pilot, and the opportunity to travel around the country. His goal is to pursue a flight career in Alaska and fly contract utility jobs. Ryan would also like the opportunity to pilot a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter after completing his flight training at Upper Limit Aviation. â€œRyan approaches flying as a challenge, but with great respect. He continually reminds me to enjoy flying.â€
Matt Tanzer CFI, Ryanâ€™s Flight Instructor
Ryan is the first pilot in his family, and is thankful for their continual support. He would like to personally thank his wife, Josie and their two daughters.Â â€œIâ€™m just an average guy, but if you want to chase your dreams, you can. I did!â€
For more information or to make a donation to The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, pleaseÂ visitÂ www.verticalflight.org.
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