New pilot wins Sporty’s Pilot Training+ Scholarship — General Aviation News


While Greg Webber has spent a career in and around aviation working in firefighting, crew scheduling, operations, and more, he didn’t like the thought of the flight deck taking him away from his family. While not new to aviation, he says he is now at a point where he can make his dream of becoming a pilot a reality.

“In a sense, I never caught the aviation bug because I’ve been around aviation my entire life and always loved airplanes,” explained Webber, the recipient of Sporty’s latest $2,500 flight training scholarship through his membership in Sporty’s Pilot Training+ program.

Webber has a very specific goal of reaching 1,500 hours in less than 24 months, but with a focus on quality and diversity of training hours.

“I explored career training academies, but ultimately decided I wanted a CFI with a variety of flying experience and one who understood my goals,” said Webber. “I’m very fortunate to have found that instructor at my local airport.”

Webber, a resident of Nyssa, Oregon, is training with a local CFI at the Parma Airport (50S) in Parma, Idaho. He is more than halfway through his Sporty’s Private Pilot online training, but just a few hours into his journey in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

Beyond the Skyhawk, Webber intends to participate in glider and tailwheel flying and says he may explore seaplane flying in the future. He believes the diversity in his flying will make him a more well-rounded pilot.

Webber’s dream job after reaching 1,500 hours and earning his Airline Transport Pilot certificate is flying for SkyWest Airlines until the mandatory retirement age of 65. After that, he will explore other opportunities outside of airline flying, he says.

Sporty’s Pilot Training+ is an all-inclusive membership that unlocks Sporty’s library of video-based courses for one annual fee. Membership also includes the opportunity to apply for three $2,500 scholarships awarded annually.

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