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PILOT BRIEFING
PEOPLE |

Paying it forward
Young CFIs grateful for free multiengine training
BY THOMAS B. HAINES

YOUNG FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS Jonathan
Gray and Zach Douglas received training
for their multiengine instrument ratings as
a gift from husband and wife instructors
Endre Holen and Stephanie Goetz.
" It really was unexpected, " said Gray
after earning the coveted rating. " But that's
kind of the beautiful thing about being
around here. "
" Here " is the Luke Weathers Flight
Academy at Mississippi's Olive Branch
Airport. The community-supported flight
school is an offshoot of the Organization
of Black Aerospace Professionals. OBAP
started the academy to provide flight, maintenance, and air traffic controller training
for students in the Memphis area, the
hometown of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col.
Luke Weathers. At the end of World War II,
Weathers became the first Black air traffic
controller at Memphis International Airport.
After earning his instructor rating at
the academy, Gray began instructing there
in single-engine airplanes, hoping to earn

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enough money to earn advanced ratings toward his goal of being an airline
pilot. Douglas followed a similar path.
Meanwhile, Goetz and Holen, recognizing the disparity in gender and
ethnic background in aviation, wanted
to make a difference and were considering giving financial scholarships to
students at the academy for multiengine ratings. " We really believe that
multiengine ratings are the gateway to
big pilot jobs, because, of course, to fly
most jets and to fly jets for the airlines
you have to have a twin or multiengine
rating, " Goetz said.
JONATHAN GRAY, Zach Douglas, and their CFI
While her husband has been an Endre Holen at Luke Weathers Academy
instructor for several years, Goetz in Mississippi.
earned her instructor and multiengine
instructor ratings earlier in 2020. Both fly a Cessna Citation and Piper Twin Comanche. The
couple flew the Piper from their home near Minneapolis to Olive Branch Airport to provide the training. " It was a fun plane to train them in because the Twin Comanche is known
for being a little tougher of the light twins to fly for training, " Goetz said. " And I thought
that that was helpful for them, because if they're going to be flying advanced aircraft and
they're going to be flying Citations or Gulfstreams or a Boeing...or an Airbus, they're going



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