Award Designed To Help Helo Pilots Advance Their Careers
The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation and Hillsboro Aviation
are pleased to announce this years' recipient of the Doug Doty
Memorial Scholarship for Turbine Transition, Mr. Cordell Walker.
The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation teamed up with Hillsboro
Aviation to offer the non-profit foundation's first Bell 206B3
JetRanger Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to help
helicopter pilots advance to the next level in their training and
make positive contributions to the aviation industry.
The foundation said in a news release that the decision was
difficult as the finalists all exhibited strong qualities as pilots
as well as people. "The dedication and work ethic of these
finalists were outstanding and our selection committee, made up of
both members of DDVFF and Hillsboro Aviation as well as members of
the community not directly related to either organization, had some
tough decisions," the foundation said.
Currently, Cordell Walker is a CFI for Hillsboro Aviation in
Oregon, and through the scholarship application process,
Cordell set himself above the rest and showed that he truly is
dedicated to his dreams of flying, pursuing a life-long career as a
helicopter pilot and giving back to the community.
While a senior in high school, Walker received a $2,000 scholarship
to go towards his helicopter training. In April of 2008 Walker
received his Private Certification and started his Commercial
training. After he completed the Robinson Safety Course he went
back down to California to complete a Helicopter Police Pilot
Program with Blue Sky Aviation of Tulare, CA. During this program
he assisted in finding a missing child as well as provided
over-watch for high risk arrest warrants. From this training
and his assistance in finding a missing child, Walker was awarded a
Certificate of Appreciation for aerial search and assistance in
finding the autistic missing child.
After completing this program, he returned to Hillsboro Aviation to
finish his commercial training and received his commercial
certificate in March of 2009. He then started training for his CFI
and received this certification on September 10, 2009. Since
receiving his CFI rating he continued on at Hillsboro as a Flight
Line Service Technician until he was hired as a CFI in February
2010. He continues training students for Hillsboro Aviation as well
as working for their contract and charter department on various
jobs including agricultural work.
Making a difference in his community by eventually getting into law
enforcement, where he would like to pursue setting up a law
enforcement air unit in Washington County, is Walker's long-term
goal. Through this scholarship, we hope that this will give him the
edge to get to the next step in his training in turbine helicopters
and help him on his way in making a difference in his community and
following his passion.
The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation will be announcing
additional scholarships available for applications in the next
month. These scholarships will be open to all individuals meeting
the minimum requirements and may be used at their current training
facility, including international locations.