Luke Nunez, a member of Squadron 534, recently earned his Private Pilot License. He was a Ray Aviation Scholar from EAA Chapter 534.

Article and Photos by Ted Luebbers

Luke Nunez recently passed his check ride and received his Private Pilot’s License from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Luke has been involved with the Experimental Aviation Association Mid Florida Chapter 534 for four years.

While a member of the aviation youth group, Squadron 534, he progressed steadily from Young Eagle to Ray Aviation Scholar and now has his Private Pilot License.

Luke was the fifth Ray Scholarship recipient for Chapter 534. 

Luke Nunez, a member of Squadron 534, recently earned his Private Pilot License. He was a Ray Aviation Scholar from EAA Chapter 534.

During his time in Squadron 534 he has been active in their program about aerodynamics, working with chapter mentors repairing and building aircraft projects.

He does not intend to stop learning and is currently working on his Instrument Flight Rule rating at Sunair in Leesburg where he took his flight training. He has also landed a full-time job working at the Fixed Base Operations ( FBO ) run by Sunair Aviation.

 He looks forward to a career as an airline pilot, which will require even more advanced ratings and flying hours before earning the coveted Airline Transport Certificate. This will become his lifelong vocation born of an insatiable interest in wanting to fly.

Luke participated in several aircraft repair and building projects with chapter mentors.

Luke also wants to get experience flying some of the older Warbirds he sees flying in and out of the Leesburg International Airport.

Many pilots say getting a Private Pilot License is really a license to continue studies in aeronautics. This is very true if you plan to continue flying as a career, or even if you plan to fly recreationally.

EAA Chapter 534 has recently been approved by their national organization to name a new Ray Aviation Scholar for 2024.

While a member of EAA Chapter 534’s Squadron 534 he instructed Young Eagles on how to preflight an aircraft.

The Ray Aviation Scholarships are a financial grant of $11,000 to help young people pay for their initial flight training at a flight school of their choice. The grant is supported by The Ray Foundation, managed by EAA National but administered through qualified local EAA Chapters.

EAA Chapter 534 is proud to play a part helping young people realize their dream to fly.

He has an interest in learning to fly some of the Warbirds like this T-28.

If you are the parent of a child who looks to the sky every time a plane flies over and seems to have an above-average interest in aviation, you might want to get them hooked up with your local EAA Chapter.

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