Wipaire Scholarship Winners Complete Their Seaplane Training

Scholarship Winners

2016 Scholarship Winners Complete Their Seaplane Training; find out more about their stories.

Scholarship Winners

“Freedom to Explore” medallion – Image courtesy of Wipaire

Wipaire has announced today that all of their 2016 scholarship winners have now successfully completed their seaplane training. Take a look at the news release below to find out more about each recipient’s story.

We are pleased to share that all of our 2016 Ben Wiplinger Memorial Seaplane Scholarship winner have all completed their seaplane training. Wipaire is proud to help these fine pilots expand their horizons and work toward fulfilling the dream of becoming a seaplane rated pilot.

Our 2017 scholarship winners will be announced soon! Until then, check out what our 2016 recipients have been up to.

Colin Fink

Scholarship Winners

Colin Fink – Image courtesy of Wipaire

“I finished my float endorsement on Saturday evening on this Maule M7 with Alpine Aviation in Whitehorse, Yukon. It was a phenomenal experience and I can’t wait to make a career out of it! Thank you guys so much for helping make a dream come true! I learned a ton about landing on mountain lakes and rivers as well as being in the mountains.”


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Dawn Cook – Image courtesy of Wipaire

Dawn Cook

“I was able to complete my commercial SES rating this summer. It was an exciting adventure and a great learning experience on the water. Flying floats is an amazing opportunity for anyone and I encourage you to try. It was my determination, my family’s support, my instructor’s enthusiasm, and I can’t thank Wipaire enough for their support in making my dreams reality! I can’t wait until I am able to teach others how to fly floats!”


Dr. Kimberly Kanapeckas

Scholarship Winners

Dr. Kimberly Kanapeckas – Image courtesy of Wipaire

“For my initial float training, I flew a 7EC Aeronca Champ. Landing a seaplane gracefully is a thrill like no other, and in less than a full day flying, I became competent taking off and landing in turns and in confined areas. I negotiated currents on small rivers as well as shifting winds, and look forward to adding advanced skills to those I picked up this day on the lake to become a seasoned seaplane pilot. Wipaire provided me with an incomparable opportunity toward becoming a professional seaplane pilot. “

Kimberly’s day was made even more memorable by a surprise proposal from her boyfriend, who was also working on his seaplane rating that day.

Below you’ll find a short video of Kimberly performing a take-off during her seaplane training.

Are you a newly rated seaplane pilot?

Wipaire be the first to welcome you to the seaplane community! As you have discovered, the seaplane pilot’s lifestyle is one of adventure and freedom. In celebration of this accomplishment, Wipaire extends the opportunity for you to receive a custom-engraved “Freedom to Explore” medallion.

Click Here to Claim Your Medallion!*
*Valid for ratings issued after May 23rd, 2012. While supplies last.

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