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How do you become a pilot?

The journey to becoming a pilot is an exhilarating and rewarding endeavor. Friends of Albert Whitted Airport is passionate about fostering the next generation of aviators. In this guide, we’ll take you through some of the essential steps and milestones on the path to earning your wings and becoming a pilot.

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Kathryn Bremer

Meet Friends of AWA flight scholarship recipient Kathryn Bremer

Twenty-one-year-old Kathryn Bremer moved to St. Petersburg from Key West, Florida, last year to pursue her dreams of becoming an airline pilot, learning to fly at Albert Whitted Airport’s flight school, St. Pete Air.

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Julie and Bruce

“Our winter haven is St. Pete and our home base is Albert Whitted. We usually fly our Cirus SR22 down for the winter for the convenience of flying back to Michigan when needed and enjoying day trips around Florida.

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Nathan Van Coops

Nathan Van Coops, accompanied by his loyal pup Atticus, is a well-known and friendly face around the field at Albert Whitted Airport. You can find him flying around in his 1957 Cessna 172 or tinkering with various aircraft parts in his hangar. Influenced by his pilot grandfather and artist mother, Nathan is a passionate aviator and imaginative writer. Read More

Patrick O’Brian

“Albert Whitted Airport (AWA) holds a special place in my aviation life. After not flying for 25 years, I stopped by the flight school and began flying again and have now tripled my flight time to 3,000 hours.

While AWA is such a magical place to fly and I enjoy every minute, my focus is on providing an environment where the younger generation can learn to fly and graduate to a career in aviation.”

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