by Ward Mullens, Published June 22, 2011
YPSILANTI - The career of Alyssa "Izzy" Novak, a part time flight instructor at Eastern Michigan University's Eagle Flight Center, is taking off.
Novak, who graduated from EMU this spring, has won the Frank P. Macartney Foundation Scholarship for Citation II Type Training. The award, given by Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) in conjunction with Flight Safety International in Toledo, is presented to one person each year and represents a scholarship of $15,000.
ADI, located in Waterford, is a corporate aviation service provider with technical capabilities in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of both regional and business aircraft.
Novak is the second EMU graduate to receive the honor. Chris Sorenson, Novak's supervisor, won the award last year.
"It is a great honor to have won this," said Novak, 21, of Ann Arbor. "This will really help my career. It gives me a lot more options."
"Izzy stands out at EMU Aviation because of her dedication and involvement
in the program," Sorenson said. "She is one of the faces everyone knows, and associates
with being a hard worker. This scholarship will be a terrific resume builder as well as great chance to have some fun!"
Novak will go through two weeks of training, including 80 hours of ground work, time in a simulator and a Federal Aviation Administration practical test.
She had to apply for the award and write a one-page paper about why she deserved the honor.
"I wrote about how hard I have worked throughout my EMU career. I have finished all of my ratings and certifications. I have given up all of my Friday nights to study," she said.
Ultimately, Novak said she would like to become an airline pilot and fly a Boeing 777.
"There are a lot of different routes fight instructors can take to get into the business. This award will help to show companies that I can complete an advanced jet course similar to their operation," she said.
The FPM Foundation was established in 1997 by the employees of Aerodynamics Inc. in honor of Frank Macartney, ADI's founder.
For information about Eagle Flight Center, go to http://www.emuaviation.com