Renato Simone had a true passion for flying and all that surrounds it. He loved to help young students (and old) to truly love flying. However, Renato passed away at the early age of 58 in an airplane accident.

Renato's wife, Nina, has created a scholarship fund to award $1,500 Flight Training Scholarships to qualified applicants that show a passion for flight and the ambition to pursue furthering their aviation skills. The scholarship offers $1,500 to assist a student pilot toward completion of an initial pilot certificate, in any aircraft. Included in the scholarships is a one-year membership to the Aircraft Owner's and Pilot Association (AOPA).

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be serious about flying to complete their training for their certificate or training
  • Be at least 17 years old, US citizen
  • Training will be based out of Buchanan Field Airport (CCR)
  • Hold a student pilot certificate and must have soloed
  • Proficient in English
  • Have current medical certificate (meets new Basic Med requirement when applicable)
  • Be present at the Aware Presentation to receive the scholarship (firm requirement)

Application process:

For further information contact Rod Mickels at 510-813-0369 or email at: [email protected]