Lynn flight instructor and M.B.A student awarded NATA scholarship
Published Mar. 29, 2011
Joseph (Joe) Bommarito, a flight instructor at Lynn University's Burton D. Morgan School of Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) student with a specialization in aviation management, was recently awarded the 2010 National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Business Scholarship.
“The award is highly competitive,” said dean of Lynn’s School of Aeronautics, Jeffrey Johnson. “It’s a national award given once each year to the applicant deemed most appropriate by the NATA. Joe is the first Lynn M.B.A student to receive it.”
The annual NATA Business Scholarship was established for the continuing education of employees of NATA member companies. The applicants' studies must be directly related to furthering the skills applicable to working at an FBO, charter company, maintenance facility or flight school.
Bommarito earned his commercial and instrument flying ratings at Lynn’s School of Aeronautics and graduated with an aviation management degree in 2010. He is currently gaining piloting experience as a flight instructor in Lynn’s Flight Academy, and is continuing his education at Lynn to obtain his multi-engine instructor certificate, an airline transport pilot certificate. He is also gaining experience flying a Gulfstream GIV and uses it to teach his students in the classroom.
“I find flight instructing very rewarding because it allows me to time build flight hours and gain experience in different flight situations,” said Bommarito.
“He is an energetic, enthusiastic young man with a strong desire to become a corporate pilot and aviation professional,” wrote Johnson in Bommarito’s recommendation letter to NATA. “As a fighter pilot myself, I can see that Joseph has what it takes to take on this challenge and to attain the lofty goals he has set for himself. I hand-picked him to join our faculty when he finished his CFI/CFII training shortly after graduation based on his exceptional performance.”
Within the next 10 years, Bommarito aspires to become a corporate pilot.