Flying Musicians 2022 Scholarship Nominations Open

The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) recognizes the correlation between hard work and skill required by both learning to fly and learning music — practice, precision, working with others, multitasking, and ultimately performance — and to that end, has opened the floor to nominations for the eighth year to passionate student musicians for the 2022 FMA Solo program. The program has averaged two scholarships per year in the first seven years while welcoming hundreds of student members into the FMA network.

The 2022 FMA Solo Scholarship Program is open for nominations from music teachers and directors. This scholarship is unique, assisting an aspiring flight student from zero time to solo. FMA is excited to enter the eighth year of this scholarship program because of the impact it has on the student, the community, aviation, and music.

The Flying Musician Association scholarship award winner from 2021 was Shaylene Abrey-Webster.

Nominations are being accepted now through January 31, 2022. Candidates must be a junior or senior high school music student with a passion for music and aviation. All nominees will receive a sponsored FMA student membership, including an FMA shirt and other items donated by FMA members and sponsors. Those who remain engaged in the FMA network are also aided in many ways.

FMA President and CEO John Zapp said, “FMA members love assisting others who share our passions of flying and music. To be able to assist and watch our student members grow through aviation and music while inspiring others is such a rewarding experience.”

“The program has assisted many students who remain engaged,” Zapp noted. “There are now many additional private pilots that have come from this program. We are also looking for those in the aviation and music industry who want to jump on the FMA Bandwagon to be a part of this opportunity to grow future musicians, pilots, and leaders …the right way.”

“I used to be in the band and also drum corps and I feel it made me a more focused and better person. I feel it helped me become the President and CEO of Sporty’s,” —Michael Wolf.

Our sponsors are doing their part. Thank them. Join them.

Bose Aviation, Sporty’s Pilot Shop, MYGOFLIGHT, Gleim Aviation, Hartzell Propeller, ForeFlight. Honda Power Equipment, Sensenich Propeller, and the AeroShell Flight Team.  FMA also acknowledges Trade-A-Plane, AviNation, AVweb, byDanJohnson, AOPA, EAA, and many others for their extensive help in raising awareness for these and other FMA programs.

To sponsor a student pilot or hold a HangarJam or Concert, either at your event/venue or as a standalone event, please contact FMA at