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Accelerating Possibilities Scholarship Recipients Announced


The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation is excited to announce the recipients of the Accelerating Possibilities scholarships that were offered in the amount of $2,000 each.

Ryan DeJong of Salt Lake, Utah and James (Jay) Bunning of Bend, OR, both demonstrated their commitment and dedication to becoming professional pilots through their application essays as well as from personal feedback from their instructors and other individuals that have close ties with their training.

Ryan completed his Associates Degree in Aviation Technology/Rotor Wing at Salt Lake Community College and does his flight training through Upper Limit Aviation. Ryan will be using this scholarship to help him complete the few hours he has remaining to obtain his Commercial Certificate and he will also be able to immediately start training for his CFI.

Jay completed his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation through Central Oregon Community College in Bend, OR and does his flight training at Leading Edge Aviation.  He will be using this scholarship to help him complete his CFI/II training and will then apply for an instructor position at Leading Edge. Jay is quite involved in his local aviation community and is currently the President of the Central Oregon Community College Aviation Club.

“Congratulations to both Ryan and Jay on being the recipients of the Accelerating Possibilities scholarship. The pool of applicants for these scholarships was incredible and I want to personally thank each and every one of the applicants. I look forward to our next round of scholarships and being introduced to even more incredible pilots and individuals,” Jesika Doty, President and Director of The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation.



Our Mission


The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation’s mission is to assist in advancing helicopter pilots to the next level in their training as well as making positive contributions to the aviation industry.


The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It was started in August of 2010 by Jesika Doty after the death of her husband Doug, a flight instructor, in a helicopter training accident. The foundation is dedicated to helping helicopter pilots pursue their dream of flying, keeping Doug's dream alive through them.

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."

Leonardo da Vinci


"The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? —it is the same the angels breathe".

Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886.





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