Red BeachThe Red Beach Scholarship Fund, named for the late CAPA co-founder & Chatham flight instructor Red Beach (pictured), provides annual scholarships to aviation students.

Scholarship fund chairman Jeff Bauer and his committee are currently in the process of reviewing candidates for this year's awards, which will be presented at the June CAPA meeting. If you are a high school student or know any candidates who are pursuing an aviation career and would like to apply, they should contact Jeff at once at Stay tuned for further details about our 2015 scholarship presentations.

The scholarship is named after "Red" Beach", a well-loved Chatham flight instructor who was killed in a tragic seaplane accident on Lake Winnipesaukee over a decade ago when the engine failed at low altitude.  "Red" Beach earned his pilot's license before he received a drivers license.

To make contributions or donations to our Red Beach Scholarship Fund please contact us here or you can write us at the following address:


Cape Cod Pilots Association • PO Box 3005 • Waquoit • MA • 02536-3005

The below article was contributed by Jeff Bauer with photos by Rene Haas. 
The June 3rd 2015 meeting was not only attended by an enormous group of members, but four very special guests: this year's CAPA scholarship recipients. This year, through the memberships efforts, we were not only able to award more scholarships but increased the awards for the Red Beach scholarships from $1,000 to $2,000 and awarded two Red Beach scholarships for the first time. All four winners have a heart felt interest in aviation and two will be starting their aviation education next year at two of the countries leading aviation institutions.
The recipients of our 2015 scholarships were;
Benjamin FretschiHalsey Aguiar is winner of the Cape Air Scholarship for $3,000. He is attending Nantucket High School in the honors program. He will be attending Embry Riddle in the fall, with his sights set on becoming a commercial pilot and majoring in air traffic control management. His award was presented to him by Bob Shore chief pilot for Cape Air. 
Brian AndersonAfter presenting the award Bob informed the group about how important these scholarships really are not just to the recipients, but the industry as a whole. Bob discussed the tremendous shortage of pilots available to the airlines. He attributed this to a decrease in pilots coming from the military and the lack of involvement at the civil level. He congratulated the students and CAPA for our continued efforts in providing quality pilots to the industry. 
Bob Shore
Brian Anderson winner of the John Garabedian Scholarship for $2,500. He lives in Bourne and graduated Bourne High School. Brian works for Alpha One Flying at Plymouth Airport part time. He is presently attending Bridgewater State University to attain a degree in aviation management. 
Halsey AguiarKyle Ouellette winner of a Red Beach Scholarship for $2,000. Originally from Mashpee. He is currently attending Emery Riddle University. His goal is to become a pilot for one of the major American carriers. Kyle continues to perform at a very high level and has received several CAPA scholarships over the years. Kyle has just received his medical back from the FAA after recovering from a severe automobile accident. We wish him well. 
Kyle OuelletteBenjamin Fretschi is the winner of our second Red Beach Scholarship for $2,000. He is currently a senior at Bourne High school and will be attending Bridgewater State University in the fall. His career objective is to become a commercial pilot and fly for a major airline.
Thanks to all of  you who have helped make these awards possible. It is only through the generosity of our members who have donated funds when renewing their membership, and through our raffles, that many of these awards are possible. If you would like to start a scholarship in your name or the name of someone you would like to honor, please contact Dr. Jeff Bauer, our Scholarship chairman, at

The Cape Area Pilot’s Association, Inc. is a group of 122 Cape pilots organized to promote aviation safety and education and meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable.  It was originally organized in 1995 as the Chatham Airport Pilot’s Association and soon expended to encompass aviation and membership at the Cape’s ten airports.  Their web site is  New members are welcome, and the only requirement for membership is a love for aviation.



Past Scholarship Winners

Christina Satcher Connor McCarthy Dan Kinchla Johnathan Beach Mel Rego Vince Donnelly
David McWilliam explains how he fell in love with aviation as a young boy, building over 100 model aircraft.  he demonstrated a miniature propellor he carved spinning on an electric motor. Chairman Gary Street congratulates Harwich graduate Nell O'Connor.  She soloed a glider at Cape Cod Airfield at age 14. Barnstable High graduate Jared Power-Spirlet describes his excitement visiting Logan Airport's observation deck on the roof of terminal "A".
David McWilliams Nell


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