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

CAPE PILOTS AWARD 2010 SCHOLARSHIPS (2011-2014 scholarship winners will be posted SOON)

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

Three local 2010 high school graduates were presented college scholarships last night by the Cape Area Pilots Association (“CAPA”) at their monthly meeting at Cape Cod Community College.   Each was selected for excellence, and all three are attending colleges to pursue careers in aviation.  Two are from Harwich High School, and one from Barnstable High School.

CAPA scholarship chairman Gary Street of East Falmouth commented on the outstanding character and achievements of the three winners, all of whom have excelled in and out of school in their local communities.   “These kids are role models for their generation, and their parents must be extremely proud of them,” said Street. 

Scholarship winners are:

David McWilliams, a 2010 graduate of Harwich High School, who attained the second highest math SAT score in his class, was a three sport athlete (hockey, football, and track captain, and is soon to be an Eagle Scout.  McWilliams will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to major in Aerospace Engineering.

Nell O’Connor, also a 2010 graduate of Harwich High School, who was an outstanding athlete in softball and field hockey, was first place pitcher statewide and led in the state in scoring with 42 goals and 18 assists.  She started glider lessons at Cape Cod Airfield in Marstons Mills at age 13, soloed at 14, and wants to be a fighter pilot. O’Connor will be attending Endicott College in Beverly,

Jared Power-Spirlet is a 2010 graduate of Barnstable High School, on the swim team and football team who started flying lessons at age 15 at Hyannis and Chatham airports.  He started the Save the Food Club, distributing leftover fresh food from the school lunch programs to soup kitchens of Cape Cod.  Power-Spirlet will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.

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


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