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. In addition, beginning in 2015, additional scholarships donated by John Garabedian, and by Cape Air, are being awarded

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.

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 2019 CAPA meeting. If you are a high school student or know any candidates who are pursuing an aviation career and would like to apply, you should download the application instructions by clicking here, and also the scholarship application form by clicking here. If you have any questions you may contact Jeff at

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 Cape Area Pilots Association presents the 2018 Careers in Aviation Scholarship Awards.  

Each year, the Cape Area Pilots Association (CAPA) presents scholarships to regional applicants studying for careers in aviation. CAPA is dedicated to the promotion of flight safety, increasing the local interest in aviation, and fostering the growth of those individuals interested in the vast field of aviation careers. These careers include maintenance, air traffic, aerodynamics, aviation operations specialists, airport management, flight standards specialists, and the related aviation sciences.

Our 2018 Scholarship Awards Meeting was held on June 6th at Rectrix Aviation Center in Hyannis. It was attended by an enormous group of members and this year’s four CAPA scholarship recipients and their parents. This year through the memberships efforts we were able to award two Red Beach scholarships for $2,000 each.

The recipients of our 2018 scholarships are:

Daniel Kelly                        Wellfleet                            John Garabedian Scholarship        $2,500

Colton Lubbe                     East Falmouth                   Red Beach Scholarship                   $2,000

Richard Smith                    North Chatham                 Red Beach Scholarship                   $2,000

Maureen Murphy              Bridgewater                       CapeAir Scholarship                        $1,500

2018 Scholarship Winners


Left to right: President John Garabedian,Scholarship Chairman Dr. Jeff Bauer, Daniel Kelly, Maureen Murphy, Richard Smith, Colton Lubbe

Thank you all that 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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