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.

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

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 Cape Area Pilots Association presents the 2016 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.

The 2016 scholarship recipients are:

 Daniel Kelly - winner of a generous scholarship presented by Cape Air for $3,000. Daniel lives in Wellfleet and attends Nauset Regional High School. He will be graduating this spring. He plans to attend Bridgewater State University where he will study aviation science. Daniel has plans to become a commercial pilot. He wants to intern with Cape Air as a First Officer and eventually become a Cape Air Captain. His inspiration and desire to fly stems from his grandfather, a World War Two fighter pilot.

Connor Torpey - winner of the John Garabedian Scholarship for $2,500. Lives in Bourne. He is currently attending Bourne High School and will be graduating this spring. He will be attending the United States Coast Guard AIM program this summer. The program is designed to immerse individuals in the traditions of Coast Guard cadet life. Connor's goal is to become a military or medical pilot as is his father.

 Evan Eldridge -  is the winner of a Red Beach scholarship for $2,000. Evan lives in Harwich Port. He attends Monomy Regional high school. Evan will be taking the new maintenance program offered by Cape Cod Community College in the fall. Then he will transfer to Bridgewater State University to earn a bachelor's degree in Aviation Science. He will use his maintenance training to help fund his desire to become a commercial pilot. 

Halsey Aguiar - is the winner of another Red Beach scholarship for $2,000. Halsey lives in Nantucket. He is presently attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at their Florida campus as a freshman. He interned at Nantucket Airport and was introduced to flying taking Cessna 402s back and forth to the island. This is the second time he has been awarded a Cape Area Pilot's Career in Aviation Scholarship resulting from his high academic performance.

 Brian Anderson -  is our third winner of a Red Beach scholarship for $2,000. Brian lives in Bourne and attended Bourne high school. He now attends Bridgewater State University as a sophomore taking Aviation Management. He has spent several years working at Alpha One a flying school at Plymouth Municipal airport. His goal is to become a commercial pilot. He has also received a CAPA Scholarship in the past and is using it to help finance his aviation education. We at CAPA salute and congratulate all our scholarship winners!

2016 Scholarship Winners

Left to right: FAA deputy administrator Todd Friedenberg, Halsey Aguiar, Brian Anderson, Connor Torpey, Daniel Kelly, and Evan Eldridge


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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