Houston, TX – The Racing Aces, Dianna Stanger and Joyce Wilson who won the 2014 Air Race Classic awarded a $2,500 scholarship on Saturday, May 16th at the Southeast TX Fly-In to Yasmina Platt, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) Regional Manager of the Central Southwest Region.
The purpose of the Racing Aces Aviation Aces Scholarship for women is to provide funds to further the recipient’s pursuit of a career in aviation. The Racing Aces seek to empower women to contribute to the future of aviation through access to education.
Yasmina was born in the beautiful Canary Islands, Spain. Raised in Zaragoza, she has called the United States home for over ten years. Since childhood, she dreamed of becoming a pilot.
Platt is a commercial pilot with instrument, multi-engine land, single engine land and single engine sea ratings as well as a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFII and CFI). She enjoys teaching and sharing her love of flying with others. She especially likes to introduce flying to young people who, like her, have dreamed of becoming a pilot. Yasmina holds a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a M.S. in Transportation Planning and Management from Texas Southern University. She is also a Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
Her passion and commitment for aviation is evident in the number of professional credentials that she holds as well as the number of awards she has obtained. Her focus is aviation safety, outreach, research, education, and the promotion and protection of aviation.
Yasmina is truly enjoying her venture representing the Association in the Central Southwest Region covering NM, TX, LA, OK, AR, KS, MO, NE and IA. In this role, her mission is to build strong local General Aviation communities and strengthen AOPA’s relationships with state legislators, state aeronautics agencies, state aviation organizations, and other policymaking entities. In addition to representing AOPA member interests with state and local government officials, she hopes to stimulate and encourage greater involvement among pilots and aviation enthusiasts.
“Now I’m working on my next dream, to become a helicopter pilot, because I believe in bettering yourself,” Platt wrote in an essay which was apart of the entry requirements. “Looking further, learning more about other aspects of general aviation I have not yet explored, and challenging yourself within your limits and reach. Plus, you always hear that ‘a pilot is always learning.’ I agree with it and live by it.”
Platt is also an Adjunct Aviation Professor at Utah Valley University (UVU) having taught classes in aviation logistics, private pilot flying, business aviation, and aviation management. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband Jared, an airline pilot and GA supporter.
“It’s very important for our team to award these scholarships,” said Stanger. “The female pilot population is very low — only 6%! We’re doing our best to pay it forward and promote aviation. Yasmina is an excellent role model for any girl wanting to learn to fly. She is always willing to volunteer her time when we host aviation events.”
Each time the team wins a race another female pilot receives the benefits. Because winning isn’t everything — it’s just the beginning.
The team has awarded $12,500 in scholarships since 2012.