Shane Richardson

Jun 25, 2013   //   by admin   //   Scholarship Recipients  //  No Comments

Junior in Kansas State University Salina’s Professional Pilot program

Albuquerque, NM

Earning a paycheck for his wanderlust seemed like a good idea to Shane Richardson. And the best way to do that, he figured, was to become a pilot.

“The idea of getting paid to travel, which I love to do, appealed to me. It’s great being able to go somewhere fast and see the world from a different perspective. And I really like staying in hotels.”

As one may expect, Shane took the scenic route to K-State, starting out at Utah Valley University and making a stop at the University of New Mexico before finding his way to Kansas.

“A friend of mine knew the head of the aviation maintenance program here, so I came to visit to see what they had to offer and decided to stay.”

“The quality of this program is amazing. The fleet is well-maintained and it’s big enough to provide flexibility to the students allowing them to fly when they want.”

When he’s not flying, Shane is the safety officer for Flight Team, the historian for Women In Aviation, and a member of Alpha Eta Rho, all while working on his commercial rating and focusing on other classes.

“My dream job is to be a captain at Southwest Airlines or fly mid-size to large private aircraft for a company like NetJets. Being selected as a Burton Scholar is going to help me finish my commercial rating and start on my CFI, getting me closer to that dream job.”

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