Connor Burton, a retired American Airlines Captain, died in June 2008, at the age of 54.  To honor his love of flying, his family set up a foundation to help aspiring pilots pursue their dream of flying. Kansas State University’s College of Technology and Aviation in Salina, Kansas was a natural choice.

There are three primary goals for the Foundation:

  • Provide scholarships for aviation students
  • Encourage, evangelize, and enable an aviation career for young  people
  • Help K-State build a premier program, ultimately improving overall aviation safety

The Connor Burton Aviation Foundation has awarded numerous scholarships of $5000/year for three qualified juniors and seniors per year.  These scholarships include “mentoring” and attempt to give the students a fast-start to their career.  In addition, the foundation has now initiated a Summer Program, providing funds for pilots to achieve ratings during the summer.   More than 50 pilots have benefited from this program in 2011 and 2012.

The funding is also used to subsidize student flying time, sponsor attendance at flying competitions and air races, sponsor a Speaker Series, and support other flying activities intended to upgrade students’ experience and improve their pilot capabilities. Click for or more information on Student Programs and the life and aviation career or Connor Burton.