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New Goal: The Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Building

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Project ended on February 28, at 11:59 PM EST
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New Goal: The Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Building

New Stretch Goal: $100,000! Help name the Flight Instructor building after Dick Samuels!

The initial goal of $50,000 to establish the Dick Samuels Scholarship has been reached! But you can still honor the most influential - and perhaps the most colorful - flight instructor at Embry-Riddle. If we raise a total of $100,000, the Flight Instructor building will be NAMED after Dick!

Collage of Dick SamuelsIf you were ever in an airplane with Dick Samuels, we are confident you've never forgotten it.  

While his style may have been colorful and perhaps unconventional at times, it most certainly served an important purpose. Dick taught us lessons in technique and safety that were both memorable and impactful.  His demand for excellence shaped his students into fine CFIs, flight team champions and unshakable pilots.  

Throughout 22 years with the U.S. Air Force and 22 years at Embry-Riddle in Prescott, Dick amassed over 14,000 hours of dual given.  Dick touched the lives of nearly every single pilot that walked through the flight line doors between 1979 and 2001. His influence and techniques continue with current instructor pilots who have been trained using the same methods he created years ago.  And flight team alumni now flying wide bodies to China or taildraggers in Alaska stay on centerline with the same discipline Dick demanded of us every Saturday morning during landing practice on 21R. 

In 1986, with Dick as their coach, the Golden Eagles won their first Regional Championship...and haven't lost since.  During Dick's coaching tenure, the team won three National Championships (1993, 1997, & 1999).  The techniques, motivation, and dedication that Dick instilled back then lives on in the team today, having earned seven additional National Championships.  

As flight team alumni and former students, we have established lead gifts to create flight instructor scholarships in Dick’s name that will support students pursuing an Air Science degree with a minor in Flight and taking coursework in flight instruction. The goal is to raise $100,000 to create an endowed fund so that his scholarship will forever help fund flight instruction education at Embry-Riddle.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to establish this endowed scholarship. If we can raise $100,000, the University has given its blessing to permanently name the Flight Instructor Offices, Building F6, as The Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Building on the Prescott Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Please give today to honor one of our greats who has touched the lives of generations of flight instructors and pilots.   

- Katie Pribyl ('00) and Jared Testa ('01)

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Student Pilot

The cost of 1-hour with a Flight Instructor


Flight Instructor

The cost of 1-hour in a Cessna 172


Chief Flight Instructor

The cost of 2-hours of flight training with an instructor.


Manger of Flight Standards

10 hours of flight with an Instructor - a substantial way towards meeting the requirement to become a Certified Flight Instructor



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