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New Goal: The Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Building

Raised toward our $100,000 Goal
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Project ended on February 28, at 11:59 PM EST
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January 12, 2018

Great News!  Due to your gracious support, we’ve reached our goal of raising $100,000 for the Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Scholarship.  Your donation will ensure that Dick’s legacy as a Flight Instructor lives on in perpetuity by awarding worthy students scholarships to be used in attaining a Flight Instructor Certificate.  In addition to the scholarship, the university will be dedicating the flight instructor building at the Flight Line as the “Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Building”.


A dedication ceremony in honor of Dick will be held on Friday, February 23rd at 3pm, in conjunction with the Golden Eagles Flight Team reunion weekend.  Dick and Mary are planning to attend and we truly hope to see you there! Dick will be blown away to see so many of his former students and team members and we really want to make this a special weekend for them.


More information can be found at  If you’re an alumnus of the Golden Eagles, please feel free to join in the reunion events.


Thank you for your support and we looking forward to seeing you in Prescott!


Jared Testa (01’PC), Katie Pribyl (00’PC)

Golden Eagles Flight Team - 11th-time National Champions!

May 16, 2017


What an amazing day! As some of you may already know, our Golden Eagles Flight Team just won their 11th National Championship at NIFA SAFECON in Columbus, Ohio, competing with the top university teams in the nation this week. As you can imagine the team is ecstatic with their victory and happy that all their hard work and sacrifices paid off big time. As always, this was an incredible team effort, and they are very appreciative of the continuous support that they receive from the you all, the Flight Department, College of Aviation, Campus and University.


Here are the overall results:

1st place: ERAU-Prescott with 500 points

2nd place: University of North Dakota with 400 points

3rd place: Southern Illinois University with 361 points

Our team captured 1st place in Ground Events as well as 1st place in Flying Events. Numerous individual awards, including Top Scoring Contestant Award and National Top Pilot Award both earned by team captain Nick Moore. Keep an eye for additional details to come through campus media and others. 

Plans to honor Dick Samuels continues!  This will also honor the Golden Eagles Flight Team past and present and future by reaching our final goal of $100,000 to support flight instructor scholarships.  With this goal we will be putting his name on a building: The Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Building.

Please continue spreading the word!  We can't wait to have a celebration when we reach our goal, during Octoberwest 2017, with your help!!!

We will keep you posted through the campus facebook page for team's the arrival of the flyers back to PRC later in the week. Please come out to the Flight Line to greet them and celebrate their amazing victory!

Go Eagles!

-Katie and Jared

Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Scholarship Established!

December 01, 2016

Hello everyone,

Congratulations! Thanks to you, we’ve made it to our first goal of $50k!!! The Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Scholarship will now forever be endowed on the Prescott Campus and students looking to become flight instructors will be funded each year. 

But our work to help future generations of pilots is not done yet.  Our next goal is to name the Flight Instructor building!

With your help, we can reach our second goal of $100,000 and honor Dick by putting his name on a building: The Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Building.

Already made a gift?  We can still use your help by spreading the word about this campaign to honor our friend and mentor, Dick Samuels! Share it with your friends, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, whatever you can do to reach out to your fellow pilots, fellow alums,  and anyone who has flown under Dick Samuels or wants to support flight instructor training.  We would really appreciate it!

Thank you for your support!  Let's get this done so we can have a big party at OctoberWest this year!

-Katie and Jared

Over $20,000!

May 26, 2016

Thanks to very generous donors, we are now over $20,000!   Only 30 days left to reach our $50,000 goal.  

We also wanted to let you know there are additional payment options should you decide to make a gift to the Dick Samuels Flight Instructor Scholarship at Embry-Riddle. You can make an immediate gift online via the “Support Us” button or make a multi-year pledge.  Embry-Riddle will accept gifts to honor Dick Samuels pledged up to 5 years.  And the entire pledge amount is counted towards the $100,000 goal right now!  

Contact Steve Bobinsky at or call 928-777-4210 to explore pledged gifts or other avenues to support our efforts.

Thanks again for your contributions and generosity!  

- Jared and Katie


Golden Eagles Flight Team Success

May 17, 2016

I had the pleasure to be at The Ohio State University on Saturday night when the Golden Eagles we're announced as the 2016 National Champs, securing Embry-Riddle Prescott's 10th National Championship.

That whole evening I kept thinking back to the early pictures and stories of the team that many of you have shared over the years.  The team wouldn't be the perennial contender it is without the effort and dedication Dick poured into the team over his 20+ years are ERAU-P.  The skill's, traits, and attitudes he instilled in us back then are found at the core of team's recent success, some 15 years after Dick's retirement.  

Congrats to the Golden Eagles, and keep up the strong work!

Also, a hearty THANK YOU to those of you who have donated to this campaign!  We've raised $3500 since the campaign went live last Friday!  Please keep spreading the word!  I can't wait to have a celebration when we reach our goal!

Choose a giving level


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



If you would like to discuss further giving options please contact Steve Bobinsky at