The Flying Musicians Association Announced the 2018 FMA Solo Scholarship Recipients

John Laughman 2018 FMA Solo Recipient

June 14, 2018, Fort Worth, TX:  The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is proud to announce our 2018 FMA Solo scholarship recipients – John Laughman of Pleasant Hill, Ohio and Nathan Nothelle of Imlay City, Michigan.

Nominations from all across the United States and Canada made the selection difficult. John Zapp, co-founder and President of FMA, said, “Every nominee was spectacular, but we had to choose just two, and we are very proud of these enthusiastic, talented young people.”

Nathan Nothelle 2018 FMA Solo Recipient

The FMA Solo Scholarships are made possible by our sponsors, donors, and members’ donating their time and talents; and through hosting FMA’s popularHangarJAMs. FMA has soloed six student musician Scholarship winners in three years.

Follow John and Nathan as they blog about their journey. Visit to congratulate and add your words of encouragement and wisdom.

2019 FMA Solo program kicks off in the fall.
This scholarship is unique, bringing an aspiring music student from zero time to solo. FMA covers roughly fifteen hours of dual instruction, online ground school, training materials, and additional products from sponsors. FMA envisioned and instituted this scholarship program because it recognizes the parallel skills involved in flying and performing music and wants to promote both areas of growth in our inspired and dedicated future leaders.

How many Solo Scholarships FMA can award is up to the aviation and music communities -- and you! Please contact

Country Music Star Aaron Tippin

“Flying and music are my two passions in life and the Flying Musicians have put both of those together for a great cause. I believe educating the next generation is so important for music and aviation to continue on." – Aaron Tippin

“My wife and I want to help where we can and so we decided to sponsor an FMA scholarship ourselves through the Auen O’Shea Family Fund. Music and aviation are deeply rooted in our family and combining the two through FMA is a worthwhile endeavor. We encourage others to do the same. Visit the FMA website and get inspired yourself, or better yet meet one or more of these impressive young adults. Consider sponsoring a scholarship. It won’t break the bank, and it provides a valuable boost for deserving applicants.”- Jeff Auen

Our sponsors are doing their part. Thank them. Join them.
Bose Aviation, Sporty’s Pilot Shop, MYGOFLIGHT, and Gleim Aviation have contributed. FMA also acknowledges Aviators Hot Line, Trade-A-Plane, AviNation, Sensenich Propellers, and for their extensive help in raising awareness of FMA programs.

About the Flying Musicians Association, Inc.:|
The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation (EIN: 80-0433326) of pilots who are musicians, spanning the globe, proficiency levels, and genres. The goal is to share our passions in order to inspire, educate, and encourage through performances, presentations, networking, and scholarships.

Donate or arrange a bequest. If you believe in the joys of music and flying, and the future, there is no better way to make a lasting difference. We’re doing it together, one student at a time.
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