Blue Sky Educational Foundation is deeply grateful for the generous support and thought leadership of the following individuals:
Betsy Chavez was born in Bermuda and went to high school in in the Azores. She has a B.S degree in computer science. She spent almost 9 years in the Air Force before resigning her commission when she and her husband Kino decided to start a family. She has served as chaperon for Ski Club, and sponsor for the Battle of the Books competions in Taos, NM. She loves to talk to people and thoroughly enjoys helping recruit students for flying programs.
Kino Chavez was born in Madrid, Spain. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.A. in Business Administration. He retired from the Air Force in 2000 after 20 years as a pilot. He flew T37s (The Tweet), F4Es (The Phantom), F4Gs (The Wild Weasel) and F16s (The Fighting Falcon). He served in both Northern and Southern California, Germany, Alaska and Korea. He flew combat in the first Gulf War, stationed in Bahrain. He now works as manager of the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in Taos, NM where he will talk airplanes and flying when time allows. He coordinates the flights for the Taos Middle School Flying Program and helps out with Young Eagles flights when needed.
Dick Nichols has been involved in awarding student scholarships to the EAA Young Eagles program since 2005. A decorated aviation expert, Nichols received Air Force pilot training in 1957 and flew as a fighter pilot for the state of Wisconsin and the Texas Air National Guard from 1959-1967. In 1961, Nichols began his career as a pilot for Delta Airlines, and he remained a Delta pilot for 27 years.
Upon retiring from Delta, Nichols joined the Experimental Aircraft Association and purchased his first Rans S-6S kit. By 2001, Nichols received his airworthiness certificate, and he continues to service and fly his aircraft today.
Nichols and his wife, Diane, enjoy spending time with their four children and 12 grandchildren.
Jim Quinn has been involved with the EAA Young Eagles program for more than 15 years. Working with several EAA Chapters and pilots in the DFW area, Jim has coordinated airplane rides for hundreds of young people. For the past five years, Jim has partnered closely with Jim and Angela Thompson to help identify highly qualified candidates for EAA Air Academy scholarships.
Jim holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology and business administration, and he has worked in the information technology field for many prestigious companies, including Arco Oil and Gas, Apple Computer and American Airlines.
In addition, Jim earned a Commission in the United States Marine Corps and served on active duty and in the Marine Corps Active Reserves for 26 years. As a Mission Pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, Jim currently serves as Squadron Commander. He also received the Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award in 2010.
Jim owns and flies a Stelio Frati designed Falco F8L, an amateur build aircraft, and has over 900 hours of flight time.