Originally Published: May 29, 2015 11:53 p.m.
Chino Valley High School Student Jaqueline Beltran completed a "first-ever" milestone with Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District (MIJTED) by passing the written exam required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the first step in earning a private pilot license.
Cheri Warner, adjunct instructor and advanced ground instructor at Yavapai College's Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), joined John Morgan, the college's dean of career and technical education, in awarding Beltran her certificate of completion.
Beltran, a senior this fall, is the first of 44 area students in the aviation program's two-year history to "step up and do the work and get high scores (in her studies), so that she could take that written test," Warner said. Courses over several months led up to the test.
The daughter of Eloy and Irene Beltran, the young aviator said her career goal is to become a commercial pilot or professional jet pilot.
"I came to JTED one day and took an interest in it," Beltran said of MIJTED's aviation track. "Ever since that day I can't stop getting enough."
In honor of Beltran's achievement, North-Aire Aviation Flight Training Center has awarded her a Discovery Flight with a pilot instructor so that she can learn aircraft controls, engage in flight planning, perform pre-flight checks, and try her hand at flying a plane. North-Aire Aviation is the fixed wing aircraft partner with Yavapai College in the MIJTED and CTEC offerings.