The Rene Cutforth Pilot Bursary
In memory of Rene Cutforth (Classen), a mentor, friend, and long time volunteer for Elevate Aviation. Rene passed away suddenly on December 25, 2022 at the age of 40. Rene loved flying; her career started as a jump pilot for skydiving, followed by flying the Twin Otter for Kenn Borek Air in the Arctic. Then she flew the Beechcraft 1900 for Air Georgian in Calgary, before becoming captain on the Q400 for Jazz Aviation. In honour of Rene’s passion for aviation and her desire to advocate for women to become pilots, we have set up a bursary in her name.
$1,000 will be awarded to successful applicants pursuing their PPL, CPL or additional rating in both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.
- Must be female identifying and residing in Canada
- Must be enrolled at a flying club or university program equivalent
- Must show financial need
- A passion for aviation
- A willingness to work hard