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Two Students Named Recipients of EAA/Daher-Socata Internships

Students to work overseas at Socata facility in France

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 22, 2010) — Kylie Fencil of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and Cory Ravetto of Kalispell, Montana, will receive the work internships of a lifetime, as they have been named recipients of this year’s EAA/DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships.

Today’s announcement took place at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wis., by Nicolas Chabbert, President of Socata North America, and Elissa Lines, EAA’s vice president of business and donor relations.

The internship program is now in its fourth year. Each recipient receives a five-week internship at DAHER-SOCATA’s Tarbes facility in France, located in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains, followed by a week at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh where they’ll help Socata during EAA AirVenture 2010. All travel, lodging, and work experience is included, as well as a side trip to the Airbus facility at Toulouse. For an aspiring student working toward a career in the aviation industry, it’s a dream situation.

“This opportunity with EAA gives a one-of-a-kind experience for these internship recipients,” Chabbert said. “They will spend some time with us, in their field of choice, such as marketing, production, organization, design, support or service. It will make a difference in the future careers of the interns.”

While DAHER-SOCATA is currently providing American students a chance to study abroad, the company has encouraged EAA to find companies in the U.S. willing to share such an experience with young people from other parts of the world. For instance, the two interns will have the opportunity to interact with Socata employees as part of a unique cultural exchange.

“DAHER-SOCATA’s commitment provides an incentive, a challenge to EAA Young Eagles, an opportunity for them to explore a variety of career directions within the aviation field first hand, to see what the future holds,” Lines said. “For a student, nothing is more important. The cultural exchange, the educational opportunities, and the impact on their lives are tremendous.”

Kylie Fencil is a second-year student at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. She described the Socata summer internship in France as a dream come true.

“I got it?! I am so happy! I was crossing my fingers every day, hoping that I would be considered for this,” Fencil said when called by Chabbert and Lines with the good news. “I really want to be in the aerospace industry and I can’t wait to work with the professionals at Socata in France.”

Fencil is currently studying interior design at Fox Valley Technical College, with an emphasis on commercial design.

“My greatest passions in life are design and travel so it became an obvious choice to integrate these pursuits working with an aircraft company in the design and reconfiguration of commercial and private aircraft interiors,” she said. “From a design perspective, aircraft are tremendously well thought out due to the space consideration that is required not only for the visual appeal of the interior, but also the mechanical and ergonomic challenges they present.” 

Cory Ravetto is a sophomore at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus in Arizona, majoring in aerospace engineering.
“I am very, very excited,” he said upon learning of his selection. “This is an incredible opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m excited to work for Socata in France this summer and get to know the engineering department there.”

Ravetto’s engineering goal is to work on the design of aircraft or spacecraft control systems. He noted that the experiences of Karl Parsons, a 2009 EAA/Socata intern who is also a student at Embry-Riddle in Prescott, inspired him to apply for the internship.

Ravetto began flying at age 13 and has about 50 hours of single-engine flight time logged. “Aircraft have always fascinated me,” he said. I want to make a career out of aircraft design, and working with Socata this summer will provide me with real-world engineering experiences in aircraft design and manufacturing.”

One of the world’s leading general aviation manufacturers with more than 17,000 aircraft built since its creation as Morane-Saulnier in 1911, including the Very Fast Turboprop TBM 850, DAHER-SOCATA forms the aerospace branch of the DAHER Group, European integrated equipment and services supplier.  In addition to aerospace, DAHER specializes in three other sectors: nuclear, defense and industries, and developing in three fields of expertise: manufacturing, services and transport, which enable it to offer a comprehensive package.

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