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Family-QuotesIt takes a lot of folks to help keep things running smoothly at S.O.A.R., from our Staff, to Board, to Volunteers. We are always looking for others who are interested in using their gifts and talents to help in missions and specifically our mission of training mission pilot/mechanics. If you are interested joining the S.O.A.R. Family, please let us know. 


Kevin and AJ BeaverS.O.A.R. is operating a mission aviation training program at the Bolivar Municipal Airport (M17). These days, the high cost of education and aviation-based training has made it very difficult for many who wish to serve full-time in the mission field as a mission pilot and/or mechanic to get the required training and experience without incurring such a significant debt load that it becomes a disqualifying factor in their desire to serve. S.O.A.R. was started by following a desire to seek God's direction to combine a public-facing business as the FBO at the Bolivar Airport with the ministry-side of mission aviation training to serve the public in a way that can provide the needed experience for our students, yet help offset the high cost of training.

In addition to our core training program which consists of a 30 month A&P apprenticeship and a minimum of ten hours of flight time per month for our mainstream students, S.O.A.R. also looks for ways to help other missionaries and missions take advantage of aviation within their own ministries. This typically is a much shorter term project, like helping someone get current with their Pilot or Mechanic experience to be used in other parts of the world.

Whatever the case may be S.O.A.R. is working hard to meet three primary objectives for our students:

  • Provide low-cost training to keep our students from incurring debt while getting the necessary experience and ratings
  • Shorten the overall time to get to the field by using experience-based training
  • Helping our students begin to raise their support while part of our program to help prepare them to serve once their educational and experience requirements are met

Oct 2018   WhitesNathan joined S.O.A.R. in August 2012, completed his A&P certification in June 2015 and received an IA in August 2018. Nathan and Kayla were married in September 2015.  Nathan and Kayla have been accepted with UIM Aviation and are planning to move to Tucson in 2019. Nathan and Kayla have 2 children.



Oct 2018   HolcombsFred joined S.O.A.R. in December 2013 and completed his A&P in September 2016. Fred has completed his Instrument Rating, Commercial License & Commercial Seaplane License. Fred and his family have been accepted with Samaritan Aviation, a missions organization serving in Papua New Guinea, and are currently raising the additional financial support needed to begin work there. They are planning to move to PNG in 2019. Fred and his wife, Lydia, have 5 boys.

Oct 2018   RensbergersLance joined S.O.A.R. in May 2016 and completed his A&P certification in January 2019. Lance and Caitlin have been accepted with Ethnos 360 Aviation and have started started training at their Missionary Training Center in Roach, MO. Lance and Caitlin were married in June 2016.






Oct 2018   AJA.J. joined S.O.A.R. in January 2018. A.J. has completed his Private Pilot training and is progressing well in his A&P apprenticeship.








Matt and AbiMatt and Abi joined S.O.A.R. in August 2018. Matt and Abi have both completed their Private Pilot and Instrument Rating and have started their A&P apprenticeship while continuing on with their Commercial Pilot training and certification.

Oct 2018   Dunns Kevin and Pam Dunn joined S.O.A.R. April 1, 2016. Kevin is S.O.A.R.'s first Director of Operations and oversees the apprentices in the maintenance shop. Before they came to S.O.A.R., Kevin served with UIM Aviation in Tucson, AZ as Director of Operations for 7 years. Prior to that, Kevin, Pam and their 4 children served with Biblical Ministries Worldwide (BMW) in Honduras for 11 years where Kevin served as a pilot/mechanic flying a Helio Courier..





Kerrick and ConnieKerrick and Connie Tweedy founded S.O.A.R. in October of 2011. Kerrick serves as the Executive Director and Connie serves on the Executive Staff and is responsible for media, event planning, marketing and various other responsibilities. Kerrick and Connie have 3 children.

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