Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel Joins Clay Lacy Aviation in Recognizing Flight Training Scholarship Recipients Attending Orange Coast College Aviation Science Program

(Santa Ana, California—September 21, 2017) Clay Lacy Aviation awarded flight training scholarships to two Orange Coast College aviation science students during a ceremony at John Wayne Airport on September 18. Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel attended the event to recognize scholarship winners Lex Lizotte and Soraya Eftekhari. “It is inspiring to see local students with a strong passion for flight,” said Supervisor Steel, who represents Orange County’s Second District. “I am delighted to join with Clay Lacy in honoring these remarkable future pilots.”

(Left to right) Barry Rondinella, John Wayne Airport Director, Michelle Steel, Orange County Supervisor 2nd District, Scholarship winners Lex Lizotte and Soraya Eftekhari, Scott Cutshall, Clay Lacy Aviation VP Brand Development, at John Wayne Airport in front of one of the companies managed aircraft a Dassault Falcon 7X.


About the 2017 Clay Lacy Scholarship Winners
Lex Lizotte, of Huntington Beach, California, aspires to become a pilot for a major cargo company like FedEx. Soraya Eftekhari grew up in Switzerland and now lives in Newport Beach. Her goal is to fly and train other pilots in seaplanes. Upon graduation from Orange Coast College, each will have earned an Associate of Science degree and private pilot’s license. They both plan to complete their aviation education and pilot certifications at a four-year institution.

Cockpit of Dassault Falcon 7x
Scholarship winners Soraya Eftekhari and Lex Lizotte in the cockpit of a Dassault Falcon 7x.

Recognition from Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel
“Without the support of companies like Clay Lacy, the cost of learning to fly would be beyond the reach of many local students,” Supervisor Steel said. “I also want to congratulate Dean Shrader and Dr. Harriman at Orange Coast College for building such an outstanding aviation school here in Orange County.”

(Left to right – Top) Dr. Stanley Harriman, Instructor Aviation Science, Michelle Steel, Orange County Supervisor 2nd District, Dr. Daniel Shrader, Dean of Technology, Scholarship winners Lex Lizotte and Soraya Eftekhari in the cabin of a Dassault Falcon 7x.

Orange Coast College Aviation Science Program
Located in Costa Mesa, California, Orange Coast College has developed a highly regarded aviation program. The curriculum prepares students to become professional pilots or pursue a wide variety of other aviation careers. Program information is available at

About Clay Lacy Aviation

Founded in 1968 by legendary aviator and industry pioneer Clay Lacy. Today, Clay Lacy Aviation is considered the world’s most experienced operator of private jets. Prominent individuals and leading corporations trust Clay Lacy for aircraft management, charter, sales, acquisitions, maintenance, avionics, interiors and FBO services. The company has aircraft operations and regional offices across the U.S., including FBOs at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles and Seattle’s Boeing Field, and FAA repair stations in Van Nuys, Seattle , nd Carlsbad, California. With the most knowledgeable team in the industry, Clay Lacy delivers superior safety, service and value to aircraft owners and jet travelers worldwide. Visit


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