Some might say Julia is luckier than many aspiring pilots because aviation has been a part of her family as far back as she can remember. Her father Greg Lair has been flying the family's Beech B-35 Bonanza for years from Lincoln County, when he wasn't piloting a Boeing 777 for United Airlines or an F-16 for the South Dakota Air National Guard. Julia's dad, also a flight instructor and a vice-commander in local CAP, told Flying, "The CAP offers young people the chance to fly at much less cost than a traditional flight school while they also serve as cadets. These young pilots pay only for the hourly cost of the Cessna 172. CAP instructors donate their time." The senior Lair said the hourly cost of the CAP 172 is about $80, still no small amount of change for a 16-year old. To help defray some of those expenses, Julia earned a CAP scholarship.