May 1, 2012
Issaquah ROTC cadet becomes Air Force pilot
Lyle Ratcliffe, of Issaquah, was one of 13 Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets from the Prescott, Ariz., campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to be chosen for pilot slots in the United States Air Force.
Selection criteria include a student’s pilot score, which combines the Air Force officers qualifying test, pilot and flight simulator performance and personal flight hours; ranking by the commanding officer; college grade point average; physical fitness; and a field training component.
Embry-Riddle prepares more Air Force pilots than any other source after the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Prescott campus produces more pilots than any other school or academy in the Southwest. The university currently has 419 Air Force ROTC cadets at its two residential campuses.