Archive for Category: "Young Pilots"

Building a career by believing in your dream

Building a career by believing in your dream

In the first article from our “Young Guns” series, meet Andrea Tomaselli, a young pilot from Venezuela who followed his dreams and made captain on the MD-11 at just 27. He shares his story and what he learned about succeeding in a turbulent aviation industry.

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The moment I felt like a pilot: the Hudson River exclusion

The moment I felt like a pilot: the Hudson River exclusion

In our latest Young Pilot article, high school senior Ben Conlin shares a memorable flight up the Hudson River. He says the flight was “a fresh breath to flight and reminder of why many pilots began flying in the first place.”

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One dream, one goal

One dream, one goal

There is no history of pilots in my family. I always have to explain myself in a very detailed way to my family about what I want to do in the future. There are all of these pilots who have dads or moms who are pilots as well, but I am alone.

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What did you sign up for?

What did you sign up for?

It is very easy as a pilot to become enthralled with becoming a more advanced aviator and completely lose touch with everything that called you to aviation in the first place. It doesn’t take very long either. For me it happened in about 120 hours. I had fallen out of love.

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My first emergency landing

My first emergency landing

It wasn’t long after I got my pilot’s license that I encountered my first emergency landing. It was a day I will never forget. My instructor, who is also a great friend of mine, was going to teach me on how to fly a CJ-6 Nanchang, a high performance complex aircraft.

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License to Learn, part 3: forty hours and final

License to Learn, part 3: forty hours and final

In the third and final article in this series, 18-year old pilot Kyle Libby shares the story of his checkride, including some great tips for student pilots. He also explains how earning his license changed his perspective.

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The best perspective is from above

The best perspective is from above

In the latest article from our Young Pilots series, 17-year old Michael Janik shares the flight that ignited a passion for aviation, and how he found a way to pay for flight training.

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Are you a plain cheesecake pilot?

Are you a plain cheesecake pilot?

Get out there and try something new, something exhilarating, or something that perhaps is a fear! Don’t get stuck eating plain cheesecake all your aviation career; come join me as I try some double chocolate cheesecake and maybe, just maybe, we will change the general aviation community for the better in the process.

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The reason I never fly alone

The reason I never fly alone

In the first entry from our Summer Writing Challenge, 24-year old Alec Synakowski shares the ups and downs of earning a pilot’s license fresh out of college. After a medical setback, Alec finally managed to fly home to the grass strip in New York that started his dream.

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License to Learn, Part Two: aviate, navigate, communicate

License to Learn, Part Two: aviate, navigate, communicate

In part two of this series, 17-year old Kyle Libby shares the story of his solo cross countries. From communications struggles to getting lost, there were plenty of real world lessons along the way.

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Summer Writing Challenge

Summer Writing Challenge

Attention all pilots from 16 to 24 years old. Your voice needs to be heard as part of the general aviation community. All summer long, Air Facts will publish stories from young pilots in addition to our usual content of stories about safety, history, weather, technique and a dozen other topics.

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License to Learn: ground to solo

License to Learn: ground to solo

In order to have a robust general aviation community, we need to learn from all participants, not just those multi-thousand hour pilots. Here 18-year old Kyle Libby, a new pilot, shares his insight into the training process and his flight training experience. His perspective offers a lot to think about for more experienced pilots.

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