At age 14, I was like every other high school freshman; I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. For my 15th birthday, I was given a discovery flight from a family friend who is a corporate pilot and CFII. After that first flight, I was hooked and quickly fell in love with aviation, officially commencing my flying journey. The following months were a critical period of time which only intensified my excitement for flying. After a busy year of training, creating a YouTube channel, and becoming involved in the industry through various volunteering opportunities, I successfully soloed for the first time on my 16th birthday. This accomplishment further deepened my passion and it was at this point I knew I wanted to become a pilot and pursue flying as a career. After another year of training and studying for my FAA exams, I passed my written, oral, and practical exam and became a licensed private pilot as soon as the FAA would allow me: on my 17th birthday. If you haven't already noticed, there is a theme with birthdays and my flying journey!
Over the last few months as a private pilot, I have enjoyed taking family and friends flying with me to help them appreciate and understand the world of general aviation. I continue to create weekly content for my YouTube channel where I aim to inspire the next generation of professional pilots. This trip is a continuation of my exploration into the industry, and I couldn't be more proud to represent an organization like Hope For The Warriors.
As far as what my future holds, I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. I am currently a junior in high school, and after graduation I hope to attend the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, to study Aviation Management with flight. I have aspirations of flying the world's most coveted corporate aircraft and dream of traveling the world. Every day I am grateful to live in a country where the possibility to achieve these dreams is plentiful, and I am honored to represent the United States and its heroes on this trip.
Thank you for your continued support. See you in the skies!