FOR A PILOT WHO FLIES HIGH IN THE SKY… IT’S EASY TO SEE EVERYTHING.
CG Paul English, President of EEA Chapter 351
“it’s like I can climb a mountain anytime I want.. I can get above everybody. My problems are very small on the ground.”
“Enterprise disappears in a chunk about as big as a quarter if you get high enough.”
ENGLISH BEGAN HIS PILOTING CAREER LATER IN LIFE…
“oh I’ve always been interested in becoming a pilot…it’s always been fascinating to me.”
NOW HE FLYS OUT WEEKLY FROM THE ENTERPRISE AIRPORT.
“To me, it’s magic when you take off… You don’t have to go high, low is good…high is good, it’s all good.”
LARRY SMITH, WHO WORKS WITH ENGLIGH HAS A BEEN A PILOT FOR 52 YEARS.
HE KNOWS THE STRENGTH NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.
Larry Smith, EAA Chapter 351 Public Relations Coordinator
“first of all a will to fly.”
“Alot of people you hear oh i can’t do that, that’s scary….uh you.but once you do it, it gets you it bites ya.”
SMITH SAYS ONCE YOU’RE UP, THERE’S NO GOING DOWN.
“it’s a different world, it’s basically a world that you basically can control.”
“but what you do if you move the stick with this way…something happens, you don’t have to wait–you don’t have to depend on anybody else. A lot of people fly just to relax.”
THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF PILOTS…
PROFESSIONAL, RECREATIONAL, AND MORE.
CG Leslie Brusse, Fixed Wing Instructor Pilot
“the private pilot’s license, which is the basic license that will assist you to go on requires 40 hours of training time, 20 of which must be with an instructor and 10 of which must be solo.”
THAT IS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT.
THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS 65-70 HOURS.
COMPELETING THE PROGRAM WILL VARY FOR EACH STUDENT.
DEPENDANT UPON YOUR AVAILABILITY, WEATHER, AND MAINTENANCE ISSUES.
THERE IS A HUGE NEED FOR PILOTS WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.
“and I want to emphasize that it’s not just going to be a pilot shortage, it’s going to be an aviation profession shortage.”
THAT’S BECAUSE IT TAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE TO GET A PILOT UP IN THE AIR.
“you’ve got dispatchers, refuelers, maitenance people, schedulers…so all of those people are part of the industry.”
THAT’S WHY THE EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION IN ENTERPRISE HOSTS YOUNG EAGLE’S DAY TWICE A YEAR.
CHILDREN AGES 8 THROUGH 17 CAN RECEIVE A FREE PLANE RIDE.
THE CHAPTER DOES THIS IN ORDER TO PROMOTE THE AVIATION INDUSTRY.
TONYA AND I TOOK A FREE RIDE TO SEE IF WE WOULD MAKE GOOD PILOTS.
AND THE PILOT’S INTIAL THOUGHTS…
“no idea, but I’ll be glad to let you take the controls from time to time.”
I HAD SOME PRE-FLIGHT JITTERS, BUT TONYA WAS READY TO GO.
“IF WE GET UP THERE AND WE ARE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY…WHAT DO WE DO?”
“haha, stay with the airplane.”
“we don’t have parachutes.”
AFTER LANDING WE WAITED FOR THE MOMENT OF TRUTH…
“SO HOW DID ME AND TONYA DO AS A PILOT, WOULD YOU HIRE US?”
“not without significant training.”
THEY SAY WE NEED A LOT OF STUDY AND PRACTICE…
MAINLY FOR TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS.
“HOW DID WE DO AS A PASSENGER?”
“You did wonderfully as a passenger, as did you Dustin.”
“I always judge my passengers by the smile on their face. If they’re not smiling, they’re not having fun. We got a good go pro video and I think she was smiling the whole time.”
“YEAH, I DIDN’T THROW UP SO THAT’S A GOOD THING.”