VOLUNTEERS PURSUE PILOT TRAINING

Hurricanes wreaked havoc on the country in 2018 and left many without basic necessities following each devastating storm. Today marks the official last day of hurricane season, and we hope Mother Nature takes note.

… We landed, and from that moment on, I knew I wanted to get back in the skies again. Dan Benedix, one of the Airdrop coordinators and a pilot, asked me immediately how my flight was, and I sat there wide-eyed and amazed, wondering how I could figure out how to fly too. He laughed and said it’s easy, you just learn how to fly, then you’ll fly. It was so straightforward.

I always assumed so much was involved but I realized you could be a regular person and still become a pilot.

… I was noticing a lot of the different mechanical parts in planes were very similar to the various machinery I have experience with as a mechanic. Figuring out the logistics of how much weight could be held and transported on each aircraft was interesting and similar to the trucking industry I work in. It was exhilarating to be so close to all of the airplanes, and I was even able to get on Joe Gibbs’ personal aircraft.

Every pilot I met was more than willing to help people they didn’t know and use their personal aircraft. I appreciated that they were willing to go out of their way to deliver supplies in a time of need, and many of the same pilots kept coming back for the three days I was there. The fuel was expensive, but they helped regardless. People that hadn’t eaten in days and were finally given food and supplies really made an impact on me.

Via Callie Wilkes @ Gleim Aviation


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