“My dad flew back in the early 1920’s and I would remember stories that he would tell about the things he did and saw. I think that planted the seed for me to wanting to fly, although the first few airplane rides just scared me to death. Back in 1978, there was a gentleman at the Career Center that was doing ground school for aviation but there wasn’t enough people signed up for it, so I didn’t get to do that.
When I turned 50, a few of my co-workers gifted me a few flight lessons at the North Vernon airport. And after the first flight, I was hooked. It took about 1.5 years to get my license and it has been 19 years ago.”
First flight as a pilot
“I took my friends to fly around Versailles so they can see their houses and the surrounding areas. That was a fun and special experience to share with those who have encouraged me.”
Feelings when you fly
“Peaceful and yet exhilarating all wrapped in one. I thank God for the opportunity to fly and for giving me the knowledge and ability to do so.”