Merry early Christmas everyone, and I hope you are all looking forward to 2017, also I hope everyone did well during finals week or just surviving them for that matter (lol!). In addition, I hope that if you are traveling within the upcoming days that you have safe travels and enjoy being with your friends and family this holiday season. For this week’s post, I want to share with you all a very special moment in my life, even to the point where it influenced my aviation career; and that is the moment I decided that I wanted to become an airline pilot.
My friends always ask me, why did you want to become a pilot? And I always tell them because I’ve wanted to be a pilot since I was a little boy and there’s no better job in the world. Growing up I would spend countless hours playing with either my Thomas the tank engine set or my Lego airplane set, so I knew from a very young age I would have a career in transportation. I especially loved it when we traveled by airplane since I thought airplanes were the coolest things on earth. My parents even told me that I would spend countless hours watching airplanes takeoff, and land that they could’ve left me at the airport and I would not have noticed they left. My love for planes continued to grow as I got older, and during the spring break of 2003 would be a moment that would change my life.
In 2003 my family and I were on our way to Canada, Ottawa for spring break. I had just turned six years old a few days before our trip and I was thrilled to be traveling to Canada since I had never been there. As part of our trip, we had to catch a connecting flight at Chicago O’Hare international airport; but of course, our flight had been delayed due to severe weather in the area. For me that meant more time watching airplanes, so I didn’t mind the delay one bit. During the delay, I was running around the gate area pretending to be a plane myself, until I bumped into a man; and that’s when my life was changed forever. The man looked down at me, smiled and said “so you like airplanes, don’t you young man?” Being my little six-year-old self I responded “Yea!” and told him I was waiting for my plane to go to Canada. Little did I know that the man that I had bumped into would change my life forever.
When our flight finally took off for Ottawa, my family and I were sitting in the back of the aircraft. During the flight one of the flight attendants brought me a first-class meal. My parents looked at the attendant and told her that they didn’t order it, but the she told us that “this is for this young man from the pilot. He also wants to see this young man when we land”. My parents looked at me like I had done something wrong, and even I was surprised that the pilot wanted to see me especially since I didn’t know this person. When we landed, we waited for the pilot to come get me, and when he finally came, I noticed that this was the man that I bumped into back in Chicago. He then brought me into the cockpit and let me sit in his lap at the front of the cockpit which was the most amazing experience I ever had. During that time, he showed me all the controls and buttons, even letting me pretend to be the pilot for a while. When it was over he gave me a pair of pilot wings and told he told me to promise him that one day I would become a pilot. I pinky promised him and since that day my life has been forever change to become a pilot; I even still have the pair of wings that pilot gave to me all those years ago.
Ever since that day, I’ve kept my promise to that pilot and I can’t thank him enough to opening my imagination and inspiring me to become a pilot. Over the course of the past year-and half I’ve made some huge accomplishments from my first solo, cross country flying, and earning my private pilot’s license; yet I’ve also had those moments that I wish to forget, but it’s all part of the learning curve to becoming a commercial airline pilot. I hope in my future career as pilot, that I can repay a simple act of kindness by opening a young person’s mind to becoming a pilot and inspiring them to become one, since I believe that it’s important to pay it forward to someone else. So, I now you all know why I want to become a pilot and I hope that someone or something has inspired you all in your careers whether if it’s to become a commercial pilot, aviation mechanic, flight attendant or any careers in aviation.
Well guys that’s it for this week’s blog, and I hope everyone has a safe and amazing Christmas with your loved ones. Also, make sure to check out https://blog.globalair.com/ for other great blogs and featured stories on other pilot stories. As always guys remember that “adventure is out there!”