How did you get into flying?
It all began when I was about 9 years old and my parents took me to the Chicago Air and Water show. After watching the flight demonstrations and meeting some of the pilots, I quickly became obsessed with aviation. When it came time to apply to college, I decided to make my dreams of being a pilot a reality. I chose to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign because they had an excellent aviation school called the Institute of Aviation. Within my first week of Freshman year, I was sitting behind the controls of an aircraft in flight. By the time I was a senior I had obtained my Certified Flight Instructor license, and I began instructing freshmen students. After graduating in 2010, I continued to flight instruct at the University, as well as part time in the Chicago Area.
How long have you been with Gogo?
Almost three and a half years. I began as a contractor in early 2011, flying the King Air 200. When the company purchased the Challenger in the fall of 2012 they hired me full time.
What is your favorite airport/city to fly into?
I always enjoy flying into the Washington D.C. area. The weather there is generally better than Chicago’s and even though I have flown there many times, there is always going to be a historic site I missed or a new monument to visit. Not to mention that area has the greatest aviation museums.
Do you fly more than one type of aircraft?
Although I am rated to fly aircraft other than the Challenger, that is the only plane I am currently flying for Gogo. Occasionally on weekends I like to get back into the cockpit of a Cessna 172 to flight instruct. I find that instructing always keeps my aviation knowledge fresh.
Do you hate turbulence as much as I do?
Probably not as much as you hate it, but I definitely dislike it. However it is an inevitable factor of flying. Being up in the cockpit knowing I have control of the aircraft seems to make turbulence less intimidating to me.
What’s your favorite part about working for Gogo?
What I love most about flying for Gogo is that I receive such a unique flying experience I couldn’t get anywhere else. Unlike other corporate flight departments that use aircraft solely for transportation between two places, our Challenger doubles as a test platform for company products. Therefore there is never a “typical” flight for us to complete – each flight opportunity the company presents to us is a new exciting experience!