Tom Kramer Crossed the entire United States three times in a 172 and have over 4,400 hours of cross country time as Pilot in Command. I also have nearly 700 hours of night time and 400 hours of instrument time, both simulated (70) and actual (330). I have been a corporate pilot for a New Jersey based company since 2004 flying 1100 hours in their Turbo 206 taking sales personnel all across the United States into nearly 300 different airports and Canada, through all seasons in all different kinds of weather. Currently I have almost 400 hours in their Columbia 400.
Matthew Kiener I was attending a horse show in Montana near Glacier National Park. As I’d be there a for more than a week I decided to get checked out at the local flight school so I could rent a 172 and see the Rockies from the vantage point available only to those who fly. When word got out at the show I found myself making several flights bringing friends up and sharing the majesty. No words can describe the sights we saw; furthermore it was enough to convince one of my passengers, Brewster, to start taking lessons.
EC Moore My first airplane ride was in 1954 sitting on my fathers lap in a J-3 Cub. Even now, after 35 years as a pilot, with experience flying aircraft ranging from a J-3 Cub and a Rans S-7 Courier (which I built myself), to a Citation IV, each take-off and landing is still a thrill. I feel lucky and privileged to be able to pass on my passion for aviation, and the knowledge and wisdom gained from years of cross-country experience to future pilots.
Donald Wright In 53 years of flying I’ve never damaged an airplane or received a violation notice from the FAA. My last student received his multi-engine Instrument rating on his first try. It gives me a lot of pleasure to know that I’m passing on knowledge and skills accumulated over a half-century to a new generation of pilots.
Scott Berk, MD My favorite flights are the ones when I've learned something new. Fortunately, being a pilot and flight instructor has never disapointed me with new opportunities to add to my experiences. Every flight is a new one. I found this out recently when I had the chance to fly a Gulfstream V sim; while a jet may have more power & thrust, it still flies basically like that first Cessna 152 I soloed in.