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Three Years

July 1st, 2017 It’s been exactly three years since I enrolled in the Professional Pilot Program at Mauna Loa Helicopters. It’s hard for me to believe that I’m here in Alaska, flying the AStar, actually living out the fantasy I’ve had since childhood. It has not been an easy journey, but it’s been worth every … Continue reading

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About This Blog

At the age of 36 I decided that it's never too late to chase a dream. I've wanted to fly helicopters for as long as I can remember and I'm ready to do what it takes to succeed.

This blog will track my experiences from training through my first industry jobs. It will be both a personal journal and a resource for other aspiring pilots. Please feel free to share it with anyone who dares to dream big.

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Started at NorthStar Trekking, Juneau, AK

  • April, 17th 2017

Reached 1,000 hours Total Time

  • August, 13th 2016

Hired as Tour Pilot with Novictor Helicopters

  • January, 28th 2016

Moved to Honolulu base for Mauna Loa Helicopters

  • November 1st, 2015

Hired as CFI with Mauna Loa Helicopters!!

  • May 18th, 2015

CFII Certificate

  • April 10th, 2015

Instrument Rating

  • April 8th, 2015

CFI Pilot Certificate

  • January 16th, 2015

Commercial Pilot Certificate

  • January 14th, 2015

Private Pilot Certificate

  • August 26th, 2014

First Solo Flight

  • July 30th, 2014

Moved to Hawaii and Started Training

  • July 1st, 2014

Cumulative Costs

Instrument Rating and CFII Certificate
  • $82,000
  • Commercial and CFI Certificates
  • $62,000
  • Private Certificate:
  • $23,000

  • *These are bulk costs that include flight time, ground school, flight gear and study materials. By the end of my training I will have a much more specific breakdown of costs.

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