Gio BGiving Kids Wings Alumni
My love for flying began when I was about five years old. My mom would take me to my grandma’s house every weekend and I would be amazed by the airplanes flying overhead toward LAX. I always wondered what it would be like to be in an airplane looking down at the world. The first time I went on vacation to Mexico was also the first time I went on an airplane. I thought it was the most fascinating thing because of how high up we were.
Ten years later, on my first day of high school, I was looking over course lists and saw “Flight School.” I thought to myself, “Why not?” and joined the class. Within the first two weeks, I was hooked and I knew that I was in for an adventure. After about six months of learning the principles of flight and practicing flight maneuvers on the computer, my instructor gave me the opportunity to have an orientation flight at Hawthorne Airport. We flew for about an hour around the coast of Palos Verdes and that was probably the best hour of my life. After the flight, I told my dad that I knew I wanted to fly for the rest of my life.
About a month later, my instructor told me about an opportunity to learn to fly gliders over the coming summer. I was amazed I was actually able to start my flight training at age 14. A few months later, I went to Santa Ynez Airport with two other students my age. By the end of the training, I had logged 14 flights and was preparing to solo. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Every time I flew, I got a certain feeling that I couldn’t describe in words.
My current goal is to able to earn my Private Pilot – Glider License, then complete my Powered Add-On rating immediately afterward. After graduation, my goal is to attend the Air Force Academy and become a fighter pilot after commissioning into the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. Right now, I’m doing what I can to get to this goal. I’m working hard to maintain my 3.66 GPA in school and am preparing for flight training this summer. At home, I practice flying on Microsoft Flight Simulator, and I read and watch everything I can about aircraft and aviation careers.
My dream is in sight and I’m determined to reach it. However, everything has a cost and my parents and I are struggling to afford the price of the training. Receiving any sort of donation would bring me one step closer to getting my glider license, and to my lifelong goal of becoming a fighter pilot.