Melvin MGiving Kids Wings Alumni
My name Is Melvin. Aviation has been a major passion for my life since I was about six or seven when I began gaining Aviation knowledge by reading from FAA aviation books and looking at videos from real pilots. I also started flying using a PC-flight simulator on a well-known network called “VATSIM,” which I still fly on to this day. On VATSIM, I learned more about the radio phraseology of aviation.
By the time I was eight or nine, I was already starting to read and use Aviation charts that I would use for VATSIM. Whenever a plane passed by me I would feel chills of excitement. In these times, I felt even more connected to aviation. To get even closer to planes I would go plane spotting with my camera. I would even go on the roof of my house with my dad to see the planes arriving and landing on runways 25L and 25R at Los Angeles International Airport. Whenever I feel the vibrations of the mighty aircraft engines during takeoff, I smile with great excitement. I like to say that the airport is like my second home. I always get the chills, pride, and so much inspiration from even a single plane I see on final, departure, or taxiing. When I go to sleep at night, I often listen to LAX live Air Traffic Control feeds for hours. This helps me keep focused on my greatest passion of all–Aviation.
Currently I’m in the best program I could of ever wished for, Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy, with the best, heart-warming teacher I’ve known! I never knew an Aviation program like this even existed. If I am given the chance to continue to expand my knowledge in Aviation with more opportunities, it would mean so much to me that I could hardly explain it!