Date: 4 July 2018
My name is Glenn Wallace and I am currently a Flight Training Group Manager at L3 Airline Academy. I am 44 years old and I graduated flight school in 2015.
Before coming to the Academy and becoming a pilot, I had several different careers. I spent fifteen years of my life in the United States Army, I was a Department of Defence program manager, and I was a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. I enjoy mastering new skills and careers; flying is just the latest adventure!
I grew up in the Space Coast area of Florida, which means I was able to watch space shuttle and rocket launches from my front porch. Taking trips to Kennedy Space Center was a regular occurrence in my childhood, and from an early age I knew I wanted to be a fighter pilot or an astronaut.
Military service equips you with a variety of skills that benefit you for the rest of your life. While in the military, I was able to learn to work as a team with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds. As a leader, I learned how to provide people with purpose, direction, and the motivation to accomplish any tasks in front of them. The skills I learned in the military have helped me to succeed in anything I put my mind to.
Being an American and a Patriot is a tremendous honor and privilege. The 4th of July is a celebration of American independence and the sacrifices that have been made to earn and maintain that independence. Freedom isn’t free, so on the 4th we make sure to celebrate and to remember what being an American is all about.
As a student I chose L3 because of its reputation in the flight training industry and the fast paced nature of the program. As an instructor and manager, I stayed here because I enjoy the camaraderie and friendships that I’ve built with my peers. It’s a rare thing to look forward to going to work because you enjoy the people you work with, and at L3 I’ve been lucky enough to experience that.
The best part about flying is being able to be above all of the hustle and bustle of daily life as it is unfolding below you! My favorite memory as a pilot was the first time I took my wife for a ride. Getting to see the look of amazement in her eyes when we took off was incredible.
My advice to anyone who is thinking about becoming a pilot is to GO FOR IT! Now is the time, the industry is desperately short of pilots.