Date: 5 June 2018
Hi, my name is Brian Caple and I am 26 years old. I graduated from the L3 Airline Academy in Sanford, Florida in 2016 and now I’m a Check Instructor.
For as long as I can remember, flying is something I’ve known I’ve always wanted to do. I can remember looking up at the planes at my first airshow at the age of five and thinking to myself how awesome it would be to sit at the controls of an airplane. It wasn’t until the age of 12 when I took my first flight that I truly realized just how badly I wanted to become a pilot. Shortly after, that want, became a need and I felt the call of the aviation industry. Around junior year of high school I started researching flight schools and universities to determine which one I wanted to attend.
Ultimately, I chose to train here because of its long history and widely known name within the aviation industry. The training course is a very rigorous process, one that requires complete dedication. I loved being able to fly almost every day with instructors that had a way of making even the most daunting tasks seem fun. I can remember getting frustrated with a particular maneuver in commercial single engine add-on we call a ‘power off 180 accuracy landing’. My instructor was able to sense that frustration and challenged me to a “landing competition”, he’d give me a goal and I’d try to meet it and vice versa. That day I was able to overcome my frustration and master the maneuver.
After training, I interviewed for a flight instructor position with L3. The main reason I applied for the position was to build time and move on to the airlines, but, when I actually started instructing, I found that I really enjoyed it. Being able to take someone from zero hours to getting their private pilot license, instrument rating, or commercial pilot license became a very rewarding experience for me. Being a pilot is everything I dreamed it would be and so much more. Every time the wheels leave the ground, I get a rush. While the tasks of flight may be similar, the experience is never identical. It’s always an adventure.
Now having built up some experience in the aviation industry, my one piece of advice for those who want to be a pilot is this – never give up. There is always a way to make your dreams come true, even if it isn’t as clear as you’d like it to be or they seem too far away to grasp. Always explore your options and never settle for less than your dreams coming true.
- Brian Caple