My Dad was a Captain with Western Airlines. Thus my interest in aviation.
Many years ago, I was talking to a private high school math teacher who had an earlier military career in aviation.
He created a Flight Club and would take his students on tours of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the FAA Tower and actually talked to some of the airport executives.
He asked me to speak at one of his classes, which I did. He mentioned that it was hard for students to find a way to aviation, and they needed a “path”. To be a doctor, one only needed to go to college, medical school, pass a test and then you were a doctor. Same with being a lawyer, etc.
But there was no clear “Pathway to Aviation”.
Later, I met a math professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and we started talking about the same thing. He was so excited with the concept, we then and there coined the name and created Pathways to Aviation.
So, for over 20 years, I have been involved in promoting aviation for our next generations and supporting Pathways to Aviation in every way I can.
Thanks to everyone who supports bringing aviation to the students and dreamers of an exciting tomorrow in aviation.