Thursday, July 11, 2013

Share Your Story: Trevor Wusterbarth, PPL Student

Welcome to the 18th "Share Your Story" post. Pilots from around the world write in featuring their flight experiences, promoting their blogs, websites, social media, novels, etc. These posts show future aviators the diverse range of careers available to them. More details + how to participate can be found via the following: Click Here and Get Involved
I always get the question, "How did you become interested in aviation?" I have become a professional at answering that question. The EAA used to have a day called 'teacher day' during the week of AirVenture and my mom would get discounted tickets. My mom would take me each year ever since I was in kindergarten. I am also fortunate that my parents bought a house less than 5 minutes away from the airport. So I always run outside to look and stare at the planes flying by at low altitudes. Once in a great while, I like to either bike or drive to the airport on a relatively busy day to watch the planes take off and land. Other than that, I have other aviation experiences as well.

April 4th, 2011, was the day of my Young Eagles flight and the day that changed my life. It was the start of my flight experiences. When we took off, I knew that I wanted to fly for the rest of my life. It was the greatest experience anyone could ever have. Immediately when I got home, I began the video training portion of the Sporty’s Private Pilot Course which was free, thanks to the Young Eagles Program. I was so excited to learn about the science of aviation that I couldn’t stop watching the videos.

I searched the internet about job shadowing an airline pilot, and it said that it would be impossible due to high security reasons. Then I decided to email Southwest Airlines. A few weeks later, they emailed me back saying that they had found someone who would be delighted to contact me about a job shadow. It was the Chief Pilot for AirTran Airways. I emailed him, and we set a date that I would come down to KMKE. On March 29th, 2012, I was ecstatic to job shadow an actual airline pilot.  I was so anxious that I could barely sleep the night before. When I got there, there was an AirTran Boeing 717-200 that was waiting to board in a couple of hours, so Tom and I walked through the jetway and into the cockpit. He showed me a lot of the controls and how the basic systems work. Then, we went inside his office, and we talked about different routes to becoming an airline pilot. I explained my plans for college, and basically my entire future involving aviation. He told me that I would be able to get through flight training and pass my check rides easily because of how motivated I am. I learned a lot of things about aviation that day. After that, I knew for sure that a career as an airline pilot is what I am going to pursue.

After completing part one of the Sporty's Course, I received a voucher for a free first flight lesson. I called the Fond du Lac Skyport to schedule my introductory flight lesson. July 6th, 2012, was the day of my introductory flight. We took off, climbed to maneuvering altitude, and my instructor handed the controls over to me so that I could get the feel of them. I learned how to coordinate turns with the rudder, descend, and enter the traffic pattern to land. After we landed, my dream of becoming a pilot was further solidified. Ever since that day, I haven't been able to drive past the airport without looking to see if any planes are taking off or landing.

This past early spring, I took the FAA Private Pilot - Airplane written exam and I passed. That motivated me even more than what I had been.

But what does my future hold for me? I have no clue. Well I do have plans but only God knows they are just plans and He has His own plan for my journey to becoming an airline pilot. I am concurrently a junior in high school. I am continuing to study the private material so that I retain the material for when I start flight training. My written expires in the spring of 2015 so I will be doing my flight training next summer. I plan on doing my flight training for my private next summer. After high school I want to attend Minnesota State University - Mankato and major in Professional Flight. I know that college and flight training put together in the same four years and that sounds expensive. Well right you are! It is very expensive. But I know for sure that it will all pay off in the end. My overall goal is to become a successful airline pilot at a major airline. My “dream airline” is Southwest Airlines but I would be absolutely content with the other majors.

A Recent SWA Commercial. Trevor... When I watched this, it's like it was speaking towards you


Thank you so much Trevor for writing in and sharing your story. Very impressive that you've already completed your FAA Written, that must be very motivating! I can't wait to see how your training goes, you'll have to write back in about what it's like.

I'm sure that you're destined to do great things in aviation. You have an advantage over everyone else by starting so early. 

Thanks again for writing in and participating in the Share Your Story section of the blog, 

Swayne Martin 
Martins Aviation / From Private to Professional Pilot
Twitter: @MartinsAviation
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  1. Trevor, keep that dream alive. It's a great career! And always believe you will get there. First you have to dream, and then focus. Sounds like you're doing all!!


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Swayne Martin