We asked our flight instructor Uriel Lewis, CFI, about his experience and why he loves flying. Read more below!
Q: How did you get into flying?
A: I commenced my flight training back in 2012 and I instantly fell in love but felt the need to give back to this wonderful nation by serving in the Naval Aviation in the armed forces. I am currently back in general aviation and enjoying every moment.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a pilot?
A: I remember at the tender age of 6, I observed an airplane flying over my house and I asked my mother what it was. She then explained to me what it was and also informed me that the pilots would get paid to fly it. At that age, I always thought that people got compensated to do things they did not want to do. At that time, I realized that I wanted to be paid doing something fun.
Q: What do you think is important when choosing a flight school?
A: When considering a flight school, it is vital to analyze their track record which would give you a general idea on the direction you as a student will be going. The friendliness and professionalism of staff should be considered along with maintenance practices.
Q: What do you like most about being an instructor?
A: It is always an amazing feeling being able to teach new concepts to students while watching them grow into a more proficient pilot.
Q: What is your most memorable flying experience?
A: I do not remember exactly which airport it was but, it is close to the beach. I am a beach lover, and the scene was amazing. While on final for landing a group of beach lovers was waving at me which put the icing on the cake.
Q: What advice would you give students?
A: Study hard, never give up, the sky is the limit and always pursue your passion.
Q: What advice would you give individuals interested in instructing?
A: Stay current so that you can provide your students with up-to-date and accurate information. Adapt an open-door policy.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I am currently working towards obtaining the MEI rating before moving on to a carrier that services the islands so that I can always be vacationing.
Q: If you could fly anywhere, where would it be?
A: I would love to fly anywhere on the eastern part of the world providing me the opportunity to experience different cultures.