Chief Flight Instructor
Vicky is a mother of four and a former researcher at Rhode Island Hospital. For Christmas 2005, she received a gift certificate to fly at Horizon. She had been up in the air in a GA aircraft once 20 years ago, but hadn't been up since. She finally used her certificate in October 2006. Little did she know she was going to have a life changing experience...the day after her first lesson, she went in for her second. By her third lesson she was completely hooked.
When Vicky asked Zeke how she could fly more she learned that as a career student she could fly the most. Vicky was at a point in her life where she needed a change and flying was exactly what she was looking for. She has being flying about 30 hours a month - as often as she can.
What hooked her? "It was just the incredible feeling of taking off; it's hard to describe in words." On Horizon: "the staff are wonderful, they treat you really well, they treat you like family, I feel like it is a cohesive group [at Horizon]. If you have any questions you can turn to any instructor, and at any moment they will drop what they are doing and answer your questions."
"What does being a pilot mean to me? It means learning to fly new airplanes and to new places. It mean flying into the Washington DC SFRA or the New York City Corridor. It means flying to Oshkosh and landing on the orange dot one year and the green one the next or taking the warbird arrival. But most importantly, it means sharing these experiences with other pilots. So what is the newest adventure? This month it is learning to fly acro in an open cockpit biplane and the high performance Marchetti. This is what it means to be a pilot."