Father’s Day is a celebration honoring the fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in our society. A good father or father figure makes all the difference in a child’s life. A father is a pillar of strength, of support and discipline. He will share his life with his child, sharing his passions and life experiences.
Freeflight would like to take the time to appreciate the service of all our fathers and the men who act as father figures.
Many of our male pilots share their passion with young people. Whether it’s sharing a plane ride, telling a flight story or showing some child around a plane, they are sharing their time, influencing a young life, making a difference. Here is to all the male pilots who are fathers or acting as father figures.
To our flight instructors, our honorable teachers, who spend time providing guidance, developing, influencing young adult lives during their flight training. You must be patience, have a sense of understanding of each individual, and the ability to give that extra little bit, while teaching a student to fly.
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At Freeflight, we watch as fathers share their passions, strengths, support, and bring a unity to their families. Stories are created, memories for sharing, and a new family legend for their next generation.
Sina and his son recently went flying together. His son, an Ohio college student, presently studying bio-engineering, enjoyed an afternoon over the skies of NJ.
Julius loves to fly, and is seen regularly, taking his family, wife Sharon and son Julian, on flying adventures. Julius is an avid photographer who has a volume of memories in his collection. Julius and his family have accompanied Freeflight on several fly-outs during the years. Julian’s first flight in the pilot seat was with flight instructor Brian Robbins, his father quietly sat in the back seat of the Diamond DA40, while his son’s was at the controls.
Brian, Julian, Julius Julius and Sharon
Brian Kilpatrick started teaching his son, Brian Junior to fly. His son now continues his flight lessons in our C152 with Steve Wemple. A twinkle in Brian Jr. eyes after his flight appears. His father must be proud as he learns his son continues forward with his flight lessons.
Steve, Brian Jr, Brian
Gavin Singh, a professional pilot, and flight instructor Rob Burns, watches, as Gavin’s son Tyler departs in the DA20. Gavin has shared the skies with Tyler as he has grown, taking him on Lear flights, observing Tyler piloting the skies on Microsoft Flight Simulator. To Tyler, flying almost comes naturally. Tyler soloed in 14 hours, only because he changed flight instructors. Tyler’s first instructor departed due to personal reasons. Tyler’s goal is to obtain his license on his 17th birthday. They also share their love of dogs, each with dogs on leases standing under the tall tree enjoying an afternoon at the airport.
Gavin and Tyler
John Lupnacca, owner of N8383T and a builder of a RV9, dreamed of the day his son would become a pilot. Several years ago, Jonathan earned his pilot license. We now watch as father with son venture off into the skies together. John and Jonathan recently shared a flight to Leesburg, VA to visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport. John flying one leg and Jonathan the return leg home.
John and Jon
Bob Parker and Tony Baltuskonis took part in our “Fly It Forward Day” earlier this spring. A day for women to experience flight. Each father shared a flight with their daughter. Bob give his daughter, Callyn; a flight in the Diamond DA40, Tony gave his daughter, Jessica, a flight in the Archer. Gary Growney provided a flight to his own niece, also Jessica. Gary, a voluteer fireman, is often heard talking on the phone with his daugthers who live out of state. Donald Peacock, one of our flight instructors is now sharing his passion of flight with his wife Wanda, by giving her flight lessons. Donald had wanted to give his wife a flight that day, but was unable to do so due to increased winds.
Tony and Jessica Gary and his niece, Jessica
Flight Instructors Bob McCabe and Dave Mull, two great men, have contributed much of their lives influencing young adults. Both gentlemen have been long time participates in the Civil Air Patrol’s young cadet program. Gary Growney and Paul Bolognone two other gentlemen, in recently years have become involved with the CAP’s young cadet program. This program also allows these men to serve this great country of ours. Please thank them for the time they give our country.
We met Dave, our mechanic several years ago at Trenton Robbinsville Airport. We had recently brought our 1979 C172. Dave to the time to change a wheel bearing, installs an oil filter, and teaches us about the aircraft maintenance needed on our C172. Dave never requested anything in return. A grandfather, Dave and his wife Bernie are second parents to their grandchildren, as their own children work hard to support their family. Dave is often seen at Birthday parties, spending time with his mother, and at the Trenton Robbinsville Airport giving someone a helping hand.
Dave and Jack
And last, but not least, is Jan Greenberg, who many of you have recently met, as he spend some of his time at work in our office. Jan a very passionate pilot, regularly shares his love of flight. Jan donates his time, energy, and money, participating in the local EAA young eagle program. Often on our My FBO online schedule system there is a note by Jan, “young eagle flight” at the Flying W Airport, South Jersey Regional Airport or Cross Keys Airport. Jan a member of the EAA Chapter 1438, this EAA Chapter of volunteers pilots regularly provide flights for youths ages 8-18 in our local community.
Jan with his young eagles
Blue Eyes wishes she knew or remembered more family stories that could be shared with our members and friends. If she has forgot one or hasn’t heard one, please let Freeflight know. Freeflight would be happy to share theses moment with our followers.