James Schreiner

Oct 17, 2012   //   by admin   //   Scholarship Recipients  //  No Comments

James Schreiner, a Wakeeney, KS native, is pursuing a Professional Pilot degree at Kansas State. Several encounters with aviation in his middle and high school years pushed him into chasing a pilot career.

His first experience was in 8th grade when an Eagle Med helicopter landed at his school for a safety demonstration. “After talking with the pilot I thought it would be a very fun job but I also thought it wasn’t possible for a kid from a small town to become a pilot.”

That view began to change in his following high school years. After another helicopter, this time a Black Hawk, visited his school for National Drug Free Week, James started to look into becoming a pilot.

In his search, he discovered a summer aviation camp for high school students hosted by the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS. “It was a 5 day camp where I got to have some actual flight time in a Cessna 172. This was the first time I had ever been in an airplane. After completing this week of camp, I realized it was actually possible to make a career out of flying.”

Deciding on Kansas State, James is now working on a Commercial pilot rating while working part time. His favorite aviation experience so far was flying back home and showing his family what he is accomplishing. After he graduates, he plans to pursue a career as a corporate or medical evacuation pilot.

His favorite part of flying: “When flying, you’re above the world focused on the task at hand and nothing else other than flying seems to matter.  It is almost like you leave everything else behind once the aircraft becomes airborne.”

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