Interview with [email protected]_down

Interview with [email protected]_down

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I always wanted to learn to fly. After retiring from the music industry in 2012, I decided to pursue my interest in aviation. I had plenty of free time on my hands and the funds to make it happen. I began simply as a hobby. Over the last 10 years it has turned into much much more than a hobby..

Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?

Over the years of my aviation career, I have encountered many incredible situations. When I was contracting for the US government, I was nearly taken hostage in Africa. Our security team, made quick work of the threat and we were on our way. There was another instance at Kabul airport in which the US Airforce commander of the region nearly had to call in an airstrike on several Afgani armored vehicles that were trying to block our jet from leaving. Since I have retired from my contract work with the US Government, my flying is much less dangerous. Now, my flights are a lot of fun. I am the personal pilot and travel manager for a couple of extremely well known musicians. We travel the world for tours and concerts. I’m very blessed to always be included in their events.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

The best piece of advice I can give to keep “Burn Out” away is to only fly for people or companies that truly respect your time. When you deal with great people, its easy to make the flights happen. Amazing compensation dosen’t hurt either.

 None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I had a great mentor pilot that took me from flying my small personal plane, into the world of flying huge private jets. I’ll call him K.K. as he is still very active with the US Government. It was because of K.K. that I was able to gain the worldwide heavy jet experience that impressed my current clients enough to trust me with their travel.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Luckily I made it our of a pretty rough childhood. When I began to garner success I started looking for ways to help kids that were in similar situations to myself. Back in 2014 I founded a 501(c) 3 non profit foundation dedicated to helping at risk youth. I work very closely with my local probation department to identify kids that can benefit from the joys and potential career path aviation can provide.

Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

” “Stick to what you know” was one of the best things one of my first mentors ever told me. At the time I was trying to start all of these various businesses. I was wasting time, energy, and money to repeatedly fail. He took me aside and explained to me that I would do the best by sticking to things I was passionate and knowledgeable about. Once I switched my focus to those things, I began to achieve success and financial freedom. This isn’t to say don’t try new things. Just try new things that you are know about already. Not what some “guru” or “influencer” try’s to sell you on instagram.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

My life is dedicated to avoiding facebook. You can find me on instagram and twitter as @gear_down

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article? 

I am the pilot for Post Malone, Tyga, and Dre London. I own the company which manages their travel and logistics I also own and operate my own personal private jet