Hey there everyone! My name is Ian and way back in 2008 I told myself that I wanted to learn to fly. Quickly I began doing a lot of research on what it would take to learn to fly and I had already done more than my fair share of Microsoft Flight Simulator flying. Before I knew it at the tender age of 15 I ended up finding myself in the left seat of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk cockpit where I quickly realized that my love for airplanes was becoming a reality. On this blog way back in about 2008 I decided to document my flying by naming myself Pilot Ian… how original right? And the original goal was for me to document “from Cessna to CRJ” a portrail about a student pilot working to build up the experience to one day fly the airlines.
Well with age and growing up you sometimes experience changes, opportunities, and other loves along your journey. For me, I began to realize that starting businesses was something I just couldn’t shake. So my focus on joining the airlines quickly changed to owning my own aviation business of sorts. In 2012, I started an aviation clothing brand called Heading 370 where I sold really awesome pilot tshirts and merchandise. It quickly grew as I was a freshman in college at Ohio University.
I decided to leave the comfort of college to continue to work on building something in aviation for myself. Quickly I realized that the t-shirt world had thin margins. I found myself a college dropout with no great business venture ideas anymore.
Fast forward a bit and it’s crazy to think that I started this blog back in 2008 when I was at the tender age of fifteen. Now 8 years later and now I am twenty-two and back on track towards becoming a professional pilot slowly but surely. This time with different intentions. I kept telling myself along the journey that I want to learn to fly no matter what. If you do any type of snooping around my blog, you can see that there is a HUGE gap in content creation. I took time off from here to focus on many things in my life and now I am back to documenting my flying life. I currently have pursued my dreams of having an aviation business again. It’s the best of my two worlds. I found that marketing in aviation is where my talents are. I started an aviation marketing agency where we help brands build out their creative marketing, content and branding needs.
This blog is now going to be more about documenting my journey like I had originally intended. In addition, I want to provide as much aviation value as humanly possible. If you are interested in contributing an article by all means reach out.
But what if I want to learn to fly myself?
That’s the question that I get a lot and I love helping anyone with an intent on learning what it takes to feed that “I want to learn to fly” craving in your heart. Flying and learning to fly takes a lot of hard work and understanding. This is exactly what this blog will be intended for. Ask away, and if you have any questions don’t be afraid to reach out and I will work on responding as quick as possible to your inquiries.
In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the skies soon!
Blog Disclaimer: I am not a certified flight instructor (CFI) and all knowledge, suggestions, and or content on this blog should be consulted with your flight instructor first before taking it into action.