I am Alex Vanover and I will be 17 on January 25, 2017. I have been flying for about 7 years now and have done all of my primary training at Northwest Regional Airport (52F).
I received much of my early flight instruction from Charlie Yates, over a 3 year period, until Charlie's death in the plane crash of September, 2012. Charlie was a huge mentor for me and really inspired me to take on flying as a full time passion and future career. Right now (January 2017), I am a junior in high school attending Byron Nelson in Roanoke and plan on graduating in 2018.
I am enrolled in a dual credit program with Tarrent County College, where I spend half the day on their campus working on my aviation mechanics rating. I am on track to have 1 year of college done once I get out of high school and should finish my a&p rating one year out of high school.
My long term goals are to head toward a career in aviation particularly in the airlines or in aviation engineering.
Now I am being mentored by Tommy Meyer and Gary Platner to fly George Meyer's proto type famous Little Toot biplane! What a wonderful opportunity Tommy has given me. The plan is to fly the original Little Toot in formation with Big Toot to Oshkosh 2017! I am proud that Tommy Meyer selected me.
LJ: This would make a great story for EAA Sport AV magazine!
Also, Alex has appeared on this website before. Here are two previous times: