You could feel the excitement in the air as 18 new student pilots gathered in the hanger at Cedar City’s regional airport. It was a slightly overcast morning as Upper Limit Aviation’s summer class joined together to embark on their educational journey. The new student pilots were a bit overwhelmed and tired from unpacking and moving, but all those feelings were quickly put aside when they saw the flight deck’s line-up of A-Stars, Bells, Robinsons, and Cessnas!
This summer’s student pilots are from the states of Florida, California, Alaska; representing many cultures and backgrounds throughout the country. During the next 18 months, these students will become one under the umbrella of SUU and ULA. Many are transitioning from the military, a few are coming in from previous career plans, and there are even a few high school students. These new Cedar City residents dropped off their U-Hauls and will pick up the yoke or cyclic and start flying soon.
Director Mike Mower quickly stole the show with his amusing and humorous presentation of student life, expectations, and future outlook. Mike first stressed that all students and staff should have fun. He wants the Upper Limit Aviation team to feel comfortable, accepted, and respected. However, Mike also stressed that fun only comes with hard work. For example, the student pilots are pushed out of their comfort zone in the aircraft by their instructors and are expected to study two hours for every hour they are in the aircraft flying.
Mr. Mower is an Upper Limit graduate who, in seven years, worked his way up from private pilot student to Director of Upper Limit Aviation’s Cedar City, UT location. Mike is a prime example of how hard work pays off at Upper Limit Aviation.
After the presentation, new students were able to enjoy a catered lunch, mingle with staff, and meet their instructors. In addition, Upper Limit’s Salt Lake City-based marketing team and the Southern Utah University Aviation Program Director, Sean Heiner, were in attendance to show their support and to welcome the new class.
Oscar Mejia, a new student from Arizona, took the opportunity to go on a flight in a Cessna 172 for the first time! He took the controls for an hour, flying over Zion National Park. The instructor later said, “hikers could see Oscar’s ear-to-ear smile from the trails, 8,000 feet below.”
Upper Limit Aviation yet again had a successful welcoming of another dedicated class of student pilots. The growing flight school continues to inspire and produce career driven pilots while also moving forward with its reputation as one of the best flight schools in the country. Welcome new students to the family of Upper Limit Aviation!