My name is Tucker Gott and I am a 19 year old private pilot from New Jersey. Coming from a family of aviators, I have been fascinated by flight for as long as I can remember. About three years ago, I first discovered powered paragliders while watching youtube videos. I immediately knew it was something I wanted to do.
In the summer of 2013, I was ready to make my dream of flying paramotors a reality. With a little online research, I discovered Eric from Aviator PPG. I gave Eric a call and immediately felt right at home. Eric helped me pick the best gear for my needs and was very flexible to work with my somewhat tight schedule. About a week later, I was able to meet Eric for the first time at the EAA Airventure airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I could tell right away that he was super passionate about aviation, just like myself. After watching Eric fly, I was even more stoked to begin training with him.
About a week after Oshkosh, Eric and I met in his hometown of Lake Wales, Florida. Eric really made me feel like I was part of his family for my entire 10 day visit. Training began right away with an introduction to the equipment, general knowledge/regulations, and kiting. Eric is a natural teacher, as he is very calm, positive, and focused while instructing.
After about four days, I felt confident kiting and was ready for my first flight. Eric talked me through the entire flight, from launch to landing. I felt very safe under his instruction and followed everything he had taught me. The feeling of my first flight was truly amazing. For the remainder of my time at Aviator PPG, Eric and I worked on more advanced skills and shared many awesome flights. I loved every moment spent in the air, as Lake Wales is an insanely beautiful area to fly in. From the very beginning, Eric has been a great friend and incredible instructor. I would definitely recommend Aviator PPG to anyone looking to get into this awesome sport.
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