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FIVE QUESTIONS

BY JULIE SUMMERS WALKER

NICK MORAN

HELICOPTER FLIGHT SCHOOL OPERATOR IN MAUI
NICK AND MEGAN MORAN GREW UP IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

and took their love of adventure first to New Zealand, where
they perfected their kite-flying skills, and then to Maui in
Hawaii to start their dream: a helicopter flight school. The couple loves to share their passion for Hawaii, and Nick offers not
just helicopter instruction but sightseeing, aerial photography,
and discovery flights. He's charismatic, upbeat, and a lot of fun
to fly with. "I love flying in Hawaii," he said. "It's truly amazing-whales, rainbows, waterfalls-and that's all within five
miles of the airport. It's also challenging flying conditions. On
Maui we have strong winds. The mountain valleys are always
changing as the clouds drift in and out and we have a lot of
water, waterfalls, oceans, streams. It's part of what keeps flying
so exciting and engaging." 

How did you get started in aviation? My dad was in the Navy
and flew jets and his twin brother, my uncle, flew helicopters.
My goal was to get my pilot's license before my driver's license
and I just about made it. I got my driver's license very shortly
before I finished my private pilot. I originally started with my
fixed-wing license and transitioned to helicopters. I love the
flexibility and diversity of helicopter flying.
What was your biggest challenge? Getting my first pilot job.
When you finish flight school as a new commercial pilot you
have around 200 hours. But most companies won't even look at
your résumé until you have at least 500 hours. The gap between
200 hours and 500 hours is huge. The second biggest challenge
was starting our flight school. When you are running an aviation
business there are a lot of elements to keep track of such as
scheduling aircraft maintenance, scheduling and coordinating schedules, figuring out marketing and social media for the
school, and then the entire business side like marketing and
social media, bookkeeping, and accounting. It isn't just all flying,
although the flying is the flashy part that everyone sees. 
What's your favorite aircraft? The Robinson R44 Raven
II, MD 500D, Pitts S-2, and the Cessna Citation X are my
top four. 
Do you have any advice for students? I have all my students complete and pass their written test early on in
their training. Everyone wants to fly first and while
that is the most exciting part, the book work is the
foundation of the knowledge you need to know. They
really do go hand in hand. Doing the groundwork before or
at least along with your in-air flight training will also set
you up to comprehend your flight training better.
Any tips for how to get started in an aviation
business? Get a side hustle in the aviation industry if you truly want to be a professional pilot.
It looks great on a résumé to have aviation-related skills and have experience working with
people. I know a lot of pilots just want to fly.
That's only a part of being a professional
pilot. Having good people skills, a great
attitude, and strong work ethic will take you
a long way in aviation. 

MIKE FIZER

goflymaui.com

AOPA.ORG/FT

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