The next time you find yourself at Chicago O’Hare, make sure to wander past Gate C17. If you’re lucky, you just might catch GoJet Captain Billy Hock serenading passengers with his piano playing skills. Captain Hock is a regular feature at C17, where he often unwinds between flights by performing on the piano.
Captain Hock is a lifelong music enthusiast and has been playing the piano since he was a child. While he envisions a lifelong aviation career for himself, he always makes time for his first love – music. “I always plan on flying planes professionally, but music is my first passion,” he explains.
A piano playing pilot isn’t something that you see every day, and passengers have been known to share photos and videos of his playing via social media. Passengers have also reached out to him directly to tell him how much they enjoyed and appreciated his playing. One post to his Facebook wall says:
Thank you for the Chopin, it was heavenly and made my delay in ORD worth it. Would have loved to dance to it if I was alone. Keep sharing the beauty you see and feel.
When he’s not flying airplanes or entertaining passengers on the piano, Captain Hock composes and performs his own original piano compositions, which are available on iTunes. And his musical talents don’t stop at the piano – he also plays saxophone and guitar!
We’re proud that the multi-talented Captain Hock is part of the GoJet family. We love it when our employees use their creativity to make unique connections with the world around them!