Fourteen-year-old Kevin Cole received the opportunity of a lifetime when he spent a day alongside GoJet Airlines Captain Jason DuVernay. Kevin received an exclusive look inside of GoJet’s headquarters, St. Louis Lambert International Airport’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower, the GoJet maintenance hangar, and Flight Safety International’s Learning Center. Read more to learn how the aspiring aviator was first introduced to airplanes, about his experience meeting GoJet’s pilot leadership team, and his plans for the future.
It was Kevin’s father, Aaron Cole, a cargo agent with Southwest Airlines, who first exposed him to airplanes.
“My interest in aviation started when my Dad and I flew to Southwest’s headquarters in Dallas. While we were there, I saw a lot of airplanes fly above my head and I became fascinated with them. After seeing the airplanes take off, I knew I wanted to become a pilot.” Kevin Cole said.
Kevin met GoJet Manager of Pilot Recruiting Zenia Bharucha and Pilot Recruiters, Lindsey Ellis and Sydney Ditzler at the St. Louis Air Show. The three ladies were impressed by Kevin’s extensive knowledge of aviation, which is what led to his visit at our headquarters. While at the event, Kevin recognized GoJet as an airline he’s admired and also through his flight tracking app that he pays close attention to each day.
“I get excited watching for CRJ model airplanes on my app,” Kevin said. “GoJet’s impressive fleet of CRJ700s and 900s is one of the main reasons I’d like to fly with this team one day. After gaining commercial aviation experience, I’d love to fly for an international airline like Korean Air.”
Kevin enjoyed spending the day with Captain DuVernay and touring various aviation facilities within GoJet and around St. Louis. He learned a lot during his visit and is more than excited to fly with GoJet some day.
“Today, it was so exciting to see how GoJet’s pilot team operates and how the ATC Tower receives signals once an airplane lands,” Kevin said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that GoJet is the company for me to launch my career.
GoJet offers a variety of programs for current and aspiring pilots. One of the programs GoJet offers for student pilots enrolled in a professional airline training program is the Wingman Pipeline Program. To learn more about the program, click here: https://bit.ly/2y09rIq.