March 5, 2018
CFI-in-training wants to pass his passion for aviation on to others.
Photo courtesy of Randy Adams.
Randy Adams has always been interested in general aviation, but never had the means or time to get into it. At least not until five years ago when, inspired by an airshow he was attending, he walked into a Part 141 school at the airfield and started asking questions about getting a pilot’s certificate. A year later, he had his discovery flight. He earned his private certificate within a year of that, and immediately began instrument rating training.
From his home airport, McClellan-Palomar (KCRQ), he started flying as much as he could. He didn’t care if he was taking his buddies to breakfast at another airport or flying the family to Park City, Utah for the weekend. He wanted to log as many hours as he could. The point of the commercial license he’s working on now isn’t to generate revenue. It’s simply to keep flying and become a CFI to pass on the passion to others.
At first, his wife couldn’t understand why he was investing all the time and money into becoming a pilot. “What are you doing?!” she asked. But when he started flying the family on trips to places like Vegas, Santa Barbara, and Park City, she started to appreciate the utility of having an airplane.
When Randy decided it was time to purchase, he wanted something that was reasonably fast but approachable, big enough to carry his family and their bags, and still have decent range. He looked at Cessna 210s, but landed on the A36 Bonanza that a friend owned. He had flown the aircraft a couple of times and loved it.
Randy admits he was a little intimidated by the prospect of financing the A36 Bonanza when he first reached out to AOPA Finance. But Brian Macbean became his dedicated finance specialist and walked him through the entire process. He says “Brian was patient, with no pressure on me to make a decision, but very responsive, always quick to reply to emails and return phone calls. He made the whole process super easy and straightforward.”
Whether you are financing your first aircraft like Randy, or taking the next step to a more sophisticated aircraft, AOPA Finance is ready to walk you through each step of the process. If you need a dependable source of financing or refinancing with people who are on your side, just call 800.62.PLANE (75263) or visit the website.