What: Aviation Career Day
When: Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Grove Field Airport, 632 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas
Contact: 281-8720 or visit www.cwaagrovefield.org
Michael Gonzalez remembers when he first became interested in airplanes. He was 8 years old when he met an F16 fighter pilot in Arizona.
Years later as a junior at Camas High School, Gonzalez applied for a Camas-Washougal Aviation Association scholarship and flew with pilot Doug Anderson in a Piper J3Cub.
“Ever since then, my mind was made up – this was something I wanted to do,” he said.
That flight to Mount St. Helens, followed by meeting additional pilots at Grove Field Airport, further “planted the seed” of interest in an aviation career, Gonzalez said.
While attending CHS and Clark College, he was a sales clerk at Lutz Hardware, in downtown Camas. Gonzalez earned his private pilot license, with Dave Luse as his flight instructor.