Nicholas Pierce has fond memories of flying in a Taylor Cub or Beechcraft Baron as a child, next to his grandfather Piedmont Airlines founder Tom Davis.
“We were always at the airport flying something,” said Pierce, who is a pilot for American Airlines. “He liked nothing better than flying his Cub on a nice day.”
Growing up in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jordan Thomas got his first taste of flying at a young age.
“I was probably 2 years old for my first flight,” said Thomas, a junior at Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus. “I remember the noise of the plane scared me, but I liked looking out of the window. Even to this day, I like looking out of the window when the plane is taking off and landing.”
Phyllis Jackson Parker (’83) remembers when she was one of only a few female black students attending the Daytona Beach Campus. She volunteered to be secretary for the Brothers of the Wind (BOW), Embry-Riddle's first African-American student organization, while she pursued her degree in aviation management.
Growing up in Nevada, Autumn Tueller watched the annual Reno National Championship Air Races from her grandparents’ backyard.
“The Air Races fueled my passion for the sky,” said the Prescott Campus student, whose grandparents are both private pilots.