When aviation is mentioned, most people think of the airlines, corporate flying and the small aircraft that fly in and around our local airport.
The world of general aviation is much more extensive than these few areas and careers. The exploration of the many possibilities in general aviation careers is one of the main objectives for the Pagosa Spring Venturing Crew.
In March, the Pagosa Springs Venturing Crew was fortunate to have Bob Hite speak on his aviation experiences with the media in the U.S. and in Haiti.
Hite is a former Marine Corps combat correspondent, Coast Guard licensed captain, deep sea diver, horseman and marksman.
Currently, Hite is working on his private pilot’s certificate at Pagosa Springs Stevens Field.
Bob was at the anchor desk of News Channel 8, Tampa, Florida for 28 years before retiring and moving to Pagosa Springs.
Here he works on freelance projects developing, shooting and editing documentaries and other special news projects. Hite recently returned from Haiti after completing one such project.
At the Pagosa Springs Venturing Crew meeting, Hite showed several of his documentaries and news stories he developed that involved the use of general aviation.
One documentary was completed approximately 15 years ago, when Hite was in Haiti working on a story about a Florida-based missionary flight that services families in Haiti — Agape Flight. Other stories included a most unusual “medical” rescue he was involved in and another in which he thought may had been his last flight. Hite also shared his flight experiences with the Blue Angels. His emphasis was that flying is not exclusive to the corporate or airline pilots. Aviation is used in number of professions. Here Hite shared how he was able to combine his career in media production and his love of flying.
Some of the upcoming activities the Pagosa Springs Venturing Crew will be sponsoring are a May/June Pilot Fun Day with Spot Landing and Flour Drop Competitions, a May 16 Airport Fly-in and Sept. 12 air races. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 13 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Anyone interested in learning more about the Pagosa Springs Venturing Crew, please contact Anne Kautzky at (970) 903-7718, or Bill McKown at 731-3060.