Hello! I am Hanson Luo, a licensed private pilot based in Boston, MA. As the grandson of a fighter jet mechanic, I have aviation in my blood. I’ve been interested in planes and aerospace for a long time. Like many young boys, inspired by Top Gun, I was obsessed with fighter jet magazines and dreamed of being a pilot. Flying seemed so cool and fun, and it was something that none of my friends had ever tried. But, growing up in China, where there are only ~3,317 total general aviation aircrafts (compared to ~211,000 in the US in 2019), I did not have a chance to make my dream come true.
I came to the United States for college in 2013, but the timing still wasn’t right for me to pursue my private pilot’s license. My schedule as a full-time computer engineering student and a part-time real estate agent kept me too busy, and I wasn’t ready to commit so much money to my expensive hobby. However, by 2019, I was fortunate enough to have saved up enough funds and found enough time to freely pursue my aviation dream. That’s when I enrolled at East Coast Aero Club, New England’s largest pilot school.
Since then, I’ve spent 76.9 engine hours polishing my maneuvering, takeoffs, landings, and emergency recoveries in the sky, plus 400+ hours on the ground studying numerous dry topics, such as aircrafts, aerospace, weather, navigation, communication, and more. In total, I have done over 150 take-offs and landings as a student pilot.
In October of 2020, I finally earned my Private Pilot License. It’s something I’m immensely proud of, and a passion I’m excited to share with others, whether it’s through bringing more passengers into the sky, seeking local frequent flyers, helping student pilots acquire their Private Pilot License, or just sharing my story with other aviation enthusiasts.