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Asian Pacific Islander Spotlight: Rick Apostol

Name: Rick Apostol
Involvement at Flight Path: Volunteer

What brought you to volunteer at Flight Path Museum LAX?

I had an interest in aviation as a child and later in life I decided to take flying lessons but never finished. I really liked the general aviation environment seeing the planes, the airfield, the sky, clouds and feeling the wind gave me such a peaceful feeling. Since then I find myself going to the airfield just to relax. I realized I wanted stay around and decided to find groups and organizations that worked around the airport.

I joined the EAA young eagles program that introduced kids to their first flying experience. It was a real treat looking at their smiling faces discovering the wonders of flight. I enjoyed talking to the kids and parents hearing how much they appreciated this experience. As much as the small planes were nice to look at. I wanted to see the bigger planes with the jet engines. I visited the Flight Path Museum back in 2009 and was really impressed that it was located on the airfield and the air traffic was bustling with all types of jets parading, taking off and landing really close to you. I felt the same kind of feeling as i did in the smaller airport. Since then, I would occasionally visit when time allowed to get my airplane fix. I’m a volunteer now at the museum and I’m grateful they have taken me aboard. I hope to continue to educate people about the beauty of flight.

What excites you about the Aviation industry?

I really like the technical aspects of aviation. When I see the planes on final approach, I look at the flaps, glide path and the wind speed. My workplace lies underneath where flight paths converge and I watch and observe the airlines on their finals to LAX. I notice that some planes lower their landing gears earlier than other planes. I think they are the conservative pilots. Other planes come in faster and their landing gears may come down closer to landings.

As a member of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, what does that mean to you?

As a Filipino/American, I have been grateful for the opportunities and graciousness of people in the aviation community that I have encountered throughout the years.

What advice would you give the next generation looking to enter the aviation industry?

I would tell them to start early if you can and stay with it. You will develop other interests in your life and if aviation sticks around much longer than the others then it’s your passion.

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