NEW GARDEN – When Thomas McAdoo of Kennett Square was young, he was captivated by airplanes. He often watched planes fly over his house and one day dreamed of not only flying, but also teaching others how to fly.
That day has come. McAdoo recently graduated as a Certified Flight Instructor at New Garden Flying Field and currently teaches at New Garden Flight Connection. He is also an advisor to
Future Aviator‘s Camp, helping aspiring pilots get closer to their aviation goals.
For McAdooo, the turning point came when he was 11 when his parents enrolled him at the Future Aviator’s Camp at New Garden Flying Field. He returned to camp for the next three summers and began to accumulate hours in his logbook.
As a teenager, McAdoo was hired as a lineman to help out on weekends helping customers, refueling incoming and outgoing planes, and doing other duties the flight school needed. He also volunteers as a counselor at Summer Future Aviator’s Camp.
At 17, under the tutelage of Jimmy Reagan, McAdoo earned his private certification, including his Tailwheel, High Performance, and Complex Aircraft endorsements. Soon after, he obtained his instrument rating and by his 18th birthday he had obtained his commercial pilot certificate.
McAdoo said his advice to aspiring pilots is to never give up on dreams.