Brandon_Sandstrom

Brandon_Sandstrom

I’m an aviation enthusiast obviously.
From the time I was sixteen up until the end of 2016 I worked as a marine technician, and eventually become a service manager. My family had always boated since I was little. Aviation had always been a interest of mine from my first flight on my uncles King air. Up until 2015 I didn’t think anything would ever come of it, I’m not well off nor is my family. So flight school or anything of the sort wasn’t really in the cards. I was always looking for flight apps to keep my curiosity going. Every app I downloaded was utter crap. No flight physics, and very much just a game. Then one day I came across Infinite Flight. I figured I’d give it a try, and was shocked at the physics. I played this sim for 2 years constantly until one day my now fiancé asked me if I was just going to play this game all the time or actually make it happen. I laughed, and said probably just play this game. Then I thought about how I actually could acquire a pilots license with my current situation. Being very mechanically inclined I figured I would try and see if anyone would be interested in trading my technical skills for flight time. A complete shot in the dark that I honestly didn’t think anyone would ever go for it. I mean seriously who would, but I figured that was my best hope. So I called around to the local FBO, flight clubs ect. Some laughed some wouldn’t even give me the time of day, go figure. So I asked my Snap on tool guy if he knew of anyone that may need some extra help since he was an A&P. Surprisingly he said yea he did. Later that week I got hooked up with my now employer. I worked for a little over a year after work for 3 or so hours a night after my regular job toward flight instruction. The more I was around it the more I was enthralled with it. In November 2016 I left my service manager position to get my A&P and work full time in the aviation industry. I’m very excited to be in the industry I’ve always dreamed of. I’m just about done with my PPL, and will be continuing the process there after.
Obtained my PPL 5/31/17 now on to an instrument rating.

IFATC Supervisor/Recruiter
USA private pilot
USA Certified Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic