Through the Lens: "Air" Myles

Young man's career search still up in the air

Summary: Spending the day at an airport isn't always a good thing, but for one young man with dreams set on becoming a pilot, it actually turned out to be pretty darn cool. Myles is a 16-year-old aspiring pilot, Morgan Adams Foundation Ambassador—and cancer survivor—who spent the day with Centennial Airport Executive Director Robert Olislagers, as part of his 9th grade career day assignment. With pen and paper in hand, Myles had little time for notes as his daylong visit took him from the top of the air traffic control building, to piloting a small plane along the Front Range, to walking through a futuristic passenger jet to marshalling and refueling arriving aircraft.

Pilot and co-pilot walf toward a small aircraft. ABOVE: Pilots know an early start means smooth skies. Myles, along with his pilot, Barry, begin an early morning pre-flight inspection on the Cessna 182P, on Centennial Airport's  jetCenter ramp. After a thorough walk-around, the two departed for a flight around the Denver area, to include a flyover of his home, school and father's favorite golf course. (PHOTO: Deborah Grigsby Smith)


A young man walks through a futuristic aircraft using virtual reality goggles. ABOVE: Myles, a Morgan Adams Foundation Ambassador—and aspiring pilot—walks through a futuristic supersonic passenger jet using virtual reality goggles. Centennial Airport-based Boom Aerospace opened its doors to the 16-year-old cancer survivor as part of his career day assignment for school. (PHOTO: Deborah Grigsby Smith)

A young manposes next to a poster.
ABOVE: Myles, a Morgan Adams Foundation Ambassador—and aspiring pilot—strikes a familiar pose at Centennial Airport-based XJet. (PHOTO: Deborah Grigsby Smith)


A young boy marshalls a jet aircraft to a parking position.
ABOVE: Myles, a Morgan Adams Foundation Ambassador "chocks" up some experience on the TACAir ramp, under the direction of TACAir operations manager Mike Welch, as he brings in an arriving jet as part of his Oct. 11 Career Day visit to Centennial Airport. (PHOTO: Deborah Grigsby Smith)


A young boy sits in the left seat of the Colorado governor's airplane.
ABOVE: It's not everyone that gets to sit left seat in Governor Hickenlooper's plane, but for Myles, a Morgan Adams Foundation Ambassador, it seems like a perfect fit—well, he may a couple of phone books. Myles got the grand tour of the Colorado State Patrol hangar, which is home to the governor's King Air. (PHOTO: Deborah Grigsby Smith)


A young boy flies a small aircraft from the right seat.
ABOVE: Just a bit of a course correction, there, Captain. Myles, a Morgan Adams Foundation Ambassador takes control of a Cessna 182P,  as part of his Oct. 11 Career Day visit to Centennial Airport. (PHOTO: Deborah Grigsby Smith)