Nolan Kutzman is now an official pilot at age 18, having earned his private pilot license last week.
When most parents try to keep their children out of the clouds, Nolan’s parents Jason and April have allowed theirs to reach for them.
Nolan knew he wanted to fly since he was 12 years old, after hearing wondrous stories his grandfather John Kutzman- a pilot- would tell. When Nolan got old enough, it didn’t surprise his mom and dad that was exactly where their son would head.
We are very blessed to be Nolan’s parents,” said April. “I’m not sure what we have done to create such a driven young man, but we are blessed he is.”
“I love flying,” said Nolan. “You feel so free and it’s amazing. You are up there all alone and it’s truly beautiful.”
Nolan may have reached his dream of earning his pilot’s license, but he’s not done yet, as he plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University in the fall to study aviation. Nolan won’t be truly fulfilled with his career path until he is flying much bigger planes.
“I want to be a commercial pilot,” said Nolan, who will eventually be certified in instrumental, multi-engine and then commercial by the time his four years at Eastern are done.
Nolan is a 2014 graduate of Logan County High School where he has spent the last four years as a Marching Cougar. He is also a 2nd lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He will be commanding the State Kentucky Wing Encampment this summer with 200 students under his guidance. Nolan is looking forward to learning more about flying and where it will someday take him.