I cannot see my future without aviation in it. When I say that, one hundred percent of my heart goes into those words. Ever since I was little, I can remember running around the PROPS flying field and being mesmerized by all the different airplanes. I still feel the same joy and excitement that aviation brought me over 30 years ago, and my passion has only gotten stronger with time. I owe my wings to three men: my dad, Rodney Darling, who showed me his passion and the history of aviation; Raymond Swaney, who was always there to encourage me, and Bobby Finsterwald who has helped me to earn my wings. Time has changed since the 1980’s but the field, the dreams and the guys who fly there have not.