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Updated: 2/19 6:41 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Having a strong fear of flying is something many people have.

Just the thought of lifting off can be quite frightening for some but imagine having that fear and becoming a pilot.

A 27 year old Tupelo resident recently discovered, through aviation, that he can rise above any challenging situation life throws at him.

Timothy Thompson recalls his first ever flight.

"I was sitting out my seat not looking out the window I was saying Lord please don't let it fall, don't let it fall, and finally the guy just says shut up, your making me nervous man and he hands me the controls and after that I was completely hooked," said Timothy Thompson, pilot.

Ever since that day, Thompson has been in aviation, first starting as a lineman where he fueled airplanes.

Now some 13 years later, he's been a pilot for six and half years.

"He was able to do it through contacts and friends he made out here at the airport," said David Smith, general manager Tupelo Aviation Unlimited. "He's been here for ten plus years feuling airplanes, and he's still here part time feuling airplanes."

Becoming a full time pilot can be quite the challenge, everything from the risk you take to expenses, to simply the amount of time it takes, but after years of training this pilot says it's worth every second you have and every penny it cost.

"Just simply the idea of being in the sky. Your up there by yourself and you've got control of an airplane," said Thompson.

After achieving his pilots license in 2007, Tim has not remained idol in fact right now he is working on obtaining a hiring classification when it comes to aviation this way he can behind the controls of larger aircraft.

"Goals are only as far away as your willing to reach for them and aviation is my goal," said Thompson. "I've got that out the way and I'm going to continue to enjoy that as long as I can."

Becoming a pilot affords him the chance to be a role model and an example to the next generation that if you put your mind to it, anything is obtainable even in the field of aviation.

"I know they have watched aviation movies like I have so I'm just trying to see is there a thought about flying an airplane has it ever crossed the mind and if it has crossed the mind well I'm in a perfect opportunity to present that to him," said Thompson.

Each time he take's to the skies he's reminded of where he's come from and how the field of aviation has brought him success in an adventorous profession.

Currently he flies a Beachcraft Bonanza A36 aircraft.
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