Mike Goulian was recently featured on NBC’s Today Show. They profile non-traditional careers in a series called “Moonlighting”.
For this episode, Goulian took Today correspondent Ann Curry up for a demo in an Extra 300L and had her flying a primary level sequence after only one flight.
The media so often portrays general aviation in a poor light, sensationalizing even the most routine gear up landing as a near-death event. And that goes double for aerobatic and airshow stories. So it’s nice to watch Ms. Curry really enjoy herself and connect with the passion so many of us feel for this thing called flying. She starts off by noting that airshow pilots often seem “at the edge of their sanity”, but by the end of the segment has learned that Goulian and his ilk are a reminder that “not giving up on your true passion can lead to a life of joy.”
It’s very well produced, almost as if AOPA had put it together rather than a mainstream news program. Watch it here.
Today seems to be one of the few media outlets to treat general aviation decently. I wonder if someone on their staff is a pilot. Whatever the reason, I hope they keep up the good work.