Mike Trahan has written several books about his life. This interview is short, but sweet, and should give you an idea about the way Mike writes. He does not take writing lightly– like his flying– he has worked hard to put his books together and all of them are interesting. You can find his books on Amazon.
How did you know you wanted to be a pilot?
I became fascinated with airplanes at a very early age. If I were put in a room full of toys, I would always go to the airplane toys first. I just thought airplanes were the most beautiful things in the world.
What would be your biggest piece of advice be to young pilot?
Decide what kind of flying you want to do and go for it! If you are qualified, there is no better flying in the world than military flying. I would recommend that first. Then you can decide whether to stay in the military for a career or do some other kind of flying. If the military is not an option for you, go to an accredited aviation college and get a degree in aviation as well as your pilot certificates.
How did you know which stories to focus on in your book?
I picked stories that focused on my flying career and the people who helped me along the way – my instructors, mentors, etc. I tried to include the most interesting flights.
How has flying changed your life?
I was one of the fortunate people who got to do what he loved doing for a living. It was a long, hard road getting there, but it was worth it. I have memories that will stay with me forever, thanks to my experiences as a pilot. I would do it all over again if I could.