Do you ever find yourself staring into the blue sky watching the contrails of an airliner as it pushes its way across the heavens? Would you rather spend your days at the end of a runway watching aircraft takeoff and land than sit behind a desk? Do you find it impossible to not look up when you hear the roar of a jet engine pass overhead? If you answered yes to these questions, you probably have an aviation addiction. So what do you do about it? There are all kinds of careers available in the field of aviation just waiting to be filled by people like you. If you aren’t happy with just one job in this exciting industry, do what Stephen Tupper (aka “Stephen Force”) did and find a way to do several!
Stephen Force is the unique identity branded by tech and aviation lawyer Stephen Tupper. Mr. Tupper knew that he loved aviation, but didn’t want to anchor himself to one small niche of the field. Instead, he has created a multi-media venture dedicated to aviation education and entertainment and has been able to fly a wide array of aircraft in the process. The Stephen Force brand is part of the Airspeed media network that can be followed at www.airspeedonline.com.
Steve kicked off his flying career in 2006 when he found himself on a VIP flight in the backseat of Thunderbird 8, an F-16D. Instead of just checking the experience off of his bucket list, he chose to share it with the aviation community via podcast and blog. He has since branched out to aviation video and is currently working on several projects with the objective of bringing the flying experience to the masses. One of Steve’s most recent undertakings is the co-writing and musical scoring of an independent film called “A Pilot’s Story.” (You can watch the trailer here: http://www.apilotsstory.com/)
When Steve isn’t writing music, podcasting (is that a verb?), filming, or writing about aviation, he can be found at the controls of any number of aircraft. In the pursuit of his various ventures Steve has logged time in all kinds of aircraft. The following is a list of planes he has logged time in: C-152, PA-12 (on floats), American Champion Citabria Aurora, American Champion Super Decathlon, C-172, C-172RG, PA-28 (151, 161, and 181), C-182T, PA-23-150, T-6A Texan II, Ford Tri-Motor, Cessna 510 (Citation Mustang), DC-3, T-38A, and F-16D.
And if that isn’t enough, Steve volunteers as a search and rescue pilot with the Civil Air Patrol.
So for those of you out there wondering what to do about a job in the flying world and are unsure if you want to sign on with the military or an airline, take a lesson from Steve. All it takes is a little creativity and a lot of tenacity and you can get paid to do what you love to do.