Colton Tribby grew up in an aviation family – but that doesn’t mean that aviation, or being a pilot, was something he always dreamed of pursuing. Colton’s dad works in aviation, as a pilot for a private aircraft company, and after a bit of urging from his father to take a discovery flight, Colton decided to give it a try. Once he did, he decided to pursue aviation and hasn’t looked back since.
TAKEOFF CHECKLIST –
Favorite overnight city? New York City
Dream airport to fly into? Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France
Favorite plane flown? Embraer 175 or the Diamond DA-42
Dream airplane to fly? The next supersonic aircraft
Hardest rating to achieve? Instrument Rating
Favorite airport meal? LaGuardia’s Tony + Benny’s Breakfast Bowl (Hands down Corsair Cafe’s (at the Terre Haute Regional Airport) breakfast burrito if were talking about my time at LIFT)
Role model? My Dad!
Q: What made you want to be a pilot/what drew you to aviation?
Colton Tribby: I was around aviation a lot as a kid, but it never interested me. I went to college and really didn’t enjoy what I was doing. After taking a discovery flight, following my dad’s suggestion to get my private pilot’s license, I decided to leave college and pursue aviation.
Q: When were you a student at LIFT?
Colton: I was a student from February 2019 to February 2020.
Q: What was your experience like as a student? Instructor?
Colton: My experience at LIFT was great, my training was a lot of fun, I worked hard and I progressed quickly. Instructing had some long days, but in the end, it got me to where I am today and was worth it.
Q: What made you excited to go to Republic to fly?
Colton: The opportunity to fly a jet all over the country!
Q: What was training at Republic like?
Colton: Training was very fun and enjoyable, I felt supported and that I had the resources I needed to be successful throughout. I really had great classmates that I still keep in touch with.
Q: How did your education at LIFT prepare you for the airlines?
Colton: LIFT really prepared us for the flows and fast-paced training of the airlines.
Q: Did you feel like you had an advantage compared to others in your class because of your training at LIFT Academy?
Colton: Definitely. From day one of training at Republic, I noticed that many of the same terms are used. I already knew how to navigate Standard Operating Procedures and Flight Operation Manuals and the concepts of Normal Operations checklists and the use of Quick Reference Handbooks and Quick Reference Cards.
Q: What tools did you rely on the most during your training at Republic?
Colton: My classmates and instructors. Having classmates to practice procedures and callouts with was a huge help for me. Also instructors were always there to answer any questions and support us in our training.
Q: What is it like to be a commercial airline pilot?
Colton: Everything I dreamed it would be. Every flight is something new and I get to fly passengers in a jet across the country and get paid to do it!
Q: What do you have to look forward to in your career as a pilot?
Colton: The opportunity to gain new knowledge and be the best pilot I can be.