I have dreamed of being a pilot since I was very young. At age 17 I earned my private pilot's license and began my journey as a pilot. A year later, with diligence and help from friends and family, I earned my commercial license. In October (at age 21), I earned my flight instructor certificate, allowing me to instruct and help others become pilots. I worked for a local flight school for two months, but due to personal reasons the owner sold the aircraft and closed the flight school. This left me without a job or an aircraft to instruct in. At that point I decided to start my own flight school in an area where the industry had just disappeared. The biggest problem is that an aircraft is not easy to come by, and getting start-up capitol would be challenge. That is why I am asking for $60,000 to start a flight school. This money would cover the cost of a training aircraft ($35K to $45K), insurance costs, hangar fees, access to classroom space, necessary aviation equipment, and initial marketing. This business would benefit a large portion of southern Colorado that does not have any flight training institutions, including the immediate area of Canon City and Fremont County. Other local instructors would also benefit by having an airplane to instruct from as well. The amount I am asking for is enough to purchase an aircraft and start the school. My vision is to eventually become a primary resource for flight training in southern Colorado with multiple aircraft serving a wide variety of training needs. I would be extremely grateful for any contributions to my project. As a young pilot in a career where seniority means everything, this is a great opportunity for me to get a good solid start in the aviation industry.