With a passion for aviation, Chuck Ferguson is a veteran combat pilot and present day commercial airline first officer. He brings forth a spirit of dedication and devotion to his passion and profession, that being aviation, that is second to none.
Chuck’s professional trajectory has exemplified how an adherence to a strong work ethic combined with a zeal to succeed pays huge dividends in one’s life. A favorite story of Chuck’s comes from his early years in aviation. It recounts how he had some hurdles to overcome in military flight school only to become among the top in his class when he finished his specialized F-16 fighter training.
Chuck’s professional trajectory has exemplified how an adherence to a strong work ethic combined with
a zeal to succeed pays huge dividends in one’s life. A favorite story of Chuck’s comes from his early years in aviation. It recounts how he had some hurdles to overcome in military flight school only to become among the top in his class when he finished his specialized F-16 fighter training. Dedication, consistency, and focus are the main pillars that Chuck has used in his life. They have guided him in his rise from civilian pilot, through military flight school, to F-16 training, throughout his military flying career and all the way to his commercial pilot certification.
Viewing the chronology of Chuck’s professional development demonstrates how an underlying passion for what one plans to do for a living fuels one’s inner resolve during moments of adversity. It very much echoes the spirit and drive commonly found in an entrepreneur.
Chuck inspires trust and confidence in his flight skills. Not only due to his nearly 3,000 aggregate flight hours on multiple classes of aircraft, but also by how he describes the essence of being a pilot. Hearing Chuck talk about aviation is akin to hearing an artist rave about his art form, or a business owner talk about his enterprise. Chuck is able to relay his passion and professionalism in such a way that aviation enthusiasts and newbies alike can appreciate and understand.
Just by listening to Chuck one can respect the countless amount of initial and continuous training that is required to be a military and commercial pilot. He equates the constant practice and repetition associated with aviation training as the bedrock for safely handling any airborne emergency. His genuineness and honesty is sufficient for anybody listening to Chuck to transpose the core of his message to whatever passion and profession they may have. Chuck frequently cites the Japanese proverb, “fall down 100 times, get up 101,” to illustrate the tenacity and perseverance that one develops when one sees something through to fruition.
Chuck is inspirational and gleams insight into the exciting world of aviation as he also formulates a construct that we can all understand and apply to our own lives. Having risen from the enlisted ranks in the Air Force to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the time of his military retirement, he is a prime example of someone who is personally driven. He illustrates how one’s passion can be the root of your formation when you are young — the source of your livelihood throughout adulthood — and the source of your joy in the form of your hobby. In Chuck’s case not only has he been a fighter pilot, military flight school instructor and commercial pilot, but he also flies hot air balloons as a hobby in his spare time.
Currently a first officer at Virgin America flying A320 aircraft, Chuck also attends air shows where he enjoys talking about and sharing his passion for aviation with others who are interested.
Chuck Ferguson is one of those people that is a pleasure to hear speak and from whom a lot can be learned — not just about aviation, but about following your own passion in business and in life. Chuck can be contacted via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/chuckferguson1
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