Adam Caudill, a former Elkin High graduate and licensed pilot, returned to Elkin to give an inspiring presentation to Elkin Middle School students on Oct. 20.
Caudill’s visit complemented the eighth grade’s reading of the novel “Touch the Sky” in Shannon Swaim’s English class and served as a follow-up to Capt. Irving Barrington’s Flying Classroom visit earlier in the month.
Caudill described his ongoing ambition to be a pilot beginning when he was in middle school. While a junior at Elkin High School, Caudill began to learn how to fly at Elkin Municipal Airport and earned his private pilot’s license. After he graduated, Caudill attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, for two years where he earned his instrument rating. He then returned back to Elkin Municipal Airport to earn his commercial pilot’s license in May 2017.
Caudill is training in pursuit of his certified flight instructor rating at Fly Carolina at Concord Regional Airport, where he will have a job flight instructing once his training is completed. A student at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte majoring in business, he recently completed his commercial pilot’s license requirements and hopes to receive his flight instructor’s certificate.
Throughout the presentation, Caudill expressed his love of flying and shared beautiful photographs from his travels around the southeastern United States in his small plane.
He explained to students how he chose which flight school he wanted to attend, and how it took time to find the right school for him which was affordable and effective. He encouraged students to follow their passions and work hard to reach their goals.
After college graduation, Caudill plans to work as an airline pilot.
Lauren and Krista Bryant are English students at Elkin High School.