Jeff Gentz and
daughter Rachel, 16 EAA Lifetime 156358 and EAA 558698. Hometown:
What do you do?
Jeff: Escort VIPs and help out at AeroShell Square.
Rachel: Help tow, wing walk, and park planes at Runway 13/31.
Rachel: 1st year.
Why do you do it?
Jeff: Camaraderie and the family atmosphere.
Rachel: Volunteering for AirVenture is in my family. There are so
many great opportunities when you volunteer.
Jeff: First officer and instructor pilot in the MD-11 at UPS.
Rachel: Student and aspiring nurseómaybe even a flight nurse.
Jeff: I wanted to fly since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
Rachel: I was born with flying in my blood. I think my first flight
was before I was bornómy mom was a flight attendant. Iím also working
towards my solo.
Who introduced you to flying?
Jeff: Phil Myrkle, Jim Casper, Lyle Wheeler, and Jim Barton. They took
me under their wing and also introduced me to EAA.
Rachel: My dad.
First airplane ride:
Jeff: Beechcraft Musketeer flying out of Oshkosh during the show. I
remember how short it was because I didnít want it to end.
Rachel: A Lear Jet. I was about two-years-old.
What aircraft do you own:
Any building aspirations?
Jeff: I do now after seeing my friends build theirs!
An AirVenture event you would run to
Jeff and Rachel: WhiteKnightTwo.
Most memorable AirVenture experience:
Jeff: Watching my 16-year-old daughter volunteer for the first time.
Rachel: Sitting in the front seat of a Thunderbird during a parade
What surprised you about AirVenture when
you first started to volunteer?
Jeff: The passing on of knowledge.
Rachel: How willing people are to teach you.
Favorite time of day at AirVenture:
Jeff: The morning when AirVenture is waking up to make new memories.
Rachel: When new planes come in. I love learning all about them.
Jeff: Flying Young Eagles. Rachel was my first Young Eagle, and my
daughter Abigail was my 300th.
I would love to have lunch with:
Jeff: Charles Lindbergh. I would ask him what it was like to cross the
ocean that everyone now flies in pressurized comfort.
Rachel: One of the WASP.
Who is an inspiration to you in
Jeff: All the guys that took me under their wing.
Rachel: My dad. He taught me to work hard and go after my dreams.
Advice to future volunteers:
Jeff: DO IT!
Rachel: I have no regrets.