EAA 650 members got together on Saturday, January 14 to give a send-off to Jason Ideus as he progresses up the ladder in his aviation career. We all knew he would do so, one of these months very soon, but it didn't make it any easier to say adieu to him. Jason was given a very good offer (as well he should have been given!) by Pinnacle Airlines, an airline whose system is tied in to Northwest Airlines. He'll be training in Memphis and soon fly the beautiful regional jets -- check out how Northwest's look at www.nwairlink.com.
Official business verbiage about Pinnacle says the company "...provides airline capacity to Northwest Airlines, Inc, at its hub airports in Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Memphis. As of May 3, 2005, the company operated an all-jet fleet of 130 Canadair Regional Jets and offers scheduled passenger service with 682 daily departures to 111 cities in 36 states and 4 Canadian provinces. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee."
Jason's stellar flying and his teaching qualities have touched many of us.
When a person decides to take on flying lessons, and asks who to train with, area pilots say emphatically: "Jason Ideus." When a pilot moves to the Bloomington area, and asks who is the best instructor to go up with to learn common practices for the field and area quirks, and EVERYONE says, "Oh, you want to fly with Jason Ideus." ...well, that says it all.
We know Jason will do fabulously. We know he hasn't even come close to reaching the pinnacle he'll reach in his aviation career.
Jason, first, thank you for being a stellar instructor, fine pilot and an all around good guy. You've served BMG, IU, and the EAA Chapter quite well. Second, as so many of us told you, "Don't forget us little guys when you're one of the big guys. We want you to come back and see us at every chance." Finally, Jason, please accept a hearty and heartful congratulations from all of us.