Hi everyone! My name is Nicholas Walsingham (wall-sing-ham AKA dances with pigs AKA Walsinghammer
the tank commander AKA The Hammer), and I was born in Tucson, AZ but consider myself an all-American kind of kid.
I moved almost every two years until I reached high school since my dad was in the Air Force and have lived all over the U.S., from the Carolinas to California. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, I
was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and began my eight-year career in the military, retiring as a Captain.
Towards the end of that career, a friend of mine suggested I go with him to take a discovery flight at a little airport in North Carolina by the name of Grey's Creek (2GC for those interested in looking it up, it is small). From the moment I landed after that discovery flight, I knew I had to continue flying for the rest of my life, or I would go crazy. I decided then and there to finish my contract with the Army and change
careers to become a pilot.
I completed my PPL training in North Carolina and decided that upon my exit from the military, I would like to return home and continue my training which eventually led me to Red Rock Flight School. I started flight training at a part 61 school and loved the one-on-one instruction and down-to-earth vibes these schools exuded. Therefore, picking Red Rock was an easy choice for me as both a student and instructor since they
shared this attitude.
My hobbies include just about any sport with a board attached to my feet (snowboarding, wakeboarding, and hopefully wake surfing here soon), playing guitar, spending time with my dog Bella, and traveling! Honestly, traveling is another huge factor in why I became a pilot, free travel!!
I hope to fly for UPS or FedEx one day and own my own aerobatic flight school on the side. The greatest hour of flying I have had so far was doing spin training for my CFI rating and getting the instructor to show me some aerobatic moves afterward for fun. There is no better feeling than looking at the earth from the sky in an open cockpit plane.
One of the coolest places I have ever been to is the
Dead Sea in Jordan. That was also the only time I've ever been able to float without assistance. I've also been to the Azores, Portugal, throughout Mexico, Rome, and London. I would highly recommend the Azores as their scenery is drop-dead beautiful and the food is insanely delicious!