Experienced pilot soars as intern at Louisa Airport

Virgil Hill waits on customers at the Louisa County Airport, assisting pilots with fuel, directions and other needs, as well as helping Bob Vandervliet at Central Virginia Flight Services operate his flight school.

Virgil Hill waits on customers at the Louisa County Airport, assisting pilots with fuel, directions and other needs, as well as helping Bob Vandervliet at Central Virginia Flight Services operate his flight school.

Looking for an internship to complete his college education requirement landed Virgil Hill at the Louisa County Airport earlier this spring.

Hill, who has lived in Louisa County for the past six years, is a 20-year member of the Virginia Army National Guard.  In February 2011 he was deployed to Iraq, and that June had to be medically evacuated because of what was thought to be a mild stroke.

“As it turned out, I actually have back and neck issues that mimicked stroke symptoms,” Hill said.

After returning home, Hill became part of the Warrior Transition Unit, where he received medical treatment while being encouraged to finish his college education.

“I needed to also have a work site as part of the program,” said Hill, who majored in government and public policy online at Liberty University.  “So, I contacted the Louisa County administration and talked with Sherry Vena about a placement.  I found out they needed help at the airport, so this is where I ended up.”

The placement fit well with Hill, an experienced pilot who flew Blackhawks while in the military.  The Chief Warrant Officer 3 is also trained as a commercial instrument pilot and has been flying since 1984 and in the army since 1990.

To read the entire story, see the Aug. 1 edition of The Central Virginian.

By tcvnews
Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm