Today we’d like to introduce you to Gregory Luckett.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Gregory. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I always had a thing for creating my own lane and trailblazing my own path. Where I come from people didn’t even know aviation mechanics even existed including myself although I’ve always been interested in airplanes and the way it works, I’d never thought I was good or smart enough To actually choose the career field I’m in today.
Growing up in the inner cities of LA it’s easy to get distracted by the gang culture, the pretty girls, the fast money, etc but I knew it was deeper than that. My mother worked two jobs and my father worked at the Post Office so I come from a family that don’t mind getting their hands dirty. I wasn’t the most academically sound student, I had a 2.8 gpa at best when I went to community college I found myself hustling the football players with “janky dice” better known as trick dice.
I had a newborn son and was working two jobs. Exhausted and frustrated I had to figure out what I was going to do with my life. I knew I was destined for success but how? Then one day laying on my bed it hit me. “IM GOING TO BE AN AVIATION MAINTENANCE MECHANIC”. I knew it was going to be a challenge, I knew it was going to be uncomfortable, and I knew I was going to feel like I didn’t belong. While going to school there were plenty of times I didn’t understand what was going on, I Kept doubting myself and even almost quit. But the main thing was I didn’t. I was persistent, patient and paid my dues.
I went into hibernating mode for a year and a half studying for my exams to get my airframe and Powerplant license. No fun, no going on dates, just pure dedication to my grind. After all the bumps and detours I finally received my A&P license and it was totally worth everything I went through. I want the youngins that come from the inner-city ghettos and that’s trying to figure their life out that there is light at the end of that tunnel. Long as you work hard, remain persistent and have that vision you’ll be able to achieve that goal.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not at all. You’re going to feel every emotion on your mission. There were times I wanted to quit, depressed, lonely, self-doubt. I have been through detours after detours, speed bumps after speed bumps, but on your road to success, these are things you’ll have to endure. You got to have tunnel vision on your mission. You have to already believe it in your mind body and soul that you’re going to achieve your goal. It’s the only way
Tell us more about your work.
I am an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic at Robinson Helicopter Company located in Torrance California. I assemble different helicopters components together and install them on R22/R44/R66 helicopters. This is something I take pride in, I want the customers to feel the satisfaction of their Helicopter. I want the pilots to feel safe while flying these helicopters.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is doing what you love to do and get paid A lot of money for it lol. Success is looking in the mirror and being happy with the person you’re staring at. Success is your mom and dad telling you how proud they are of you. Success is keeping your mental/physical health in check. Success is inspiring the youngings that come from where you come from.
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