Pilot Profile: Dale Aliberti
- Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Connecticut. However, I have also lived in Nevada and now Massachusetts.
- How did you hear about ATC?
I learned about Above the Clouds through a mutual friend. I was on a trip in Florida and began discussing where I was from, my work and other interests. After bringing up my passion for volunteerism, my friend mentioned the wonderful work that was being done right in my own back yard. I emailed Martha and Gary the next day to see how I could become involved.
- What is something most people don’t know about you?
Before realizing that a career as a pilot was an achievable goal, I wanted to be a sports broadcaster for ESPN. To this day I am a passionate sports fan and enjoy playing golf and skiing.
- What do you love about flying?
Flying offers a sensation of freedom that you can’t get anywhere else. No matter how many times I take off, the ability to look out the window and see the world move by from above brings me absolute joy.
- How long have you been a pilot?
I began taking flying lessons in 2012 as a freshman in college. I have been flying professionally since 2014 and am excited for the long career ahead. (Only 40 short years until retirement)
- What made you want to become a pilot?
I have always loved airplanes, trucks, trains, really anything with a loud engine that moved. In high school, while researching career options, I came to the realization that this love really hadn’t faded. Embarrassing at the time? Yes. However I soon realized that I was only a few short years away from turning this passion into a career. I have been enjoying the ride ever since.
- How do you think ATC is changing lives?
With so much negativity in the world today, it is refreshing to see how a small group of people can come together to create so much joy. I could never have anticipated the amount of love that ATC and its volunteers provide to those in need. I have seen first hand how a smile and simple conversation can turn a child’s day into one that he or she will never forget.
- Is there something I haven’t asked you that you would like to say about ATC?
I am passionate about aviation and helping others. However, I truly did not understand the impact that the work ATC would have on the children. ATC is made up of an incredible group of leaders, mentors and volunteers and I am excited to be a part of it.
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