Jon Hyams has had a dream to become a professional pilot since he was 8 or 9 years old. His passion has shaped his life in every aspect. For as long as he can remember, he has been trying to get as close as he could to aviation. He says:
I remember getting through a field to a near air-force-base to get as close as possible to the start of the runway, looking up and feeling the roar of an F-16 and F-15 engines while landing, shaking me to the core with excitement. On Fridays I rode on my bicycle for 50 miles to LLBG to get as close as possible to gaze at the marvelous and mesmerizing passenger jets taking-of and landing at the Aerodrome.
Even while in the Israeli Army, Jon wanted to be close to aircraft and wanted to be a helicopter mechanic, even though none of his friends understood his desire. He has been using flight simulators since age 13, and X-Plane was always his favorite as it felt the most realistic.
Unfortunately Jon is not able to fulfill his dream to be a professional pilot as he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome coupled with additional problems that prevent it. He is coming to terms with it since he is able to realize his dream virtually by using advanced PC hardware and the X-Plane simulator. He’s taking his virtual flying seriously with quality add ons, Saitek hardware, and the dedication of his time. He’s reading all the FAA handbooks and manuals he can get, and taking the tests to be qualified for ratings.
He says of the X-Plane team:
I am grateful for your dedication, professionalism, advocacy, perfectionism, care, attention to details, passion and much, much more I can’t even begin to list or describe!
Thank you for making it possible for people like me to live their dream. Know that you’re giving me a reason to get up every day and be able to do what I’m passionate about and making it so close to the real thing like no other has.
Every time I’m using a great feature or a function of the sim, I thank you a thousand times, and I do not take it for granted and never will!