Seniors Martin Groves and Chase Meyer Prepare for Their Future


Credit to Ted Meyer

Senior Chase Meyer sits in the cockpit of his Cessna 172 with his instructor in May, 2015. They prepare for pre-flight checks of the aircraft before a storm rolls in from the north.

By Sammie Herr, North Star Staffer

When we’re younger we usually dream of being something like a princess or a firefighter. As students go through high school we become more practical about what we want to be. Two seniors, Chase Meyer and Martin Groves, have dreamed all their lives to go into piloting, Groves specifically wanting to be an aerospace engineer. Before their last year of high school comes to an end, they have to take a test.

“I am pretty good at math and science,” Groves said. “I’m passionate about anything that moves, particularly something that flies. It’s something I’ve been interested in for a long time and something I get into.”

The test they have to take is multiple choice and it is called Private Pilot Written Test. It tests them on charts, weather, how aircraft engines run.  Groves father is an engineer himself so it would be said, he’s following in his footsteps. Chase was four when he knew he wanted to become a pilot. His grandparents would take him down to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to watch airplanes fly overhead. Through that, he figured out he wanted to become a pilot.

“I’m the type of person who’s never in the same place,” Meyer said. “I can’t sit still very long. As a pilot, I’ll be traveling a lot. Even though I’ll be sitting a lot, it will still be more mentally challenging for me.”

Although they know that this is what they want to become, their families aren’t so supportive. One person who is supportive is Chase’s mother, Sandi Perrine.

“I support him because he’s been wanting to do this his entire life and I can’t think of anything better for him to do,” Perrine said. “I think it’s great there’s two students who want to go into that field. I think we need more pilots and I wish I had enough courage to actually do that. I am looking forward to one day going on a plane and my son being the pilot or his friend designing the plane.”