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Jackson Junkin was inspired to become a pilot when he witnessed just such a landing at the school seven years ago
TUMALO, Ore. (KTVZ) -- On Friday, high school senior Jackson Junkin of Cascades Academy in Tumalo landed a helicopter on the school's athletic field on Friday -- and it wasn't the first such event there.
In fact, Junkin was inspired to become a pilot after watching another senior land a helicopter on the school's field back in 2014, when he was a fifth-grader.
Junkin spent 80 hours working toward his pilot certification before becoming a certified pilot last August at the age of 17.
"It's not a magical thing only a select few can do," Junkin told NewsChannel 21 on Friday. "It's definitely achievable for almost anybody. Flying a helicopter, it's not super-difficult. If you can drive a car, you can fly a helicopter."
On Friday, Junkin took off from Leading Edge Aviation at the Bend Airport and traveled about eight miles to the Cascades Academy athletic field, landing in front of a cheering student body.
"It was really cool," sixth-grader Charlie Baker said.
Once Junkin landed, he answered some questions from the crowd before showing the students the Raven R44 helicopter.
"It's also kind of fun to maybe be able to inspire the next generation of helicopter pilots," Junkin said.
One of those students is sixth-grader Wesley Harvey, who told NewsChannel 21 he's always loved helicopters and was inspired by Junkin's flight.
"I hope to get a pilot's degree, as soon as I'm old enough," Harvey said.