Finding Greatness: Philip Kingston

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, February 29, 2016 1:12 PM
Categories: School of Aviation | Finding Greatness | Students

Macon, GA

Non-traditional student Philip Kingston is pursuing a new career in aviation tech.

Full Name: Philip D. Kingston.

Age: 53.

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Residence: Eastman.

Current Employment: Full-time student.

Degree Objective: AAS in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Class Rank: Junior.

Primary Campus: Eastman.

Career Goals: “I want to get my airframe and power plant license from the FAA, get my inspection authorization after three years and become a safety inspector for the FAA.”

He chose Middle Georgia State University because … “The degree program I wanted was more in- depth here than at any other college or university in the state. I want the most education I can get for the money and time spent, and this was the best program around.”

The greatest thing he discovered about Middle Georgia State was … “The vet-friendly atmosphere and the excellent programs available.”

His greatest academic experience at Middle Georgia State so far has been … “The first time I made the President’s List.”

To him, “greatness” means … “Doing what you know to be right, and accepting responsibility for your actions, even if it costs you.”

One thing people don’t know about him is … I was a bodyguard for the movie star Sophia Loren for a day.”

The one person he’d most like to meet is … “Gen. William Mitchell. As an early advocate of air power, he forced the military to look at what potential aircraft had for the future.”

In five years … “I see myself working for the FAA as a safety inspector and riding my motorcycle as often as I can.”