It's 8 a.m. at the Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Airport and the landscape stretches for miles before the horizon. The sun streams in the cockpit windows as pilot Devean Teasley, 25, leans forward to adjust the controls and turns to his flight student to make sure he's completed the pre-flight inspection checklist properly.
"It's close to as being a bird, I think, as possible," says flight student Jordan Heil, 29, of Louisville. "I forget about everything else."
While much of the team at the airport goes about their daily tasks independently, a spirit of camaraderie can be felt.
"We are like family," says Jay Jones, a flight line attendant. "Anywhere else I've ever been, there's been a small percentage of people that don't want to get along with other people, or they don't want to do their job and consequently other people have to chip in. It's not like that here. Everybody works together. Pulling for a common cause."