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Volunteer Spotlight: Jeff and Rachel Gentz
Story and photo by Kristy Hemp

Jeff Gentz and daughter Rachel, 16 EAA Lifetime 156358 and EAA 558698. Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin

What do you do?
: Escort VIPs and help out at AeroShell Square.
Rachel: Help tow, wing walk, and park planes at Runway 13/31.

Years volunteering:
Rachel: 1st year.

Why do you do it?
Camaraderie and the family atmosphere.
Rachel: Volunteering for AirVenture is in my family. There are so many great opportunities when you volunteer.

Day job:
First officer and instructor pilot in the MD-11 at UPS.
Rachel: Student and aspiring nurseómaybe even a flight nurse.

Aviation background:
I wanted to fly since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
Rachel: I was born with flying in my blood. I think my first flight was before I was bornómy mom was a flight attendant. Iím also working towards my solo.

Who introduced you to flying?
Phil Myrkle, Jim Casper, Lyle Wheeler, and Jim Barton. They took me under their wing and also introduced me to EAA.
Rachel: My dad.

First airplane ride:
Beechcraft Musketeer flying out of Oshkosh during the show. I remember how short it was because I didnít want it to end.
Rachel: A Lear Jet. I was about two-years-old.

What aircraft do you own:
Remos GX.

Any building aspirations?
I do now after seeing my friends build theirs!

An AirVenture event you would run to see:
Jeff and Rachel:

Most memorable AirVenture experience:
Watching my 16-year-old daughter volunteer for the first time.
Rachel: Sitting in the front seat of a Thunderbird during a parade at AirVenture.

What surprised you about AirVenture when you first started to volunteer?
The passing on of knowledge.
Rachel: How willing people are to teach you.

Favorite time of day at AirVenture:
The morning when AirVenture is waking up to make new memories.
Rachel: When new planes come in. I love learning all about them.

Aviation Hobbies:
Flying Young Eagles. Rachel was my first Young Eagle, and my daughter Abigail was my 300th.

I would love to have lunch with:
Charles Lindbergh. I would ask him what it was like to cross the ocean that everyone now flies in pressurized comfort.
Rachel: One of the WASP.

Who is an inspiration to you in aviation?
All the guys that took me under their wing.
Rachel: My dad. He taught me to work hard and go after my dreams.

Advice to future volunteers:
Jeff: DO IT!
Rachel: I have no regrets.

FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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