Why I Fly

One hundred years ago, aviation was everywhere. People were in love with this cool, new invention that was the airplane. Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, and many others performed incredible feats in the air. People couldn’t get enough of it. Since that Golden Age of Aviation, the interest has lagged. The history of aviation isn’t taught, smaller airports are closing and many people’s experience with aviation entails crowded airline trips. We want to see that enthusiasm for flight again, to bring back the magic, by highlighting people who already feel it.

Why I Fly interviews people in everyday walks of life telling their aviation story; why they fly, or have aviation be a part of their life. We hope that if you are just sparking an interest in aviation or a long-time veteran, these videos will inspire you to keep flying.

Why We Fly

The Why I Fly Series was created by Adam and Kara White of Hemlock Films. Their passion for aviation, history, and story telling is…. I don’t know. I will work on that.
You can find more of their award winning work by clicking below.

Adam White 

Director / Cinematographer  

Adam graduated in 1995 with a degree in Motion Picture Production from Wright State University’s prestigious film program. He has won multiple Emmys for his films The Restorers, Red Tail Reborn and Space Chase USA. Adam won an Emmy for Best Cinematography for his work on the PBS film Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In 2011, Adam and his company Hemlock Films received the “Special Achievement” award from the International Council of Airshows for their film Rise Above.

With over 20 years of experience, Adam has worked on big budget Hollywood films, TV shows, award winning documentaries, and commercials in various roles. He now concentrates his time as a Director/Cinematographer with a specialty in SteadiCam. Adam is a licensed pilot and makes a mean bowl of chili.

Kara White


Kara has produced the Emmy Award winning aviation documentary titled The Restorers – They Were All Volunteers, a documentary for the Texas Flying Legends, and the historical aviation film, Rise Above, for the Red Tail Squadron’s traveling exhibit.

She has returned to Cleveland from New York City, where she had worked as a Producer creating spots for Food Network, USA, and Touchstone Energy. Her experience also includes various production work with Comedy Central, HBO, A&E, E!, NBC, Bravo, ESPN, PBS Thirteen, and TBS.

Kara’s directing debut, Beyond The Powder, was nominated for three Emmy and continues to air on PBS nationwide. She has just directed the film Rise Above: WASP, the historical account of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII.

Watch Our Stories

Pete Muntean

Why I Fly – Pete Muntean

Raised in a flying family, Pete combines his love of aviation with his communications skills in his professional work; as aviation correspondent and journalist for  CNN . This Why I Fly[…]

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Why I Fly: Jenna Achtzehn, Delivery Pilot

Jenna’s passion for aviation led her to getting her license and now helping others into their own airplane….as a delivery pilot with Cirrus Aircraft. She started working on her pilot[…]

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Why I Fly – Gabriella Orme

Student pilot and aviation enthusiast Gabriella has created her own company, working as an aviation welder! This Why I Fly was made possible through a grant from The Ohio Department[…]

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