Ezekiel Anthony is currently attending the Metropolitan State University and studying Aerospace Engineering while working as a Production Test Technician at SEAKR. However his passion for aerospace does not stop there.
“I have a lot of passion for aerospace and aviation. It carries on after my work shift. Sometimes, once I am done for the day – weather permitting – I will go and fly my remote control aircraft over the Cherry Creek Reservoir. Other times I will go over to the Centennial airport. I am currently inquiring about getting my private pilot’s license. I started flying when I was 17 and that carried on until I was 19. Then I had to stop for a period because of school, but I still flew off and on for several years,” explained Ezekiel.
“Flying is probably the best feeling in the world,” said Ezekiel with a knowing smile on his face. “I have a higher sense of attention to detail, to the environment and what is happening in that environment. In retrospect, I have a higher level of alertness. And every time I land, whether it’s my remote control aircraft or a Cessna, there’s this sense of a job well done. I was paying attention to parameters and set guidelines. Every time you do that, you achieve something in that section of time and you learn so much.”
Ezekiel does more than just pilot planes. He utilizes his knowledge of aerospace and aviation to re-engineer his remote control planes, the goal being to create better, faster, and more efficient aircrafts.
“The RC aircraft, out of specifications, rated at about eight pounds with nitro methane motor. Mine is actually 5.75 pounds because I increased the thrust to weight ratio. Basically the thrust per gram of weight of the aircraft is higher, which means the plane can climb faster and fly faster. It’s electric so it is much more efficient and it can actually fly longer. The airframe also has less wear and tear. With the nitro methane you don’t take away the same benefits. I am moving forward with engineering because the future is electric in a lot of ways. So moving forward with that and gaining a better understanding of how electric power can help us in the future is what I have incorporated into my RC aircraft. When I fly that is what I am thinking about.”
A natural engineer, Ezekiel is always working on personal projects in order to understand and create more efficient aircrafts.
“Currently, I have a Christian Eagle and a Hawker Tempest 42. The Hawker Tempest is unique because it wasn’t featured for electric but from projects I have worked on, I have the knowledge to modify it, make it electric, and therefore make it more efficient than what it was manufactured for. You can actually take the airframe and make it better. That is what engineering is about: taking a function and making it better.”
In addition his current projects, Ezekiel plans to create a business from his passion.
“In the future I would like to own a small business. I would want to strictly create electric powered aircrafts for surveying work for park rangers or helping the environment by watching for wildfires, helping with search and rescue, seeing where people may run into trouble, and most importantly giving back to the planet.”