Here is some more detail on the pilot's background. He apparently is the only pilot Kobe would let fly him:https://www.thedailybeast.com/who-was-a ... pter-crash
>>After learning to fly, Zobayan worked at Group 3 as a flight instructor. One of his students there, Darren Kemp, told the Los Angeles Times that Zobayan had worked as Bryant’s private pilot for some time. “[Bryant] doesn’t let anyone else fly him around but Ara,” Kemp told the paper.<<https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2 ... ter-crash/
>>Ara Zobayan, the pilot of the helicopter, taught other aspiring pilots how to fly “and was very much loved in the aviation community,” Christina Pascucci of KTLA-TV — herself a licensed pilot — tweeted Sunday night.
Friends have identified the pilot as Ara Zobayan. He taught aspiring heli pilots to fly and was very much loved in the aviation community. They wrote “rest easy as you take your final flight to heaven.”@KTLA #KobeBryant pic.twitter.com https://t.co/8pQh9eNJTk
— Christina Pascucci (@ChristinaKTLA) January 27, 2020....
.....Zobayan was an “amazing person and an amazing pilot,” Margaret Bray, a restaurant owner on Santa Catalina Island who had flown many times with him, told the Orange County Register.
Zobayan worked for Group 3 Aviation, which said in a statement that he came to the company in 1998 to learn how to fly helicopters after being captivated during a sightseeing flight at the Grand Canyon.
“Ara worked hard in other businesses to save enough money to pay for training. Flying was his life’s passion,” owners Peter and Claudia Lowry said in the statement. The owners said they were heartbroken over Zobayan’s death.<<
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