Bio on Splash-in Pilot Ralph Gousse

Ralph Gousse

                Born and raised in Haiti, I was fascinated by airplanes from a very young age of 5 years and enjoyed trips to the airport to see family traveling. I read about any book I could find on aviation at the local french library. My passion continued and in my first year of medical school I ordered from California the blueprint for a homebuilt aircraft PDQ2 that I started but could not finish due to lack of materials.

                When I got into the US in 1982 I was determined to get my private license some day. After residency training and fellowship in New York, I moved to Florida in 1995 and was finally able to join a flight school in 2005 at Air Orlando Aviation at KORL. My first instructor was Michael Richards in Cessna 172 SP and first solo was 4/19/2005.  I then completed my seaplane rating 5/21/2006 with Richard Hensch at Florida Seaplanes.  His M7-235 Maule was the first seaplane I had ever flown.

                Married with 3 children: daughter 31, 2 sons 27 and 24 years old. None of them seems interested in aviation but I flew a few times with sons only.   I am very busy at work with about 60-70 hours weekly, but I do find time to practice my hobbies: aviation, photography, astronomy, boating/fishing and humanitarian work every 3 months to Haiti.. I hope to find time this year to fly more, get my instrument rating and meet more seaplane friends through Florida Seaplanes monthly flying adventures.

                Now, my favorite aircraft to fly is my Cessna 172 amphibian which I keep hangared at KSFB (Sanford).  I currently have 285 total hours, of which 218 are seaplane hours.  My farthest trip in an seaplane was flying to Cedar Key with a friend I was introducing to seaplane flying.  We Landed there, ate some and flew back home. Nice flight!  I like seaplanes as it combines my passion for flying with my love of boating and the water. 


When asked, "Tell us at least one pilot saying or aviation joke."

I am very careful before any flight and always remember the saying:  "It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here".