Joe Burlas is one of two named Mission Pilots for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.
Joe was born in Frankfurt, West Germany on July 20, 1985. He spent a lot of his childhood traveling with his family during his father’s career as a U.S. Army Officer, living in Germany, Oklahoma, California, and multiple places in Maryland before turning 18. Joe is father to a 9 year old son, Joseph Earl Burlas V, who is also very excited about the upcoming endurance flight.
Burlas has a Master’s of Science in Aviation Transportation Management having graduated from Lewis University in 2015. He is a veteran of the United States Army and served the nation with a tour of duty during the Operation Iraqi Freedom II & III in 2004-2005. Burlas is a co-founder of Burlas Aviation Inc. and The Hope 100 endurance flight having drawn inspiration from the loss of his father to pancreatic cancer in 2015. While he currently has his Private Pilot’s License (Airplane, Single Engine Land), for the purpose of encouraging others to get into the aviation field, Joe will be documenting the process of obtaining his Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot’s License in the summer of 2017.