Kawhi Leonard shared a helicopter pilot with Kobe Bryant

first_img Councilmembers move to make Kobe Bryant Boulevard an LA street “It’s just one of those times when it was just time, you know?” he said. “The things that you hear, you don’t know what’s real yet. I can’t really speak on it. I don’t know. I don’t know yet. It’s a lot of thoughts in my head.” Related Articles According to a Facebook post on Monday, Peter and Claudia Lowry, owners of Group 3 Aviation, said Zobayan went to Group 3 Aviation in 1998 for flying lessons.In 2001, he became a private pilot; in 2007, he got his commercial pilot’s license; and in 2008, he got certified to be a ground instructor, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. Previous Facebook posts from Group 3 Aviation show that Zobayan taught trainees to become pilots.He regularly piloted Bryant to practices, games and other functions – a time-saving tactic the retired Laker shared with Leonard.“I talked to him about it before our transition to playing in L.A.,” Leonard said. “Just seeing how we (he) got back and forth from Newport (Beach) and he said he was doing it for about 17 years or so. Yeah, same pilot, everything, the whole situation, this whole program, the set-up, how he was traveling back and forth was the same way I was getting here from San Diego.”Leonard said because he’s still processing the tragic news, he can’t say whether Sunday’s crash will lead him to want to change his own commuting habits. Helicopter company in fatal Kobe Bryant crash sues 2 air traffic controllers Kobe Bryant: 42 photos for the Laker legend’s 42nd birthday center_img PLAYA VISTA — Kawhi Leonard is mourning not only Kobe Bryant this week, but also helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan, whom also often was at the controls when Leonard choppered around Southern California, the Clippers star said after practice Wednesday.Zobayan, 50, of Huntington Beach, has been identified as the pilot of the helicopter that crashed Sunday in Calabasas, killing all nine people aboard, including Zobayan, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.“Flown with him a lot,” Leonard said of Zobayan. “Great guy. Super nice. He was one of the best pilots. That is a guy who you ask for to fly you from city to city. It’s just surreal still …“He (would) drop me off and say he is about go pick up Kobe. Or he’ll just be like, ‘I just dropped Kobe off and he said hello.’ … He’s a good dude and I’m sorry for everybody.” How Kobe Bryant was remembered on his birthday On Mamba’s day, councilmen aim to create Kobe Bryant Boulevard Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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