Karl Jobst, DDS, is a dentist whose practice is located in Grove, Oklahoma. Founded by Dr. Jobst in 1998, Grand Lake Dental is one of the most technologically advanced practices in the region and provides patients with access to some of the most sophisticated dental procedures currently available.

A graduate of Missouri State University and the University of Tennessee College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Jobst is an active member of his church and frequently participates in community service activities taking place in the Grand Lake Area. Dr. Jobst is also a licensed pilot and, whenever his schedule allows, can often be found adding to the 600 flight hours he has already accumulated.

What is your hobby?

I have a private pilot’s license that has allowed me to rack up over 600 flight hours.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

It was something that I talked about trying for quite some time, but it wasn’t until a close friend arranged for me to take flying lessons that I actually got started on earning my license.

Tell us what you love about it.

It’s hard to describe the feeling of freedom you experience while flying a plane, especially on one of those cloudless days that gives you a seemingly limitless view of everything both above and below.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

The flying community is relatively small compared to other hobbies, so most of us get to know each other just by being around the airport and the hangars on a regular basis.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Flying is not exactly the most cost-effective hobby from an equipment standpoint, and renting hangar space is quite an expense in and of itself. My most recent purchase, however, was not nearly as expensive as some of the others: a new pair of prescription aviator sunglasses.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I have a few trusted suppliers I work with on regular basis, and the local community of pilots is often helpful in tracking down a specific part or any other supplies I might need.

Are there any good books for beginners?

“Stick and Rudder,” by Wolfgang Langewiesche is a good place to start, but there are also plenty of pilot training textbooks that are essentially required reading for anyone seeking licensure.

How has this changed your life?

It’s given me a whole new perspective on the world, in both the literal and figurative sense of the phrase.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

I had a wonderful mentor whose guidance was simply wonderful, so I would suggest that newcomers try to find someone willing to share their knowledge and expertise with a beginner.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love to travel and spend time with my friends and family, so I enjoy any activity that allows me to do either one of those things.