Ervin Yoas: Florida man celebrates milestone birthday with helicopter lesson

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A Southwest Florida man celebrated a milestone birthday while checking off a bucket list item.

Ervin Yoas took his first helicopter lesson at the age of 100 Tuesday at the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda.

NBC reports Yoas was an instructor pilot during World War II.  He has purchased and sold aircraft all his life.  At his century mark, however, he chose a new facet of the aviation industry: piloting a helicopter.

He says it feels different from flying an airplane.

"Yeah, you're in the air and you don't know it. In an airplane, you feel it as you're coming up and here you're...yeah, there's a difference," he said.

Courtesy: NBC News Channel