Nick eventually caught the aviation bug. Initially, he joined the Navy Civil Air Patrol, flying club for both his primary and instrument training. His commercial training was completed at Key West’s Island City FBO. The afternoon following his commercial check ride, Nick was dropping skydivers at nearby Sugarloaf Airport for the commanding salary of $5 a person. He obtained his seaplane rating in the Miami area, flew floatplanes for a very brief period in Juneau, Alaska, and moved to Hawaii, where he flew gliders and became a CFI. Nick returned to Key West and began employment with the FBO as a flight instructor, photo tour pilot and sightseeing guide. He flew for a Part 135 operation at Marathon Airport in the Keys and then began a five-year stint as a seaplane pilot, flying a 206 and a Caravan back at Key West Airport.