His passion for aerobatics also began early. At age 16, Mason flew his first airshow in a glider. “I grew up watching Michael Goulian and Kirby Chambliss, and thinking, ‘man, that’s what I want to do,’” Mason said. “I set up my career with an end goal of making it into the Red Bull Air Race.” Mason worked hard at his goal, becoming the youngest member of the U.S. National Advanced Aerobatic Team at age 19. He performed in a stock Pitts S-1S at EAA’s AirVenture in 2015, becoming one of the youngest performers to be invited to fly at the annual migration of aviation enthusiasts.