Flood began to learn aviation aerobatics when he was 17 and started competing in various aerobatics circuits in a newer Pitts S-1S that he flies today. As one of the youngest aerobatic pilots flying in the U.S. today, his career is already taking off. Flood has made a habit of coming in first in just about all of the regional aerobatic competitions he flies in. But Flood’s aviation career hasn’t only been highs. One incident nearly killed him. He used to work towing banners with his plane, and he was on the job on Aug. 2, 2011 when his plane’s engine failed. The engine failure resulted in a sudden loss of forward airspeed, and the aircraft hit the ground with enough force to cause life-threatening injuries. But Flood survived the accident and, once healed, he returned to his passion: flying.