Larry has been flying since 1973 when he purchased 1/3 of a 1952 Piper Tri-Pacer. 4600+ flying hours later, he’s still in a partnership, co-owning a 1979 Aerostar 601P/700P. After the Tri-Pacer, he has owned or partnered in five airplanes including a Piper Arrow, Piper Seneca, Navajo, Cessna 340 and now the Aerostar. Larry learned to fly from a bunch of charter pilots in Ithaca, NY. Back in the early to mid-70s, whenever there was a freight run or some kind of dead-head requiring only one pilot, Larry and other students got to ride along as well as fly left seat on the empty legs. Flying different airplanes in all kinds of weather into small and large airports throughout the northeast was just part of the training. It was a great way to learn. Everything was done with a purpose and all aspects of flight were constantly evaluated. Larry holds a private pilot’s certificate, with an instrument and a multi-engine rating. Professionally, Larry was a newspaper photographer and reporter before beginning a computer technology company in 1978. He is also a board member of the East Hill Flying Club and an avid Young Eagles pilot.
Dan Baxter, regrettably, is not closely related to former FLYING contributor Gordon Baxter–although each of them spent years in broadcasting and both loved old airplanes and the people who keep them flying. He is mostly an Oklahoman who has used up more lives than an unlucky cat. Dan owned several almost-new and classic airplanes, including two Stinson Voyagers, before he retired from obstetrics and gynecology. Carolyn, his wife of nearly fifty years, tries to keep him out of trouble. They now live in northwest Arkansas where he lists his current profession as “curmudgeon” on his business cards.
Liad Biton is a 37 year old VFR pilot based in San Diego (MYF) with 250 hours and is working on his instrument ticket. Born in Israel, he met his wife in high school before moving to the United States. Liad now runs a software company in San Diego.
Matt Beattie is attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University for a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and he lives in Port Orange, Florida. He is 20 years old, and he has been flying for seven years. He has earned his Private Pilot Glider, SEL, and Instrument ratings. Matt says, “If you’re not having fun with your flying, you are doing it wrong.”
Bob Brewer began his flying career at NAS Pensacola in 1960. Now with more than 12,000 hours, Bob is an ATP and CFI with type ratings in LRJET, BE300/1900, BA-3100/3200, and BA4100. In his aviation career, Bob worked for Piper Aircraft for 18 years in sales and flight operations and as a corporate pilot flying a Lear 55 and a King Air 300. In addition, he flew for a regional airline and was Airline Training Program Manager with FlightSafety. Bob also worked for British Aerospace as a Flight Operations Captain, making worldwide delivery flights and conducting customer demos and flight testing.
Alan has always had an interest in flying as long as he can remember. His interest turned to passion when he worked in Alaska and regularly flew into the backcountry in Dehavilland Beavers. Since then he has pursued his passion for flying while trying to keep up with all that’s happening in the aviation industry. He enjoys writing on what he finds in a freelance capacity for globalair.com, especially relatively unknown stories of aviation history.
Greg is a Colorado native with a passion for adventure and new things. He has a beautiful wife that he’s been married to for 14 wonderful years, a 13-year old daughter and an 11-year old son. With his brother, he owns a contract glass company in the Denver area and has sister companies on the western slope of Colorado and in Colorado Springs. Greg is always on the go with his family, riding ATVs, playing hockey, or being a taxi service for the kids’ activities. Other non-aviation activities are hunting, golf, shooting, photography and camping. As far as flying goes, Greg has about 160 hours, ASEL instrument rated with a mountain flying checkout. He received his flight training through Aspen Flying Club at Centennial Airport (KAPA). Their instructors and staff are awesome and their fleet now has grown to impressive numbers.
Frank always wanted to fly and was flying various computer flight simulators since he was 12 years old. He finally earned his private in October of 2006. He has been to Oshkosh three times and he always feel a pull to get there, even though he can’t always swing it. Frank has been trying to get an Instrument Rating but life always seems to get in the way.
Having a childhood dream of aviation, Chris became an active Aviation Explorer, motivating him to earn his private pilot’s license as a teenager. During his four years at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University he earned his commercial, multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating. While experimenting in seaplanes, gliders, and a variety of other personal aircraft, Chris developed a passion for general aviation and shares that passion as he develops aviation training apps and videos for Sporty’s Pilot Shop.
Harry Clements wanted to be an airplane designer after riding in a Ford Trimotor in the 1930s, so he attended Wichita University under the GI Bill and acquired Bachelor and Master Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering. He was hired into Cessna’s all encompassing Flight Test, Aerodynamics and Preliminary Design group before getting his Bachelor’s, and was instrumental in preparing the proposal that won the USAF’s T-37 Twin Jet Trainer contract. He later was Chief of Aerodynamics and Chief Technical Engineer during the development of that airplane. Other models he worked on were the 180, 310, OE-2, 620 and 170C and 172, and was a test pilot on three of these. He later acquired an A&P based on earlier experience with FBO and floor manufacturing. He joined the Rohr Corporation and learned big scale aerospace manufacturing and was General Manager of their Space Products Division. After serving a period in Federal Government positions, including Director of Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, he returned to aviation, flew skydivers on weekends for the fun, and finished as President of a small Wichita firm manufacturing airplane parts and assemblies distributed both locally and nationally.
An administrative law judge in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wayne Cochrane has been a private pilot since 1975. He bought a Piper Cherokee 140 in 1980, intending to keep it for a couple of years. He still has it, in a hangar at the wonderful Debert airport, from which WWII RAF and RCAF pilots once learned to fly Hudsons and Mosquitos – and a student pilot is said to have once accidentally happened upon, and attacked, a German submarine. His favorite flying memories include: a moon rise suddenly illuminating Maine’s Mount Katahdin above a cloud deck on a 600 mile night flight from Ottawa to Halifax; a low level flight along the length of Cape Cod at sunrise; the wonderful, remote, waterfalls of Labrador; and landing at Oshkosh. He’s accumulated more than 400 volumes of aviation autobiographies.
Michael Cohen has logged 900 hours since learning to fly at age sixty. His club plane is a 150 but he also flies 172s, PA-28s and taildraggers. He and his wife live on the Blood River in Kentucky when they are not in the Tucson Mountains.
For over 50 years, pilots have turned to Richard L. Collins for his unique perspective on the challenges and rewards of flying light aircraft. He started his career working with his father, Leighton Collins, at the original Air Facts magazine. He then went on to work for the leading aviation magazines, including as editor of both AOPA Pilot and Flying. With over 20,000 hours of real world experience, much of it in 172s and 210s, Collins writes about safety, weather and air traffic control from first-hand experience. He is the author of numerous books, including The Next Hour, published in 2009 by Sporty’s Pilot Shop.
As a farm kid raised in the 1940s, Ralph was always fascinated by the flights of military aircraft training near his place. After the war, his father and a neighbor bought a Taylorcraft and Ralph says he still remembers the smell of that little airplane. He learned to taxi and take off an airplane in that Taylorcraft, then started taking flying lessons in Oklahoma City with instructor Burlee Tibbs at Downtown Airport. He had no idea that Mr. Tibbs was a famous aviator and had taught Wiley Post how to fly. Ralph operated a farm and started an insurance agency right out of school in 1960, but in 1968 when needing crop spraying and unable to hire it in a timely fashion, he started Compton Flying Service. In about 1971, being short of pilots, he started ag flying and eventually retired from ag work in 2011 afer 40 years with no accidents and 17,000 hours of flight time. In 1995 Ralph became involved with the Satloc company as a dealer in sales and service of GPS guidance and flow control equipment for agricultural aircraft. During the 1990s, Ralph invented the “GPS Quick Antenna Mount” for ag aircraft and the Glass Vacuum meter for precision measurement of agricultural chemicals. Ralph still has a Beechcraft and Citabria. He has been active for many years in the National Agricultural Aviation Association, served as president of the Oklahoma association and has been involved with numerous state associations.
Ben Conlin is a senior in high school from Cape May County, NJ, who’s juggling classes and college applications while still trying to fit in some time on the beach. He wishes to serve his country in the military as a helicopter pilot after college. Ben is also a proud member and Cadet First Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol.
Michael DeBerry is an 18-year old senior at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He says, “I always knew I had a passion for flying and would one day make it to the airlines or flying corporate for someone.”
Will fell in love with aviation as a child watching takeoffs and landings at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport. He’s currently pursuing his aviation passion at Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport near Oklahoma City. Will earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Thomas More College in northern Kentucky. He lives in Oklahoma City and works in digital marketing and as a freelance copywriter.
Mark Fay owns a software and consulting company that helps auto insurance companies decide who is legally liable for damages caused in car crashes. He lives most of the year in Naperville, Illinois, and spends the deep winter months in Breckenridge, Colorado. He has a daughter and son in law who live in London, a son in Charleston, South Carolina, and a son still at home. He’s married to the best person he’s ever met. Tired of traveling the country on commercial airliners, Mark got his certificate in September 2009 and bought a 1979 Cessna TR182 in October 2010. He completed his instrument training in August 2011. The aircraft is a turbo normalized retractable 182 with a service ceiling of 20,000 feet and a cruise speed of 165 knots in the mid teens he likes to fly. It is equipped with a Stormscope, WSI Weather, S-tec 55 autopilot, Active Traffic, and a Garmin GNS 480. Most trips are for business meetings at least one state away. He learned to fly at Tailwheels, Inc., an accelerated flight training program in Winter Haven, Florida (GIF). He took instrument training from Jim Harvilchuck of A and M Aviation at Mark’s home airport of Clow International in Bolingbrook, Illinois (1C5). He is an avid fan of Air Facts and Mr. Collins having read all of his recent books at least four times.
Jim Goldfuss has been flying since 1989 and holds a Private license with Multi Engine endorsement as well as an Advanced Ground Instructor rating. Jim lives on Long Island and flies out of Republic Airport in Farmingdale (KFRG). When he can, he is flying a C172SP (G1000) or a PA28-181 Archer (Garmin 430’s) and in the future wants to work up to the Cirrus SR20/22. He has been around airplanes all his life, his dad working for United Airlines, and him with TWA and United. “I always aspired to be an airline pilot, but in the end, things just didn’t work out”. To stay involved, Jim is an AOPA member, belongs to Downwind Pilots Association as well as IMC Club, and if he’s not in the air, he’s in the sim practicing. He currently writes a blog about flying in general and his experiences maintaining currency.
Brian Graham-Moore, 78, currently has 1,200 hours as a SEL private pilot. He and his pilot wife, Robin, fly a 1997 Cessna 172R. After acquiring 82 hours in gliders, he transitioned to powered flight in 1989. After 31 years of teaching and research, Brian is now an Emeritus Professor of The University of Texas at Austin. Their home airport is at Smithville, TX (84R).
Born pre-war in the north of Scotland, John became a civil engineer which was an excellent basis for working around the world. He trained first with the RAF on DH Chipmunks on a university programm and that base led to his Private Pilot License in Kenya initially (in 1968) and subsequently to hold PPLs in Botswana, Greece, UK in addition to his Kenya license. Following his departure from the ideal flying conditions of Africa, John flew sky-divers in Scotland (never joining them in mid-air!) and enjoyed time on Tiger Moths, Cessna 150, 172, Rheims Rocket, C182 and C 208, Piper Cub, Cherokee 140 and 180 etc. Before retiring he enjoyed some time flying out of Punta Gorda in Florida.
Jeff is the owner of a small marine repair shop in South Carolina. A former powerboat racing APBA Formula V National Champion three times, he earned his Private Pilot license in February, 2013. He owns a 1959 Cessna 172 and is a member of the Vintage Airplane Association Chapter 3. He’s also a local historian with his first book set to be published in mid-2014. Jeff is also involved in historic preservation at the old Walterboro Army Air Field.
Hunter Heath is a semi-retired endocrinologist, medical school professor, and medical researcher now living in Indianapolis, who has been flying since the early 1980s. He was fortunate to train with career CFIs who were veterans of the WWII CPT program and flew P-38s. Airplanes owned include a 1966 Cessna 172, part of a J-3 (briefly), and the current 1946 Aeronca 11AC Chief. He has a long involvement with the EAA, including founding and chairing the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council. With the expert help of intergalactic Aeronca guru Bill Pancake, he now has a C-85-12 engine and starter in the Chief, to relieve his supportive spouse of “Armstrong Anxiety!”
Graf Hilgenhurst, MD got some flying lessons for his birthday when he was 19 (thanks, dad)! Then life intervened, and a very expensive medical education, a wife, two children, and a mortgage put flying on indefinite hold. Years went by, but the dream never died. After opening a successful medical practice in Smyrna, TN, he discovered there was a world class airport and flying school within walking distance of his office. He dusted off his logbook and rekindled the dream. Now, when he is not practicing medicine, he can be found flying around Middle Tennessee in a Cessna 172.
William “Pete” Hodges grew up on a farm and has been around all types of machinery since he could walk. When he was about 12 he went to an EAA airshow in New London, VA and got his first airplane ride in a rag and tube airplane. Watching the controls, cables, and control surfaces gave him and instant understanding of how airplanes work hooked him for life. He began working for a Caterpillar dealer, Virginia Tractor Company in Richmond, VA, and in January of 1979 was transferred to the Custom Engine Department and has been working on Diesel Generators ever since. About that time Pete started taking flying lessons at New Kent Airport outside of Richmond. Over about 8 months he put in 30 hours of flight time and soloed, but then stopped. In 1985 Pete went to work for Alban Engine Power in Baltimore. He worked for Alban for over 20 years and was their top man for more than 10. During that time he studied aerodynamics and flying techniques in his spare time and tinkered with various airplane designs on paper to learn more. Pete remarried in 1995 to his wonderful wife, Bette. In 2004 he and Bette took flying lessons together. Pete earned his PPL and together they bought a 1968 Piper Cherokee 140.
Ian Hoyt is a 20 year old private pilot from Findlay, Ohio. He currently attends Ohio University, majoring in entrepreneurship, and hopes to own his own aviation charter or helicopter tour company someday. He currently owns the aviation clothing brand “Heading 370” (www.hdg370.com) and wants to share his love of aviation with as many people as possible.
Stephen Hunter is a Commercial/Instrument/AGI pilot with a BS in Aerospace Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and an MS in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is privileged to be currently serving as a Lt Col in the United States Air Force assigned to US Central Command. He is also the proud father of two young ladies and blessed to be the husband of Julie Hunter, LL.M. Stephen is an active Civil Air Patrol pilot.
Dave has been a pilot since 1953 and holds a single and multi-engine, instrument license. He also has time in helicopters and gliders, and has owned and shared ownership of several airplanes, including a Christen Eagle. He is an attorney, lives in West Chester, Ohio with his wife, Sue, of 55 years, enjoys writing and is an active amateur radio operator (W8FZF).
Larry James is a former journalist and current chief flight instructor at a Part 141 school. Larry attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois studying English, Journalism and Radio and TV. His involvement with aviation began in 1976 as a member of SkydroPhobia, a 4-way free-fall RW skydiving team. In 1989 he realized a view almost as good could be had from inside the airplane and so began his training as a pilot. An instructor since 1992, Larry specialized in giving glass cockpit training during a four-year stint in London, England. Since 2012 he has been instructing and enjoying the view while flying and teaching inside the Flight Restricted Zone surrounding Washington, DC.
Michael is a 17-year old who lives in Florida. He is majoring in the Computer Science program at his local magnet school, and currently works in the development and support departments of a local software development company.
Joseph (“Jody”) Kirwan dreamed about being a pilot as a young boy with airplane models dangling from every square inch of ceiling space in his bedroom. Jody actively pursued flying the last year of law school (it was more fun than studying). Jody lives in Louisville, Kentucky, holds an Airline Transport Pilot (AMEL and ASEL) License, is an active CFI, CFII and MEI, is part-owner of a Beech Duchess and Piper Warrior, and is the Assistant General Counsel for a national energy company.
Frank Ladonne is a Principal Engineer for Underwriters Laboratories. He has been with UL 37 years. Frank’s first flying experience was at the age of 16 flying with a friend who was a tow plane pilot for a glider club. He never forgot the dream to one day fly himself. Then “life intervened.” Married, had a daughter, chauffeured her around hither and yon, college tuition (OMG!). When he finally wrote that last college tuition check, he enrolled for his private. He now has his private and instrument rating and a Cessna 172XP which he and his wife have named Volare! (to fly).
It would be difficult to describe an aviation career more colorful and varied than that of Captain John Laming. His first job in aviation was in 1948 as a “general dogsbody” (that’s British slang for someone who does menial work) for Sydney Morning Herald Flying Services. One of his jobs back then was to throw newspapers out of Lockheed Hudsons and DC-3s as part of a newspaper delivery route throughout New South Wales, Australia. He began a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1951 where he flew a wide variety of airplanes including the Mustang, Vampire, Lincoln, Convair, Viscount, Dakota, and HS748. In addition, he spent some time as a flight instructor and accumulated time in Wirraways, Winjeels and Tiger Moths. His wide experience also led to a stint as an aircraft accident investigator. After 18 years in the RAAF, he worked in Melbourne as an Airways Surveyor, and later flew DC-3s and F.27s performing airways calibration duties. In 1976, Captain Laming was hired by Air Nauru, flying F.28s and later 737-200s on routes throughout the South Pacific. His next move was to England in 1989 where he flew 737s for Paramount Airways, covering European and Middle Eastern routes. He continued flying until 1992 when he had to retire due to the “age 60” rule. He returned to Australia where he kept flying as a flight instructor and charter pilot.
Kyle Libby is an aspiring aerospace engineer who earned his Private license at 17. His training took place at a small FBO in Apple Valley, California, his hometown in the desert, which provided for stunning visibility, good weather, and wicked winds. After soloing fairly quickly, he managed school and flying to finish up within a year. He interns at his congressman’s office, is in the Civil Air Patrol, and plays golf. Kyle is energetic, enjoys hanging out with friends, and likes to adventure into the Mojave Desert by hiking or with his Jeep. He enjoys exploring and visiting new airports.
Dan Littmann is a software manager in the flight simulation field. An airplane aficionado since childhood, he is also a 1400-hour Commercial pilot with SEL, MEL and Instrument ratings. Dan has logged time in some 36 types of light aircraft over the course of his flying career.
Dennis Long learned to fly ultralights when he was 20 in the 1980s and then gave it up until 2009 due to family and life’s twists. Twenty-five years passed before he soloed again. He says, “I started flying again and I’m making up for lost time.” He has logged 250 hours in ultralights and another 380 hours in Light Sport types getting, his Sport Pilot rating in 2011. He has flown 250 hours in the last 12 months alone. He adds, “I do a calendar and flyers list for over 350 aviators around the mid-south. I try to promote light aviation where I can.”
Mort Mason soloed on Friday the 13th–April 1956–on an airplane with skis, in a 20-knot crosswind at Lake Hood, Alaska, in a serious snowstorm. Since that day, he successfully completed his Private License check ride on March 4, 1957. His ASES, Commercial and Instrument Rating followed. Mason says, “My logs, not always attentively kept, now show 18,000 flying hours as PIC. About 16,000 of those hours were made while flying the Alaska outback, just another of Alaska’s long list of ragbag bush pilots.” He’s had two books published by Voyageur Press: Flying the Alaska Wild and The Alaska Bush Pilot Chronicles. Both are available through Amazon.com.
Bruce McGregor’s dreams of flight began on his grandfather’s back porch, watching Douglas DC-3s and Convair CV-240s landing and departing from nearby Allegheny County Airport (then Pittsburgh’s commercial airport) in the early 1950s. After years of static, control-line and radio-controlled airplane building and flying, he put aside his aviation dreams for college, military service and girls until earning his private pilot license in 1969. Today with Commercial ASEL, ASES, AMEL and Instrument ratings, he is blessed to own and fly his experimental SeaRey and a Cessna P210 Silver Eagle (turboprop). He is doubly blessed with a wife who, after 20 years as an enthusiastic passenger, became a private pilot. She owns and flies a G1000 equipped Cessna 172.
Daniel Milligan is a crop duster/bush pilot/A&P/IA in Uganda, East Africa, where he lives with his wife and son. Originally from upstate New York, Dan was first exposed to aviation as a kid in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, where the bush pilots from Mission Aviation Fellowship formed the only link between their village and the outside world. Dan completed flight school at Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington in 2007 before serving as a banner tow pilot and flight instructor at Aero-Tech Services in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When the rare opportunity came up to fly in Africa, his wife Heather took the plunge. They have been living in Uganda for three years where they are working toward adoption of their son.
Brent works as a management pilot for a large fractional operation in Ohio. He started flying in high school in Oklahoma and earned his private certificate his senior year. He attended college at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma while building flight time. Subsequent ratings were obtained at North American Institute of Aviation in Las Cruces, NM. He has flown a myriad of airplanes in his 25+ years in the industry. Although he currently flies a Falcon 2000 at work, his real passion is light airplanes. In 2005 he started building a Vans RV-8 kit, which was completed in 2011. Prior to that, Brent restored a Bucker Jungster I biplane and a 1946 Ercoupe. He also taught for many years helping people obtain private, instrument, and commercial certificates, along with teaching tailwheel transitions. In his current role, he is exposed to industry-leading training and safety practices, such as Threat and Error Management, Safety Management Systems, and Crew Resource Management. Brent is also the creator of iFLYblog.com, a general aviation blog that discusses a wide range of topics applicable to pilots.
Anandeep Pannu, founder of Training Squadron, is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and has been an aviation enthusiast all his life. Anandeep grew up an Air Force brat and now has the good fortune to fly a wide variety of aircraft including sailplanes, aerobatic airplanes, bush planes, Light Sport Aircraft, experimental aircraft, seaplanes, glass panel aircraft and warbirds. At various times he owned and/or co-owned a Cessna 150, a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Christen Eagle II aerobatic biplane. Anandeep is a competitive aerobatic pilot and has also taken part in US National soaring competitions. Anandeep teaches all aspects of flying at Training Squadron including tailwheel, aerobatics and warbird flying. He believes that the way GA pilots are being trained needs to be improved – Training Squadron was founded to train people the right way.
Neil Started flying gliders in New Zealand over 50 years ago and first got his pilot’s license in Canada soon after. He is a graduate of the University of Auckland and MIT and spent most of his career on various aspects of the space program, including examining moon rocks and working on the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. Later on he worked on materials for gas turbine and rocket engines, and most recently was President of Howmet Research Corporation, a division of Alcoa. He still does some consulting for the aerospace industry and he and his wife of 50 years live in Southern California. They enjoy going to interesting places in their Cirrus, which they have owned for 13 years.
Mark Phelps is a hard working freelance aviation writer and journalist. He got his start at the top of the heap, working for Richard Collins at Flying magazine in the mid-1980s. Since then, he has held senior positions in the editorial departments of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh and Aviation International News in New Jersey. He also served in the communications department at Dassault Falcon Jet. Current freelance clients include all of the above, as well as the National Business Aviation Association, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), the National Aircraft Resellers Association (NARA), International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) and various corporate clients. Mark is an instrument rated pilot and a slowly improving guitar player. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and twin sons, and is always looking for more work to pay for new sneakers… and save for their college educations. He’d love to hear from you at MDPiii@hotmail.com.
A born aviation enthusiast for unknown reasons as there was no preceding family involvement in aviation. Soloed at age 16 in a J-3 Cub in 1967 at Creswell, OR and achieved Private license at age 18 in a Cessna 150 at Billings, MT. His working life has been, since 1977, and currently is as an aircraft engineer on aircraft ranging from ultralights (Sorrell Hiperlite) to the Boeing 737. Stephen holds FAA certificates: Commercial, SEL, MEL, Glider and CFI, CFII along with the old Ground Instructor Basic, Advanced and Instrument and A&P with Inspector Authorization. The FAA also has designated him as an Engineering Representative for aircraft certifications.
Frank grew up flying. His first flight was on his father’s lap in a Piper Pacer and started flight training when avgas was 25 cents a gallon. He’s taught flying, and was the recipient of Red Cross and CAP awards for emergency life-saving search and rescue missions. He’s presented 14 forums at Oshkosh and was the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (the astronaut’s professional society) 2001 featured convention speaker. He received the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, the GE Outstanding Achievement Award, and the INC Magazine 500 Award. Mentored by his uncle, a former Flying Tiger, Frank rebuilt his (IFR!) Stinson Voyager: he imported the fourth Partenavia P68C to the US, perhaps his favorite aircraft. He championed GA programs at the Ohio Aerospace Institute, whilst managing NASA Mars and Venus exploration, artificial heart, breast-cancer detection, and brain-surgery projects. He founded satellite paging, hemodialysis, and consumer electronics companies. In Europe, he consulted for the Alp-Gotthard mega-tunnel railway project. Back in the US, he consults for the Rutgers University Opera Department. Really.
It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. “While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now heads Sporty’s flight school and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.
To paraphrase Three Dog Night, Joe was born in Oklahoma “but really don’t remember.” He was reared in the Texas Panhandle town of Dumas, earned a marketing degree at Oklahoma State University and worked 33 years in the newspaper business, the last 26 as owner of The Fairfield Recorder, a weekly newspaper in Fairfield, Texas. Joe sold the newspaper two years ago. He and his wife, Theresa, are parents of one son, Brady, who is an aviation major at Oklahoma State. He owns a 1969 Piper Cherokee PA28-140 that is upgraded to 160 horsepower.
Arnie grew up in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and has a BS degree in journalism from the University of Bridgeport. After serving four years as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, he joined Pan Am in 1968 and later was a captain on the Boeing 727 and Airbus A310 with additional responsibilities as the Director of Flight Safety. He joined Delta Air Lines in 1991 in conjunction with the sale of Pan Am’s European routes and retired as a Boeing 727 captain in 2000. Type ratings include the DC-3, Boeing 707, 727, Airbus A310 and several helicopters. His memoir of CH-46 Vietnam flying experiences, 46 Driver, is available from Bluewater Press and Amazon. He lives with his wife in Pensacola, Florida.
David started flying when he was 16 and earned his PPL at 20. He learned to fly at Barstow-Daggett Airport (DAG) in the Mojave desert of Southern California, flying Champs and Cessna 150s. While attending college in Tulsa, OK he flew out of Riverside (now Jones) airport. In 1976 he got a chance to ferry a Cessna 120 from Tulsa to Hanscom Field near Boston, MA. David moved to New England in 1982 and has been trapped there ever since. Since 1998 he’s been a partner in a fixed gear Cardinal based at Fitchburg Municipal Airport (FIT). In 2010 he bought out the other four partners, updated the panel, painted the airplane and sold shares to new pilots. He has about 700 hours logged, most of it in the Cardinal, and earned his IR in that plane. His day job is in IT, but he started free-lancing at 16 to help pay for flying lessons and worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and photographer. His unfulfilled flying ambition is to get to Oshkosh–something always ruins his plans. His recently published novel, Osprey Point, is about a murder at a nuclear power plant in Connecticut. A Cessna Cardinal plays a small (but important) role in solving the mystery. The sequel, already in the works, contains a lot more flying. It is available at lulu.com.
Adrian Ryan is an electronic and mechanical engineer, recently retired having worked as the Chief Engineer for satellite communications in both the hardware and software disciplines for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) for the past 30 years. He always wanted to fly, but the pressures of the job plus family meant that he was unable to devote sufficient time to it until now. He has travelled extensively having lived in Italy, Belgium, USA, Norway, Iceland, Canada and many other places, and has now retired to sunny Cyprus, the “Jewel Of The Mediterranean.” Finally he’s able to devote his full time and energy to flying, and even though now 69, is still a “big kid” at heart. In addition to aviation, he is a ham radio operator, holding the call sign 5B4AIY, a photographer, musician, and a writer.
Jon is 30 years old and has been around aviation since he can remember. He started logging flight time at 14 years old, soloed at 16 and earned his Private Pilot license at 18. He spent 8 years in the Air Force as a crew chief and 5 years as a military contractor working with UAVs. He is gearing up for his first competition at Sebring and also working towards his Instrument Rating and Commercial license with the pursuit of becoming a CFI in the not too distant future.
David decided to start working on his private license at age 61 and has passed his written with a 98%. He plans to take his oral and flight exam soon. His home base is Crosswind Aviation in Howell, Michigan (KOZW) and a great place to fly, with excellent instructors and a 172SP with Garmin 1000. David, married for 28 years with a daughter, lives in Fenton, Michigan–about one hour north west of Detroit.
Wayne earned his private pilot’s license in 1980. After taking a 20 year hiatus he began flying again 4 years ago. Currently a part owner in a Cherokee 180 with the best co-owner around, he does most of his flying in NE Ohio going for $100 hamburgers or taking friends for rides. His wife also enjoys flying, especially when they fly to KY to visit her brother and spend the day on his house boat.
Phil Scott, a contributor to Air & Space/Smithsonian for 20 years, is author of six books, including Hemingway’s Hurricane (McGraw-Hill, 2005). Fanatical about airplanes since he was 10, Scott moved to New York to write about flying in 1986. On Christmas Eve that year he received his license in Stormville, New York. Since then he’s also climbed Kilimanjaro, eaten lunch with the Foreign Legion in French Guiana, landed in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia less than two weeks after Russian troops pulled out, learned to ride a camel in Wadi Rum, got no sleep during night ops on the carrier John C. Stennis. And finally, he visited the motorcycle exhibition in the Guggenheim.
Ian Seager started Seager Publishing Ltd. in 1994. The UK-based company publishes FLYER magazine, the Learn to Fly Guide and various books, and runs aviation training exhibitions in the UK, Eire and Italy. Flyer, has the UK’s busiest General Aviation website, www.flyer.co.uk. Ian started flying gliders in the early nineties and now enjoys everything from back country taildragger flying to long distance touring, taking his Cessna 182 as far east as Moscow and as far west as Oshkosh.
Marshall Severson is a lifelong Alaskan, graduate of the University of Alaska, 30 plus year Flight Services professional and ATP rated. An aircraft owner, Marshall enjoys Sunday afternoon flights among the mountains and glaciers near Anchorage.
Born and raised in northern England, Adam obtained degrees in modern history and museology from the University of Leeds, England and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Prior to relocating to the USA he managed the Scottish National Museum of Flight, located on a historic airfield near Edinburgh. While there, he learned to fly in a World War II Piper L-4. Adam worked for the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh from 2001 until 2012 where he oversaw the operation of the EAA AirVenture Museum, aircraft operations, youth education programs, membership programs, Chapters and publications. He also organized the program of features and attractions at the annual AirVenture fly-in. He then joined AOPA as senior vice president of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community. Adam currently owns a Cessna 180 and a clipped-wing J-3 Cub, and is building a replica of a World War I Sopwith Pup using original plans.
As a WWII Navy veteran, Warren served in several theaters. Following WWII, he attended a CAA flight school and became a commercial pilot. He attended college and worked in a number of military aviation support positions as a civilian, working from the ground up. As a USAF Reserve flight engineer, he flew in the USAF Korean airlift from Japan. Warren spent the latter 22 years of his career doing engineering analysis and technical writing for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation. When he retired he was one of three Lead Maintainability Engineers on the C-17 Globemaster III design team. His latest novel, A SHATTERED PARADISE: The great Quake, is available in print at Booklocker.com, or as an eBook from iTunes or Amazon. It has several chapters of exciting aviation adventures in addition to other venues in tragedy.
David St. George learned to fly at Flanders Valley Airport in 1970. After earning all his fixed wing ratings, he serves as chief instructor at a Part 141 school in Upstate New York and pilot examiner for the FAA in all ratings. David is a FAAST team lead representative so aviation safety is a major preoccupation. Having logged over 14,000 hours from Alaska to Antigua, with over 12,000 dual, he is most often smiling while flying his 7AC Champ to small grass fields on skis and wheels. You can usually meet David talking at the EAA forums at AirVenture or at http://faaflighttest.us. He is on the board of directors at SAFE and recently wrote the “SAFE Toolkit” App.
John Swallow is a retired RCAF officer, corporate pilot, and Transport Canada Inspector and has accumulated over 15,000 hours in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft. While in the military, he was a member of two NATO International Air-to-Air Gunnery competitions (Guynemer Trophy Shoot) held in Leeuwarden in Holland. In 1967, he flew the #3 slot with the Golden Centennaires, predecessors to today’s famed Snowbirds. Following retirement, John and his wife, the former Bernice Miller of Placentia NF, moved from New Brunswick to British Columbia, where they are building a Van’s RV-7A. In 2005, John volunteered to act as the editor of the Vernon Flying Club Newsletter.
Alec Synakowski is 24 year old music teacher in downtown Chicago. He is preparing for his instrument rating checkride and aspires to become a flight instructor and professional mandolin player.
Jeff Tait has been a pilot since 1966. He is an ATP who has logged approximately 14,450 hours. He served in the US Navy submarine service in the mid 1960s, followed by flying charter and freight, and some instructing late 1960s thru 1970s. He flew for Braniff Airlines in the late 70s to the early 80s. He has been a corporate pilot since 1981. He currently flies a Citation V and Bell 206L for a corporate operator in New Jersey where he has been employed as a pilot for the last 32 years.
The picture at right was taken at the Fullerton, CA airport in 1974. Bud is now 82 years old and the only thing he flies now is Microsoft’s Flight Simulator. But he does keep up with what’s going on in aviation by reading Flying Magazine and checking in on Air Facts. Bud got his pilot license in 1972 and added the Instrument Rating two years later. His first airplane was a Cessna 172 which he flew for about two years. In 1975 he purchased a new Cessna 177RG (Cardinal) and flew all over the Western US including Canada and Mexico. It was a great airplane. You could flight plan a trip at 150 miles per hour with a fuel burn of only nine gallons per hour. Bud is retired now after spending 36 years in the aerospace industry. He and his wife live in a golfing community and still play a lot of golf.
Andrea Tomaselli was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and now lives in Miami. He has worked in restaurants and as a part time English teacher in pursuit of his dream in aviation. He started flight training in South Florida and later flew as a First Officer in DC-9 and MD-80 aircraft for regional passenger airlines in the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. Andrea then became a part time simulator instructor at Pan Am International Flight Academy and a full time First Officer at Sky Lease Cargo. Currently, he is a Air Facts Magazine enthusiast and serves a captain of MD-11 aircraft with 4000 hours of flight experience.
Usually known as Dick or “Van,” Richard VanGrunsven learned to fly in 1956 at the age of 16. He has logged 12,000+ hours (the majority of it in airplanes of his own design) and holds CFI, multi-engine and ATP ratings. Over the past 40 years, Van’s Aircraft became the acknowledged leader in the kit aircraft world. New aircraft, from the RV-4 through the Light Sport RV-12, have been introduced and each has proven successful in the marketplace. For most of that time, Van was chief engineer, head designer and CEO of the company. Today Van continues to lead the company he founded. Although his old titles are held by others, it’s still his name over the entrance. If the weather permits, he flies to work in his original RV-4 – or his RV-10 – or the new RV-12 he and his brother Jerry built, just for fun. Well, almost every day. If the soaring conditions are good, he pulls out his all electric self-launching Antares sailplane, takes a few days off…and goes flying.
Tyson is a software entrepreneur and private pilot. His first venture was Atension, a dorm-room startup that was acquired by a public company in 1999. He then directed software engineering at BenefitFocus, where flying was part of the corporate DNA. Prior to ForeFlight, Tyson was a venture partner with SMH Private Equity Group. Tyson holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration from Trinity University and an MBA from Rice University. Tyson is a Private Pilot who owns and flies a Diamond DA-40.
Walt has considerable military aviation experience as a retired Lt. Col. from the Air Force. He has experienced numerous overseas deployments as a fighter pilot and former Squadron Commander. Walt is currently authoring a book, Aviation – The First Ten Years due for publication in early 2014 (the first of an early aviation book series). As a member of EAA, American Aviation Historical Society, and the Tailhook Association he promotes aviation at every opportunity.
Born and raised in Merrill, Wisconsin, Douglas attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a B.S. in Music Education in 2000. He then moved to California where he met his beautiful wife, Wendy. Together they have four girls. The Jeep bug was the first to hit, culminating in racing of several King of the Hammers off-road races. He then became interested in helicopter flying and obtained his PPL/Rotorcraft-Helicopter certificate in December 2013, and then his Advanced Ground Instructor certificate. Douglas is the newsletter editor and Young Eagles ground instructor for EAA Chapter 845, Redlands, California.
Trevor is a 16-year old junior in high school from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. As well as being a student, he plays basketball and baseball. He also enjoys volunteering on the flight line at FLD during the week of EAA AirVenture.
John knows how lucky he is to go to work every day at an airport. As Vice President of Sporty’s Pilot Shop’s Catalog Division, he says, “I get to hang around airplanes all the time, flying regularly and testing new products for the catalog.” Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria and a Pilatus PC-12. Currently a Commercial, Multiengine pilot with Glider and Seaplane ratings, John recently added a Rotary rating, bought a Robinson R44 and flew it to EAA AirVenture, claiming, “A helicopter is the best way to arrive in Oshkosh.” Despite his love of low and slow flight, John says, “I love the challenge of IFR flying in the system. Seeing the runway lights as you break out on approach is a thrill.”
Lawrence Zingesser is a retired neuroradiologist whose first flying was in a Piper J2 when he was in college. He did not take up flying in a serious way until he was in his 30s. Today he is a private pilot, with instrument, seaplane and rotary ratings. He and his wife, also a pilot, co-own a Mooney 231. He adds, “Last year I become a UFO [United Flying Octogenarian] member, and hope to keep flying for a few more years.”