Adrian Nye caught the airplane bug flying control-line and R/C models in Connecticut as a teenager. He studied Aeronautics/Astronautics for two years at MIT and graduated as a mechanical engineer. While writing programming books he earned his Private Pilot and Instrument rating in the DC area. He fondly remembers flying over Air Force One at Andrews AFB back when that was allowed, flying the VFR corridor down the Hudson river in NYC alongside the skyscrapers, and a trip island hopping the Bahamas in a Mooney. He later worked with a group of four people at CarterCopters to build and fly a prototype 4-place gyroplane under a NASA grant that was the first to break the Mu-1 barrier (rotor tip speed to aircraft forward speed of 1). In 2019, after a long hiatus from flying, he scraped the rust off and got his Commercial and CFI certificates and is now working on CFII in the Denver area.