Dave Gampfer graduated from the aviation program at The Ohio State University, and began what is now a 35-year career in the aviation insurance industry as an underwriter, salesman, and broker. He holds a Commercial ticket, and has owned several airplanes over the years. At present, he begs, borrows, and rents while incessantly scanning Trade-A-Plane. He is a confirmed airport bum, spending a large chunk of every weekend holding down a chair at the Warren County Airport in Ohio.
The first solo is an event remembered clearly by most of us. This summer marks the 40th anniversary of that seminal event for me. As the years have blurred many of the details, two aspects remain crystal clear.