From a very early age I’ve been around aviation. My dad first started flying gliders when I was around four years old. As I grew up helping to crew for him in contests, I “lived” at glider ports all across the southwest states, from California to New Mexico. My own beginnings in learning to fly happened when I was around 13, then at 14 years old I earned my solo ticket in sailplanes. I was anxious to get my private pilots license at sixteen even more so than my drivers license & both did happen within a couple weeks of my birthday.
At around 20 years old, my interests in flyingsubsided & I stopped to start a career and family. I still flew with my dad, who had slowly migrated from gliders to power planes about five years earlier. I picked back up nearly twenty years later after my father passed away, with a conviction of keeping his Cessna 170 in the family. I started flying lessons in this aircraft, which is not a good beginners airplane, and again enjoyed the thrill of a solo flight some 25 years after my first experience in a glider.
I now have about 500 hours in ‘one delta charlie’ & some very memorable trips in her. I have reconnected with flying & enjoy over thirty years of aviation background. My trips to Idaho & more recently to Colorado with my family are some highlights to my flying portfolio.