Interests - Aviation
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One of my favorite hobbies has always been anything to do with airplanes and aviation. I've been fortunate to have had a number of great flying and aircraft experiences. In 1994, Steve Mook and I began building a Rans Coyote S4 Ultralight . After puttering around in that for several years, in March of 1999, I got a 1969 Mooney M20F. In September of 1999, Steve and I sold the Coyote and in December of 1999, I bought a Cessena Golden Eagle 421C . Justin Blair, flight instructor and pilot, and I had great plans to build a single pilot 135 charter company around the 421. After months of paperwork and diddling with the FAA, we decided that doing a 135 was not something I could do on a part-time basis, and that there's got to be a better way to build a business in aviation than to ferry people around in one plane. In May 2000, I sold the Mooney because I was not flying it much anymore and I did not want it to go to waste sitting around in the hangar and in September 2001, I finally(!) sold the 421. So, at this point, I am plane-less.
Being plane-less does have its advantages, however. It is cheap, and you get to rely on your good friends like Steve Mook and Justin Blair who either own or have access to various aircraft. Now, I'm thinking about a couple of alternatives for a new plane projects. First, I like the Lake Renegade Amphibian. It's a little slow and has a well known corrosion problem, but it's still a nice bird. There's also the SeaWind Kit Plane. I swore once I built the Coyote that I'd never build another one, but who knows...
Actually, I really like being plane-less! I can always fly Steve's Grumman N9611U.
Click on any of the photos below for more information on the planes.