Gary’s flying career started in
airport. With less than seven hours, he soloed a Cessna 150 and shortly
thereafter received his Private Pilot’s
Certificate. Within the next two
years, while at the same time attending college, he received his Commercial
Pilot and Certified Flight
Instructor’s (CFIA) Ratings. For
the next three years, he held the position as Manager and Chief Flight
Instructor for a large Flying Club having 110 Pilots and 10 Aircraft. During the
same time, he obtained his Instrument
Rating, Instrument Instructor (CFII), Airplane Multi-engine Land (AMEL),
Seaplane (ASES), Basic Ground Instructor (BGI), Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI),
Instrument Ground Instructor (IGI), Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Rating and
then took his Primary
and Instructor Aerobatic Training from Duane Cole and continued to train
hundreds of pilots. In addition, he flew in numerous and various Airshows and
Aerobatic Competitions. At this
had flown approximately 50 different makes and models of aircraft.
After finishing college, he was actively seeking a professional pilot’s
position with the major airlines. They
just were not hiring!
decided to stay in aviation. He
bought a set of plans for a Pitts Special and began building.
What started out to be a six-month to one year project turned out to be five
year way of life! Upon
completion, he was awarded the “Best Home Built Award” for his Pitts Special
because the judges could easily see that he paid meticulous attention to details
and produced a very high quality Aerobatic Aircraft.
in 1979 and brought his Pitts Special with him.
1979 to current,
has received Part 135 Training at each of the following Air Charter
with Harvey Hop and flew Learjet 25’s and 35’s at Hop-A-Jet
Flew Learjet 24’s and 25’s at Aero Group;
Flew Learjet 24’s at Jet America (had Military contract with NASA for weather
reporting for all unmanned Spacecraft at
Flew a Learjet 35 for a Private Investor
Flew Learjet 25’s and 35’s for True North
Flew Learjet 25’s and 35’s for Creston Aviation, Inc.
addition to flying the Learjet 24’s, 25’s and 35’s,
has flown the following Jet
Magister, Canadair CL 41G Tebuan (Canadian Snowbird Aerobatic Team Aircraft),
BD-10, Paris I,
IIB, T33, L-39C, and L-39ZO.
addition to all of the above referenced FAA Ratings, Gary also currently holds a
Type Rating in the L-39 (Authorized Experimental Aircraft: AV-L39) and a
LOOA (Authorized Instructor: AV-L39).
Commercial Pilot Rating
Certified Flight Instructor (CFIA)
Instrument Instructor (CFII)
Seaplane Rating (ASES)
Basic Ground Instructor (BGI)
Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI)
Instrument Ground Instructor (IGI)
Airline Transport Rating (ATP)
Primary Aerobatic Training
Instructor Aerobatic Training
Trained at 5 Different Part 135 Co’s
Type Rated in L-39
Authorized Instructor in L-39
Safety is Gary’s Number 1 Priority.
Perhaps that’s why
Gary’s Safety Record is impeccable because he has never had an accident, violation
or incident in all of his years and thousands of hours of flying!
Gary’s passion is flying and his love of it certainly shows through especially
when he is Instructing, being an Airshow Performer or just simply
the way, did you know that he is the ONLY
known person to have COMPLETELY
CIRCUMNAVIGATED the ENTIRE USA
in his L-39C!!!
In 2000 while flying to
with the intention of purchasing L-39’s from various governments,
had the privilege of being a “Crew Member” on Air
France’s Concorde. He flew from
in only 3 hours and 23 minutes at an
Altitude of 70,000 feet and Speed
of Mach 2.04!!! Because the
Captain of the Concorde knew that
was an active Learjet Pilot, he invited him into the cockpit.
For more than two-thirds of the actual flight time, the Captain
“Instructed Gary” on numerous procedures for Supersonic
Flight. He showed Gary how to
penetrate the speed of sound shortly after takeoff then accelerate to beyond
Mach 2 then maintain Mach 2 across the Atlantic Ocean and then how to slow the
Supersonic Concorde down to below Mach 1 prior to landing at Charles de Gaulle
airport in Paris France. An
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