I was introduced to flying at a young age. My grandfather was pilot and owned a J-4 Cub and then a Piper Vagabond. He would later own a Piper Tri-Pacer. My father was also “bitten” by the aviation bug at a young age and now works in corporate aviation, holding a commercial pilot’s license and A&P/IA. I had several other aviation influences in my early life including my uncle who now owns an aerial application business.
When I was twenty-three, I found myself with some time and money and purchased a 1958 Piper Tri-Pacer. I soloed after four hours of instruction and earned my Private License in forty hours at Bermudian Valley Airport near York, PA. My check ride was on a Tuesday afternoon in July of 2000. The following morning my Dad and I did what any pilot would do – we headed to Oshkosh!
I enjoy flying often and still own my Tri-Pacer. I flew another 400 hours in the Tri-Pacer since I purchased it and hope to restore it soon. I also own a 1946 Cessna 120 that I currently operate out of New Garden. I now have 500 hours total time and have earned my instrument rating. Eventually I would like to add a commercial rating and A&P to my license. I feel privileged to have logged time in over twenty-three different types of airplanes. I enjoy working on airplanes almost as much as flying. I worked as a mechanic’s assistant at the York airport for a few years and enjoy spending time with my Dad helping to perform maintenance and annuals on many different aircraft. My younger brother is also a pilot and owns a Cessna 182. We often get together with my cousins, many of whom are aerial applicators both fixed and rotary wing. I am blessed that my wife Amber is supportive of my aviation interests and she enjoys flying with me.