About the big tire pilot
Welcome to my blog and training site. I am a flying freak…seriously. Its about all I think about. DOING IT SAFE IS WHATS MOST IMPORTANT!
Between flying airplanes, running our heli ski operation in Alaska (PNH) and of course Crossfit and spending time in the ocean, aviation means a lot to me.
I am now 48 years old and have been flying since I was a young kid with my pops while growing up in Alaska. About 48 years in all (if the time spent in the back seat of his airplanes count).
I have a FAA Commercial Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate ticket with an Instrument rating. I currently have just over 6700 hours to total time, most in the off airport environment. Im a founding member of the Flying Cowboys. See more at Flyngcowboys.com. Additionally, I’m an EMT trainer, Avalanche Educator and a US Heli Ski Association Certified Heli Ski Guide and Guide trainer.
Sharing my passion with others is something that I look forward to daily. I fly just about anything I can get my hands on. Airplane, Glider (sailplane) Paraglider, Skydive, Speed wing, you name it. I have been fortunate to fly a number of different aircraft including Helio Couriers, Super Cubs, Cessnas – 152, 172, 170, 180, 182, 185, 206, Beaver, Maule, Highlander, Stretch SuperStol and few Cirrus’s. I also have a few hours of dual time in a Pilatus PC12 flying it to and from Alaska with a buddy but I’m more about the smaller planes with the backcountry access. Additionally, I have a number of hours dual in an A Star Helicopter with well over 1000 hours as a passenger given the nature of my business in Alaska.
My business is aviation. My wife and I own and operate the largest heli ski operation in the United States, Points North Heli-Adventures Inc., in Cordova Alaska for the past 19 years. Check out – www.alaskaheliski.com. I am also the current President of the United States Heli Ski Association (8 years now running, elected by my peers).
I created the High Sierra Fly-in, in 2009. Its now in its 8th year. The STOL Drag is my creation.
In 2015 I was invited to be a part of a select group of pilots representing STOL at the worlds largest fly-in, Oshkosh. Being a part of the Oshkosh STOL demo team is a true honor.
I am a EAA young Eagles Pilot with nearly 100 kids flown to date. That number changes almost weekly.
Saftey and all that goes into that is my primary responsibility in life. I’m a father of two children (2&6) and married to a beautiful lady (together now almost 20 years) that lets me do all of this with full support.
Currently I own an 1953 Cessna 180, a Backcountry Super Cub Rev 2 and I am building a one off Carbon Cub from Cub Crafters.
I’m aktahoe on the various backcountry flying forums. www.backcountrypilot.org, www.supercub.org or the Skywagon forum.
If you have not yet attended our High Sierra Fly-in, now in its 8th year, I can only encourage you to come join us in the desert. Its just another endeavor that I created that offers like minded pilots the opportunity to gather and enjoy one another while flying in the remote regions of Nevada. Checkout our Stoldrag.com site for more info on what really happens at the HSF.
Welcome to my flying blog and thanks for your time here! I look forward to flying with you!
Make sure to see the training portion of this site. I hope to fly with you one day!