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, the fitness in my life, 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 47 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 and a Glider add on.
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, Helicopter, 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, Just Aircraft – Highlander and the new Stretch SuperStol. I’ve also have a few hours of dual time in a Pilatus PC12 flying it to Alaska with a buddy but Im 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 (7 years now running).
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.
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 Supercub Rev 2 and a Just Aircraft Highlander.
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!