Eagles' Wings Flight Training - Since 1984


  History of Eagles' Wings

Updated January 16, 2012


    I began my flying career in the Piper Cub pictured here.  In April, 1976, at a small farm field at Williamsburg, West Virginia, I began flying with a retired instructor, Tate Mauzy*. The airplane is a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub.  It has only 65 horsepower, but with two of us, it would be airborne in about half of the 800 foot strip.

 Tate Mauzy passed away October 16, 1996, at the age of 86. The picture above was one of his favorites - just seconds from a smooth 3-point landing in his private strip. This nice Cub is still owned and flown by his son, Bill Mauzy.



   In September, 1976, I began flying with Mrs. Ruth Gwinn, manager of  Hinton-Alderson Airport at Pence Springs. She is pictured here with her 1959 Cessna 150.  I soloed in this plane at Lewisburg on March 19, 1977.  Mrs. Gwinn died in October 2010.

    I received my Private Pilot's License at Beckley, West Virginia, May 5, 1978. 

    Eagles' Wings actually got its name as a carry over from the name of a magazine I tried to "get of the ground" in the early 1980s.  I advertised in Trade-a-Plane, and got responses from all over the world, but did not get enough new interest continually to keep it going.

    Some of those who corresponded with me through this effort were Dorothy Ferris, who then owned the Taylorcraft Company,  the Benson who was famous for gyrocopters, and Larry Montgomery, of Larmont Aviation, a promoter Helio airplanes and missionary aviation.  The head of the Flying Octogenarians (pilots over eighty,) and Kings Engineering Co., designers of the Angel airplane, also. I think our little magazine was the first to feature the Angel on the cover.

   I received most of my further training at Mallory Airport in South Charleston, West Virginia. I received my Instrument Rating in 1983, and the Commercial Pilot Certificate, and Flight Instructor the following year.  I had many hours of training with Benny Mallory, and the late Merry Casto. 

    Since 1984, I have tried to provide thorough, quality flight training at a reasonable price. Since the end of 1995 we have spent over seven years in Papua New Guinea. We are involved in educational and aviation oriented missionary work there.  As of January 2012, we are in the United States, but planning to spend some months in Papua New Guinea later this year.







Eagles' Wings - Reaching around the world from the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia.


I'd be glad to hear from you: david@eagleswings.net