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
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
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.
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.