So who am I? What are my passions? My beliefs? What have success and failure taught me? I’m a divorced Father of 3. I enjoy simple pleasures of a good glass of wine, excellent food, and the camaraderie of close friends. I’m a conservative guy from southeast Saskatchewan. I’ve been described as a beer drinking, gun toting redneck. I like the usual men toys of snowmobiles, quads and getting out on the water for a little boating or diving. I make my own wine, like to cook and enjoy tinkering on a home or car project in my shop. Oh, and let’s not forget travel.
I love to explore this wonderful world we live in and have been fortunate enough to travel to Sweden, Ireland, South France and a short stint in London. I’ve spent a great deal of time in Southeast Asia as well as many different provinces and states in North America. The last few years have found me in Peru and Guatemala where I had the good fortune of working in several orphanages and walking the Inca trail into Machu Picchu.
But I LOVE to fly. Higher, farther, faster. I love to strap into an incredible airplane and see what lessons it can teach me about fear and gravity. For me there is no feeling quite like slipping the surly bonds of earth and dancing the sky on laughter silvered wings. I’ve been blessed to have flown (in addition to the usual assortment of Cessna trainers) a Citabria, 1942 NA Harvard, 1947 T33 jet trainer as well as a 1964 L39 jet. I’ve also had the good fortune of flying a Boeing B17 bomber which was one of the American heavy bombers of WWII as well as crewing a B24 Liberator and a Lancaster heavy Bomber, one of only 2 left flying in the world. So not a bad collection of aviation experiences for a relatively low time pilot and I’m always looking for varied and different aircraft to fly.
My personal aircraft is a Supermarine Spitfire MK 26B reproduction of the venerable WWII fighter used by all Commonwealth air forces including the UK and Canada. To own and be able to fly such an aircraft has been a dream of mine since childhood. There has never been a more beautiful and graceful bird take wing since the dawn of aviation. Of course that’s my opinion. My future will also include breaking through the atmosphere and flying in space. I’m booked to fly with Virgin Galactic in the near or possibly far future. Whenever my time comes to fly in space, I’m ready to experience weightlessness and gaze upon the stars from a place unhindered by earth’s atmosphere.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the stories, prose and poetry I’ll share here and remember time flies but the good news is that you’re the pilot.