Fridays Fabulous Flyer
"My goal is to promote, educate, and share this great gift of flight that we all enjoy!"
Brent tells me he started flying April of 1986, at the "tender age of 15" and has pursued aviation ever since. He's proven that passion can carry you far, and love of flight can change your life.
His education was all civilian and pretty typical... a small town FBO for his Private license, and then he attended a big flight school for the balance of the training.
"After flight school I returned to my hometown of Duncan, Oklahoma, where I started my career as a Flight Instructor. It was after the FBO was acquired by my mentor, Jim Brewer, that things started to change - for the good!"
"Business boomed and I learned more about flying in those 5 years than I could have ever imagined."
Brent flew students in trainers, taught taildragger pilots in the company Luscombe, and even flew Jim's Beech 18.
After amassing the requisite twin time, he moved on to his current employer, that he has been with for 17 years flying corporate jets. He does double duty now splitting his time between office work and line flying, a combination that allows him more time at home and the ability to help support the line pilots from inside the company.
Brent has flown over 40 types of aircraft from ultralights to jets, accumulating just under 10,000 hours of flight time. In that time as a former instructor, he taught dozens of people to fly in all types of aircraft. During his time-building years he also worked as a test and demonstration pilot for a kit aircraft manufacturer flying a scaled down version of a P-51D.
"In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what you fly, we are a brotherhood. Flying is such a wonderful experience and I am extremely passionate about it – just ask my friends!"
He completed, and currently flies, an RV-8 kit aircraft in 2011. He has also restored two other aircraft and assisted in the maintenance on dozens of others (composite, tube and fabric, wood, and metal). He is a Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor for the Experimental Aircraft Association and Vice President of EAA Chapter 9.
"Currently I’m a management pilot and Falcon 2000 Captain for a large corporate operator in Ohio so I no longer fly full-time, but enjoy a blend of flying part-time at work and flying recreationally in my free time. This affords me the opportunity to view our general aviation community from a completely different perspective."
Brent can be found at fixedwingbuddha.com where he shares money-saving tips of all kinds for pilots, writes an aviation blog. Brent is also part of the Blogging In Formation Team.
If you love aviation and want to connect with experience and passion... check our Brent Owens' Blog and his new site on how to save money.
Enjoy the Journey!