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!
Amazing to hear that he has flown in over 40 types of aircraft! Love to see that Brent did something with his passion and taught other to fly, I would love to do that one day!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great post,
Thank you for the comment Swayne. I'm sure that Brent will take you flying if you end up at his airport one day. Definitely connect with him. He'll be a huge resource one day for your continued success.Delete
Accomplished aviator and a heck of a nice guy to boot. No fair!ReplyDelete
Just kidding.... nice write-up, Karlene! If I'm not mistaken, Brent now owes you a ride in the -8, right?? :-)
I'm thinking he does owe me a ride... doesn't he! lol. Yes... a great guy for sure. Thank you for your comment!Delete
I'm always so impressed with you pilots and how over-the-moon you are about flying (not really over the moon--don't go there!). Great story and what a wonderful passion and career for Brent.ReplyDelete
Well, some go over the moon. I heard a cow did that. Actually...I'm picturing a cool photo. lol. Yes, these guys impress me too. Thank you for the great comment!Delete
So great to hear more about our fellow pilots—and especially our "Blogging in Formation" pilot team! It makes me want to meet in person some day...won't that be epic!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed experiencing Brent's excitement on his blog about rolling out his new toy that he'd been working on for years...and his family seems to be so supportive and proud, even though his wife is deathly afraid to fly!
You go, Brent!!
Yes, that will be epic and we will definitely plan that. I'm thinking OSH next year??? We could make a party of it.Delete
And that was my favorite too. The entire family working on his plane was awesome. A life event for sure. Thank you for your comment!
Hello Karlene. Perhaps slightly off topic, but my calendar is yelling at me. Said calendar suggests we are now Less Than A Month from the debut of Flight for Safety. I can already feel the urge with pleasant anticipation, that minor twitch in my page-turning fingers. Best wishes, -C.ReplyDelete
Yes... we are less than a month. I am in Bombay in the beginning of a 10-day trip, and Flight For Safety is in Alaska with my editor. We are getting close! You don't have to wait too much longer. You'll be hearing more about it soon...Delete