As Phoenix Flight Academy has moved to its new location on the Spanish Fork Airport, I am excited about the prospects of being able to provide flight training at an affordable cost to anyone who has had the itch to fly. As a young man, just out of college in the early 1970's, I had that itch. I was in a position where I had my first job, but still living with my parents, so I had some "disposable" income as it was called. This was a period when the military draft was still in effect, so while I waited for my number to be called, I decided to go to the local airport to taking flying lessons. My father couldn't understand why I would spend my money like that, but I had always wanted to learn to fly, so I did. Little did I know then that I would eventually become a commercial pilot (not an airline transport pilot), get a multi-engine rating and flight instructor rating, as well as become an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic. All that led to me working as a field engineer and manufacturing engineer for Beech Aircraft from 1977 to 1989. I've had the pleasure of flying some interesting and even historic aircraft to some very interesting places. I'll detail some of that in a future article. I also had the pleasure of meeting some interesting aviation personalities, like Louise Thaden, Elinor Smith, Bob Hoover, and, of course, our own Gail Halvorsen, the "Candy Bomber". After leaving Beech Aircraft I drifted away from aviation in favor of a career as a software engineer, culminating in 10 years at FamilySearch. During the last few years at FamilySearch (I retired earlier this year), I began to fly again. I purchased a 1974 Cessna 340 that I planned to restore and use for personal travel. To my surprise, the aircraft that Phoenix uses today became available, and I purchased them. They have taken a lot of work (and money, of course) to put into a condition that I would be proud to present to the public for instruction and rental. It's taken nearly three years to get to this point (and the 340 restoration has been put on the shelf during all that time), but I am truly proud to present not only our aircraft, but our new facility and staff, of whom I am particularly pleased to present to you, the flying public, as one of the most friendly, helpful and knowledgeable flight school staffs I have ever met. I hope you will share my enthusiasm for this new adventure, and that you will reap the rewards of our efforts by being able to learn to fly and know that we are there to help you in any way that we can.
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