Five on the Fly

Five on the Fly: Mark Novak

Five on the Fly: Mark Novak

WHO: Mark Novak POSITION: B-29 Doc Chief Pilot HOMEBASE: Dawson, NE RATINGS: Comm/Inst/SEL&MEL with types in LR-JET B-707 B-720 DC-B26 and Authorized Experimental Aircraft, B-29 HOURS: 5,200 Military 3,000 Civilian 350 in the B-29 1. Can you summarize your piloting background?  I was a military pilot for almost 24 years, flying great aircraft like the C-21 (military Read More

Five on the Fly: Randy Groom

Five on the Fly: Randy Groom

WHO: Randy Groom POSITION: Founder and President, Groom Aviation Former President, Beechcraft Former Executive Vice President, Piper Aircraft HOMEBASE: Vero Beach, FL RATINGS: Commercial Instrument Single/Multi Land & Sea King Air 300/350/1900 Type Rating HOURS: 11,000 1. Throughout your career, you’ve had a front-row seat to many of general aviation’s dramatic changes, consolidations and significant downturns over the Read More

Five on the Fly: Kirby Chambliss

Five on the Fly: Kirby Chambliss

WHO: Kirby Chambliss POSITION: Owner, Team Chambliss Aerobatic Performer & Red Bull Air Race Pilot HOMEBASE: Flying Crown Ranch near Eloy, AZ FLEET: Piper M600 Edge 540 (airshow plane) Two-place Edge 540T (for media/publicity) 1946 Piper J3 Cub Fieseler Storch RATINGS & HOURS: ATP 28,000 hours NUMBER SKYDIVE JUMPS: 1000+ Aerobatic champion and Red Bull Air Race star Kirby Read More

Five on the Fly: Walt Fricke

The Veterans Airlift Command provides free private air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. WHO: Walt Fricke POSITION: Veterans Airlift Command Airboss/Chairman/Founder HOMEBASE: Minneapolis, MN RATINGS: Commerical ASMEL, Instrument (airplane & helicopter), Glider HOURS: 5,000 1. What Read More

Five on the Fly: Ryan Reid

Five on the Fly: Ryan Reid

WHO: Ryan Reid POSITION: Sales Account Manager, Chief Pilot Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics HOMEBASE: Wichita, Kansas RATINGS: Commercial Single Engine Land, Commercial Multi-Engine Land, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI HOURS: 1,500   1. Can you describe your role at Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics?  I have worn several hats over the course of my nine years. Some of my Read More