My wife and I now live in Mesa, AZ after spending many years in the Midwest. I initially learned to fly gliders during my senior year in high school at Skylark Gliderport at Lake Elsinore, CA, and received my private license. Then after college I worked at a couple of flight schools in Compton and Long Beach where I got my single engine land license. I was away from soaring with a few exceptions for quite a number of years. After moving to Arizona I began looking for soaring options and found Prescott Area Soaring and my profile picture is from my first solo flight in 39 years.
I work in the software / I.T. industry and my current employer works with public sector customers, and is very veteran focused. This brought me to a longtime goal of helping people with disabilities to experience soaring. That's why I started looking at Freedom's Wings International. Also, one of my companies major resellers is located in NJ and I was ready to visit FWI before the COVID-19 pandemic happened. And will visit once we can travel again.