Who is Brent Owens?
- Creator of iFLYblog.com
- Senior level management pilot at a large corporate jet operator
- Falcon 2000 Captain
- Vice President of EAA 9, Inc
- EAA Technical Counselor
- EAA Flight Advisor
- Aircraft builder
My Story (the short version):
I started flying April of 1986 at the tender age of 15. I have pursued aviation ever since – still do, having been lucky enough to make a living in this industry since my teens.
My education was all civilian and early on it was pretty typical of today’s training programs. It was when I started flying-for-hire that my learning took on new direction under, my then employer, Jim Brewer. He taught me about flying in ways I could have never learned from a book or in the mainstream aviation circles – I owe him a lot.
Under Jim and others employers, I have been exposed to flying over 40 types of aircraft from ultralights to corporate jets, amassing just under 10,000 hours of flight time. In that time as former instructor, I taught dozens of people to fly in all types of aircraft. I also worked as test and demonstration pilot for a kit aircraft manufacturer and taught myself aerobatics.
I completed and currently fly an RV-8 kit aircraft, but over my career I have restored two other aircraft and assisted in the maintenance on dozens more (composite, tube and fabric, wood, and metal). I am a Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor for the Experimental Aircraft Association and Vice President of our local chapter – EAA9.org
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 different perspectives – something that I hope will benefit the reader.
As stated previously, my goal is to use this medium to promote, educate, and share this great gift of flight that we all enjoy!
some photos of airplanes that I have had the pleasure of flying: