So You Think You Want to Fly? by Ron Carpenter


A foundling wandering by the railroad tracks, Ron Carpenter was found and fostered by a young woman when he was two and a half years old. At the age of eleven, he started to find a job, had worked on a farm— from sunrise to sunset— and did some other odd jobs after school. He quit high school to join the military and fought a war in Korea. After his honorable discharge, he received his General Education and pursued in college with the GI Bill assistance. While on a plane ride with his wife’s friend, he discovered that he could handle the plane fairly well and was hooked on flying since then. With much vigor to chase after his newly found course, he took the hard way of becoming a pilot of his own aircraft. He found a job in Fairbanks as a computer field engineer working for the military and a couple flying jobs on his own. He then applied with FAA and formed his own air taxi service before running into a snag with other bush pilot operations. Now, he was with one of the local carriers and is flying the dream he ought to have. “It is a wonderful career as long as you do not worry about what is unknown. Just do it with knowledge and confidence,”

Finding Passion Beyond Unexpected Heights

For author Ron Carpenter, his foray into the world of flying and airplanes began with a guy named Hank, a policeman who loved to fly in his off-duty time. After their first flight over Glendale, Arizona, in a Cessna 172, Carpenter was hooked. In So You Think You Want to Fly!, he shares his detailed story of learning to fly and how he eventually became a bush pilot in Alaska. In this memoir, Carpenter tells how he and his wife took flying lessons together, logged air time, passed their exams, and how they purchased several airplanes. He narrates some of their excursions, in-flight experiences, destinations, and near-miss incidents. So You Think You Want to Fly! discusses how Carpenter took the opportunity to fly in Alaska and the wide range of passengers and places he flew. Offering firsthand insights into the world of airplanes and flying, Carpenter gives a look at the world from the seat of a cockpit.

More About the Author

Ron Carpenter is an adventurous man who liked to live on the edge. He flew to bush native villages throughout the wilds of Alaska. Carpenter lived a harsh life with native Indians and Eskimos. Retired, he lives in Arizona and has two daughters. Carpenter writes that flying in Alaska was like playing Russian roulette.

So You Think You Want to Fly! is available at Amazon in Kindle and Paperback:


Finding Passion Beyond Unexpected HeightsSo You Think You Want to Fly

By Ron Carpenter

Genre: Biograohy & Memoirs

Paperback: 112 pages

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN-10: 1532039859

ISBN-13: 978-1532039850


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