Andrew the "Bald Eagle"
Andrew is a native of New York State, but has lived in Missouri, California, and Florida before settling in Virginia. He learned to fly at age 16 in a Piper Cub, before even learning to drive, and has been flying for 40 years, accumulating over 4,000 hours of flight time. He grew up spending weekends at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck, New York, where his father owned a World War 2 vintage British DeHavilland Tiger Moth biplane. His father and uncle flew in the weekly airshows there, and at age 19 he flew his first airshow at the Aerodrome. Several other relatives were involved as ground crew, and his brother still flies in the Rhinebeck airshows.
After five seasons of airshow flying Andrew left New York and spent the next decade or so moving around the country, working for various museums and aircraft collections, and seeking out new flying experiences. To date he has flown over 140 different types of aircraft, and has flown pre-1950 aircraft in all 50 United States.
In 1997 he started Bald Eagle Aviation in Virginia as a shop for vintage aircraft restoration and maintenance. Whenever possible he takes part in flying displays, and is often called on to deliver vintage aircraft from one part of the country to another after they've been sold to a new owner.
For the last few years he has enjoyed giving biplane rides with Goodfolk and O'Tymes Biplane Rides in Ohio, and at the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, Pennsylvania. Finally he decided to buy a biplane of his own to start a barnstorming biplane rides operation at his home airport, Culpeper Regional Airport in Culpeper, Virginia.
Andrew likes long walks on the beach, Robert Service poetry, and yelling at other drivers. "The left lane is for passing!"
And of course he likes seeing the smiles of his passengers when they climb out of the front cockpit after experiencing a thrilling flight in an open cockpit biplane-
Andrew preparing to fly a 1932 Pitcairn Autogiro
Andrew as a young boy at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome with a World War 1 SPAD