My wife treated me to the surprise opportunity of combining my passion for flying and the chance of warmer weather in way of a 10 day holiday around the Christmas/New Year period of 2016/17.
As a pilot myself I have always enjoyed a diverse variation of aircraft and love the community spirit of the General Aviation fraternity but secretly hankered flying vintage aircraft from a bygone era.
From the outset, on the initial meeting with Tim and Peggy Preston of Preston Aviation in the office based in the main municipal airport facilities in Winter Haven, it was obvious that here were a couple with a passion and a spirit for flying that was tangible away from the obvious business side of the enterprise.
Their love of life and commitment to flying was infectious.
I had nearly two hours of instruction and hands on, flying the delightful 1940’s Boeing Stearman which is lovingly maintained and flown, it was an absolute pleasure to have been part of that passion Tim and Peggy obviously have and the history surrounding that lovely aircraft.
Peggy was a very able assistant in the initial strapping in and continued in her role as photographer and was treated to an extensive amount of photographs later sent by email together with go-pro footage made available at the time via helmet mounted cam’ which has resulted in a collection of superb visual memories.
Tim is thorough in his pre-flight inspection, cockpit and initial flight instruction and was happy for me to take control for most of the flying reinforcing my confidence in him and the flights also included an outlanding to a delightful grass strip, never officious in his role as instructor but encouraging and wonderfully supportive when required.
Well done Tim and Peggy Preston, you have made a fellow aviator a very happy individual indeed good luck in the future.
Clive and Pamela