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ABOUT YOUR PILOT:

BRIAN ROSENSTEIN

Brian has had his head in the clouds since he was born. His first word, according to his mother, was “plane”. At the age of 14, Brian attended an airshow called the Flying Circus in Bealeton Virginia, a barnstorming style airshow that has operated old biplanes off a big grass airport every Sunday, May through October, since 1971. Brian went back every Sunday until he was hired onto the ground crew to sweep out hangars and take out the trash. He then began his flying lessons shortly thereafter in many of the biplanes at the airshow, which cemented his passion for old-time aviation.

 

After obtaining his Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multi-Engine ratings, Brian became a Certified Flight Instructor in 1996 and has remained current as a CFI ever since. He worked his way up from ground crew member to ride and airshow pilot at the Flying Circus, flying numerous aircraft such as Stearmans, Fleets, Travel Airs, Cubs, and more. In his early career, he also towed banners, dropped skydivers, performed aerial mapping for the USDA, ferried aircraft around the country, and flew traffic reporters around the Washington D.C. area. He also graduated with honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science.

 

Brian now lives in Denver NC and has been a professional airline pilot since 1999, currently flying the Airbus 319/320/321 family of aircraft. He has flown sightseeing, aerobatic, and instructional flights in Stearman biplanes for more than 25 years and has logged more than 13,000 hours in the air, almost 2000 of which is giving flight instruction. Additionally, he won 1st place in the Aerobatic Competition at the 2015 National Stearman Fly-In.

ABOUT OUR PLANE:

1943 STEARMAN N2S-5

Construction of our Stearman N2S-5 was completed by the Boeing Aircraft Company at the Stearman Aircraft Division factory in Wichita Kansas on September 20, 1943. She was purchased by the U.S. Army for the U.S. Navy for $9,120, and accepted into inventory by the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics on September 22, 1943 and assigned BuNo. 43426.

 

She was then flown to Naval Air Station (NAS) Memphis in Millington Tennessee where she remained until April of 1946. She was then transferred to NAS Corpus Christi Texas where she was overhauled and reconditioned. In July of 1947, she was assigned to NAS Weeksville in Elizabeth City North Carolina and placed in storage until being stricken from the inventory and sold by the War Assets Administration in July 1948.

 

Interestingly, she began her civilian life in 1948 right here in Charlotte, having been purchased by the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol for the sum of $550. She spent the next 8 years teaching CAP cadets to fly from what is now called the Charlotte/Douglas Airport and the Gastonia Municipal Airport. In 1956, she was sold to an agricultural service in Liberal Kansas and modified to perform Crop Dusting operations. She then dusted crops throughout Texas and California until being restored to original military configuration in 1985 and moving to Florida. Then, having flown for many years in the salty air, she was again treated to a full restoration to her current condition in 1997 by Caruso Air Service in St. Mary’s Pennsylvania, who specializes in Stearman restorations.

Today, she is lovingly known to us as "Sweet Caroline".

Our friends at Premier Air at the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Airport operate a first-class flight school where you can receive the training necessary to earn your pilots license! Once you’ve tasted the freedom and excitement of flying, you’ll want to talk to the fine folks at Premier Air about taking flying lessons! Contact Cathy at (704)-748-1554 or email fly@premierair.net

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Our friends at Victory Lane Aviation LLC in Concord NC are also great at providing aviation services such as Flight Instruction, Aircraft Maintenance, or Avionics installation. See their website at www.victorylaneaviation.com or call 704-784-0297

Visiting, or have family in, the Washington D.C. area? Visit our friend David Brown at www.brownsbiplanerides.com for an experience similar to ours! We’ve been great friends for more than 25 years!

OUR FRIENDS

Our friends at Premier Air at the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Airport operate a first-class flight school where you can continue your training (after you fly with us, of course!) and receive the training necessary to earn your pilots license! Once you’ve tasted the freedom and excitement of flying, you’ll want to talk to the fine folks at Premier Air about taking flying lessons! Contact Cathy at (704)-748-1554 or email fly@premierair.net

Do you like our website? This site was crafted with the skill and attention to detail by Designs by Steph, a web-design and graphic art freelance company dedicated to quality and customer satisfaction. This website speaks for itself and is proof of the quality of her work! Visit www.designsbysteph.com for more information on her fantastic services and abilities.

Our friends at Victory Lane Aviation LLC in Concord NC are also great at providing aviation services such as Flight Instruction, Aircraft Maintenance, or Avionics installation. See their website at www.victorylaneaviation.com or call 704-784-0297

Visiting, or have family in, the Washington D.C. area? Visit our friend David Brown at www.brownsbiplanerides.com for an experience similar to ours! We’ve been great friends for more than 25 years!

ABOUT YOUR PILOT: MIKE MATTHEWS

Mikey has lived a life practically immersed in aviation. He knew early on that flight was not just a choice in life but his destiny. His childhood was the product of a military flying family, and he grew up flying their 1952 Cessna 170B, which set the tone for his tailwheel addiction.
 

After earning his Flight Instructors certificates in ‘04, he began instructing as well as receiving some professional aerobatic instruction. He then began to teach the art himself and has flown aircraft such as the Pitts, Eagle, Extra, Giles, MX, Acro Sport/Duster, Swick Taylorcraft, Super Decathlon, Hiperbipe, Rans S 9 & 10, AT-6 Texan, The Entire RV Series, Waco and Stearman.
 

He returned to North Carolina in 2006 to fly for Dale Earnhardt Jr., flying the EMB 120 Brasilia Turboprop. He has also flown for the King of Speed, Mr Richard Petty and his son Kyle. He has acquired type ratings in the IA Westwind , Astra/Gulfstream 100 Jet, Embraer E145 and is certified as a factory instructor in the Columbia 400.
 

Mikey has also flown agriculture and aerial application. His tail wheel and aerobatic experience helped earn him a pilot seat in NW Iowa flying radial Air Tractors, Turbine Thrush and M-18 Dromaders for 8 seasons. He claims it’s the most enjoyable job he’s ever had.
 

Now an (ATP) Airline Transport Pilot, he is a Captain on the Embraer 145 for and has logged 7000 hours in 120 different aircraft types and has given over 2500 hours dual flight instruction.