Bill and Martha Nelson are the owners of Skystriders which they opened in July of 2014 in Prosser, WA. Bill is the primary Manager of the business, instructor, assembler, maintenance tech, chief cook and bottle washer.
To be more specific, Bill began his flying in the early 1970's when he learned to fly gliders. He went to work for the flight school to earn flight time, and then got his Commercial Certificate and CFI. After the school closed Bill turned to GA airplanes and got just enough hours to earn his pilot's certificate in Cessna 150's and 152's. Then Bill got married and flying came to an end until the mid 2000's.
It was then that the skies drew him again. This time he started with paragliders, but after an accident decided to switch back to something more conventional. Light Sport aircraft had made their debut by this time and that seemed the perfect draw for a pilot who didn't want lots of "airplane" surrounding him. He purchased a Rans S-12 from a local instructor and never looked back.
Since then, over the past 5 years, he's logged upwards of 500 hours and completed a goal he set for himself of landing or doing T&D's at EVERY public airport in WA state. He then attended the 120 hour Light Sport Repairman - Maintenance course at Rainbow Aviation, and earned his CFI in Light Sport Airplanes.
Retirement came next, but Bill wasn't about to just lay around the house. Instead he set a new goal, a Light Sport Aviation business centered on Powered Parachutes which he has just learned to fly. He is also working toward a CFI rating in PPC's and will be an authorized representative for Six Chuter Powered Parachutes. He will instruct in a PPC he is building under the watchful eye of Tom Connelly, the primary assembler of Six Chuters, and then offer a full range of services for both Powered Parachutes and Light Sport Airplanes.
If you're looking for a simple ride in a powered parachute, a full package of lessons leading to your own Light Sport Certificate, or need parts or services for your own LSA, Skystriders is the place to come.
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