began his helicopter flying quest by purchasing a used helicopter
with impeccable log books showing all maintenance had been accomplished
by the previous owner. He hired a flight instructor who had told
him that he was experienced in Rotorway helicopters and arranged
for this gentleman to travel to Steve's location and provide him
with his flight instruction in his own Rotorway Exec 90.
After the flight instructor had been at Steve's for 5 days, Steve
had still not received any flight training. This instructor told
Steve that he could go ahead and go to work at his place of business
while the instructor worked on the helicopter. After 5 days of
this and seeing no end in site, Steve paid the flight instructor
off and sent him on his way. He returned to his office and was
considering how to sell his Rotorway and was ready to give up
his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. As he sat at his desk
he picked up the latest copy of an experimental aircraft publication
and thumbed through it. He noticed a story about flight training
in one's own Rotorway helicopter by Orv Neisingh of Sho-Me Helicopters,
LLC. Right then and there he called Orv and asked if he could
travel to Steve's hangar in Searcy, AR to get his flight training.
Orv was home and Searcy was just a short drive away so Orv agreed
to drive to Steve's location and begin his flight training.
Steve went on to get his private, commercial, and instrument
ratings in helicopters. He started his own business called Bull
Dog Aviation in Searcy, AR where he has both a fixed wing and
helicopter flight training center. Steve is also now an FAA Designated
Pilot Examiner with a very good understanding of the Rotorway
helicopters. Steve provides private and commercial helicopter
practical tests now for Orv Neisingh's students who wish to use
him as their examiner. He is a great guy and we at Sho-Me Helicopters
have never heard a negative comment from any of our students who
have taken their check rides with him. We will not send you to
Steve until you are ready.