For the general aviation pilot, a day’s work could be anything from the mundane to the exciting, and some days, everything in between. For Mark Burgess, it’s all in a day’s work, and with 40 years and more than 14,000 flight hours under his belt, he has released a new book highlighting some of his greatest adventures.
Burgess, whose new book ‘Charter Pilot – Rare Adventures in Aviation’ was recently released through Booklocker.com, was hooked when he took his first flight as a teenager. He became a licensed pilot at the age of 17, and hasn’t looked back. He defines his book as, “Part explanation of things you can do in aviation without getting shot at, part personal story, and funny tales to give you an idea of what happens and why.”
Through the years Burgess has flown friends, students and clients (many affluent, some athletic, political, distraught and all points in between); transported donated organs to save lives; transferred federal prisoners; flown fire patrol; trained pilots; sucked birds into jet engines; pursued a “midnight marauder;” narrowly avoided disastrous collisions; followed train derailments; braved life-threatening weather; and endured “hours of boredom interrupted by moments of sheer terror!” In the process, Burgess has witnessed the escapades of well-known passengers and enjoyed spending other people’s money on luxurious lifestyles.
Amazon reviewers have pointed out that Burgess, “Accurately captures the imagination of the reader as he concisely lays out just what it’s like and what it takes to be a professional pilot, especially in this day and age” and how the, “craziness he deals with is amazing!”
With a conversational writing style and wry sense of humor, Burgess takes the reader with him through a fascinating career in general aviation. Charter Pilot is a must read for anyone interested in general aviation, its history, and the funny and sometimes-scary adventures of a professional pilot.
Burgess started working in the aviation industry in the late 1970s, and since mid-2007, he’s run OzAir Charter Service through Burgess Aircraft Management LLC. The sky is the limit for Burgess, and in 2014 and 2015, his business was been named one of the fastest-growing companies in southwest Missouri.
About the Author
Mark A. Burgess grew from an airplane-happy youth in a small Missouri town to become a certified pilot at age 17. He then became an instructor and eventually a pilot examiner. Today, Burgess is a successful entrepreneur with a rapidly growing charter aviation and aircraft management company. With a client list that includes some of world’s most recognizable names, Burgess has 40 years and over 14,000 flight hours’ worth of adventures to share. Charter Pilot – Rare Adventures in Aviation is his first book.