Brooks is a certified flight instructor for airplanes and gliders with over 1,200 glider flights and 850+ hours in a wide variety of tailwheel aircraft from Pitts to Super Cub to Pipe Pawnee to Ryan ST replica. He has years of experience towing gliders and operating gliders and aerobatic aircraft in high density altitude conditions in all seasons in Boulder, Colorado. Brooks has flown over 75 makes and models of general aviation aircraft and currently owns a Pitts S-1S and regularly flies a borrowed Bellanca Super Viking with wife and dog(s) onboard. He has previously owned a RV-6, a Skybolt 540, a Cessna 150, another Pitts S-1S, and a 1946 Champ (actually, his wife's plane).
The son of a firefighter and graphic designer, Brooks grew up flying model airplanes in Pennsylvania, starting with a SIG Kadet LT-40 when he was 7 years old.
Brooks is an EAA Flight Advisor and the president of a newly formed EAA Chapter at Shiflet Field (9A9), with the experience of having conducted the first flight and Phase I flight test of a new experimental kit design, a Ryan ST 95% scale replica from Timber Tiger Aircraft. If you are interested in seeing the Oshkosh Award Winning aircraft and coordinating a demonstration flight to decide whether you'd like to purchase a kit, contact Timber Tiger Aircraft and consider visiting 9A9 for a demo!
Brooks aspires to join the airshow circuit and is currently enjoying learning and growing as an aerobatic pilot by actively participating in IAC contests throughout the year and absorbing all he can from friends and mentors who continue to guide him.
When he's not flying, Brooks works as a software engineer at EarthScope, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, USGS, and NASA. Brooks has a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University.
EAA 1271516 (Flight Advisor)
EAA Chapter 1662, President
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Here's a breakdown of my hours flown across various makes and models. This graphic is rendered on-the-fly to show the latest information from my logbook (Google Sheets + Observable + Code).
"Brooks ferried our open cockpit Biplane in October 2020 from California to Missouri.
He navigated thru wildfire smoke in California, high density altitude of 9300ft at Flagstaff and Vegas plus cold weather approaching Boulder, Co.
He took a break in Boulder before he took off towards Missouri. High winds and rain kept the plain in Salina for several days before Brooks took it to the home stretch and arrived safely in Washington Missouri.
Brooks communicated with me every day and thru every fuel stop and I was always well informed of the status of his flight. Brooks kept safety front and center throughout the entire trip.
I was totally fine with all decisions he made when he stopped because of weather or to take a break. We could not have asked for a more competent pilot to transfer our plane!
Brooks checked me out on the Starduster upon his arrival in Missouri. It was some of the best flight training I got.
I recommend Brooks for ferrying airplanes and as an instructor. I would not hesitate to hire him again.
I’ll be happy to answer any questions – Brooks has my contact information."
Starduster Too Ferry Flight from Novato, CA (KDVO) to Washington, MO (KFYG)
"I contracted with Brooks Mershon to fly a very special aircraft from Meadow Lake, Colorado to Sequim, Washington, a flight of approximately 1300 NM. I own an Aviat Husky but had no Cub time. The aircraft is a restored 1944 Piper L-4H, a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and the advance into Germany. It was assigned to the 30th Infantry Division, Ninth Army. Cruising at 75 mph with no electrical system, numerous fuel stops were required in the unsettled spring weather of the Rocky Mountains and Cascade Range of Washington. The flight took 22 hours over 4 days. What a great pilot! Extremely experienced in tailwheel aircraft and professional in all aspects of flight planning and communicating with me along the way. The aircraft arrived in perfect condition. He’s the best and I highly recommend his services!"
Dave Woodcock, DDS EAA 48244
"Hello Fellow Pilots: Brooks Mershon was a pleasure to work with. I contracted with him to ferry my plane over 700 nautical miles to bring my plane to my local airport. Brooks was easy to work with and passionate about his interest in aviation. I felt comfortable with him in control of my plane. If I need ferry services, I know where to go!"
"Brooks ferried my new VANs RV6 (tailwheel). I'm a new pilot so I neither had the expertise nor proficiency (or confidence) to ferry my plane; Brooks was of great help to safely transport my plane to my home airport.
He's a professional pilot who has extensive experience flying multiple variations of aircraft and hence has the ability to master new airplanes; he additionally helped me with transition training.
Brooks' flying expertise, coupled with an innate electrical, mechanical and aeronautical understanding of aircraft (i'm an engineer, hence can assess), arms him with excellent aeronautical decision making skills to ensure a success flight.
Don't hesitate to contract Brooks to help ferry your airplane."
Dr D Palfreyman, BEng (Hons), A.IMECHE, ASME, DIC, PhD