About Boulder Pilot
First of all, part of Boulder Pilot
moved is in the process of moving to North Carolina. Shiflet Field (9A9) is a little private field with a 3,300' x 150' runway that happens to be open to the public. A bunch of airplanes operate out of 9A9 on the regular, including a Pitts S-1S now. Brooks got the crazy idea to move to a hangar/home/workshop in NC and still think of himself as a "Boulder Pilot". Once a Boulder Pilot, always a Boulder Pilot. We are looking forward to some seriously cool stuff coming out of Shiflet Field. Serious aerobatics. Serious airplane building. Serious fun with things that fly.
Boulder Pilot was formed in March of 2020 as a side hustle for one of its two owners and an excuse for both of its founders to hang out witch each other and research, ferry, consult, and train cool planes and meet cool people. Between Brooks and Andrew, you have about 250 makes and models of aircraft flown. Boulder Pilot, LLC was formed chiefly in the name of doing cool things with rad planes. To that end, Boulder Pilot has been and continues to be a success, with happy owners and happy customers. We are pilots, and we like to use our good fortune in being able to acquire skills in flying neat and demanding aircraft with other pilots, builders, and friends in the aviation community. Everything we do for Boulder Pilot, we also do on our own anyway.
Since 2020, Boulder Pilot has conducted some audacious ferry trips, including an L4 Grasshopper from Denver to northwest of Seattle and an open cockpit biplane flight done in three trips from Oakland, CA to Washington Missouri with outside air temps well below 40 degrees for much of it! By the beginning of 2021, Boulder Pilot switched gears to become primarily focused on the initial flight test and R&D efforts for the first prototype Ryan ST 95% scale replica from Timber Tiger Aircraft. Brooks conducted the first flight all the way through the completion of Phase I flight test for a new amateur built experimental aircraft in preparation for the aircraft's flying debut at Airventure 2021 (Oshkosh), which follows its previous two years of static display. Look for the aircraft in upcoming magazine articles to be published in the coming months. We've been busy with some photoshoots... that much we can tell you!
So what does Boulder Pilot do now? Well, we spend a lot of time flying gliders, a pair of cute single seat Pitts Specials, Yak 52s, Wilgas, champs, Cubs, Pawnees, Bonanzas, and everything else we can get our hands on in and around our day job commitments. We enjoy practicing and teaching formation flying as well as continuing our long term development relationship with Timber Tiger Aircraft. We are always interested in helping out pilots and builders by consulting on the flying aspects of transition training, first flights, ferrying exotic aircraft, and any other opportunities where we can help do what we do best, which is fly a wide variety of demanding little airplanes.
Think you might want to talk with us about a project? Don't hesitate to reach out. We get back to folks very quickly and prefer an email introduction.
Brooks is a certified flight instructor for airplanes and gliders with over 1,200 commercial glider flights and 700+ hours in tailwheel aircraft, including several years of towing gliders in high density altitude conditions in all seasons in Boulder, Colorado. Brooks currently owns and operates a Pitts S1S. Brooks has flown over 60 makes and models of airplanes and gliders, averaging about 500 hours of flying per year, with 1,550+ hours total time.
Brooks works as a software engineer at UNAVCO, which is a community of scientists, educators, and professionals working together to better understand Earth processes and hazards using geodesy. Brooks has a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University. Outside of aviation, Brooks is particularly interested in open source software, photography, making YouTube videos, nonfiction writing, and making sure nothing gets in the way of his wife making art.
Brooks is an EAA Flight Advisor, with the experience of having conducted the first flights and Phase I flight test of a new experimental kit design, a Ryan ST 95% scale replica from Timber Tiger Aircraft.
Brooks is now based at Shiflet Field (9A9), just a 45 minutes drive from Asheville, NC. However, you can regularly find Brooks in the Denver area throughout the year, especially if you hang out at Mile High Gliding or Journeys Aviation in Boulder, CO.
Andrew is currently flying Boeing 777’s for a major airline and is currently serving as a Colonel/Instructor/Evaluator pilot in the KC-135R in the Air National Guard. When not flying at those two jobs he is a glider pilot and Pitts S-1C driver based out of Boulder (KBDU). He has flown over 14,000 flight hours in more then 180 makes and models. Andrew specializes in tailwheel, radial, warbirds and former Soviet Union aircraft, with a particular affinity for providing formation flying instruction to fellow Guard buddies in his Yak 52s.
If you have an affinity for Russian aircraft, Andrew is the man to talk to, especially if you happen to have a nice Yak 55 or Zlin Z50 that you are interested in selling... ;)
"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