About Boulder Pilot
Boulder Pilot was formed by Brooks Mershon and Andrew Malousek near the beginning of 2020. Brooks and Andrew met flying gliders in Boulder, Colorado. The company started as a way to have fun flying interesting and particularly demanding aircraft by offering ferry services during a time when a lot of people found themselves... grounded. As a means for meeting cool people, visiting incredible places, and flying cool #$%& while getting paid to do it, Boulder Pilot has been a big success. One of the clients we delivered a plane to ended up serving as a wedding photographer for Brooks, with a ceremony held on a private airstrip owned by friends of the photographer. We truly enjoy the people we get to work with through our work.
More generally, Boulder Pilot is aimed at providing a source of competence in handling a wide variety of general aviation aircraft, especially that little niche of aviation that is becoming a bit more difficult to find quality training for nowadays. Tailwheel. Biplanes. High performance experimental aircraft. Gliders. Motor gliders. You owe it to yourself to set yourself up for success with the right training and the right people handling your plane.
Brooks and Andrew have been fortunate in their aviation careers to go off the beaten path and fly a wide variety of exciting aircraft, which all together allow them to feel comfortable in handling aircraft they have never flown before. The more you fly, the more you can fly, so it seems.
Recently, Boulder Pilot has become involved with conducting flight test and design consultation on a new kit design, a Ryan ST 95% replica aimed at the open cockpit LSA market. Very rad. We are proud to be involved in such a wonderful project, taking a promising new kit through flight test to flight demos and kit production. We pride ourselves on being trusted to take on such a project.
Move your plane closer to you.
Provide transition training upon delivery.
Provide tail-wheel instruction or other transition training.
Conduct flight reviews in the Denver Metro area.
Provide consultation and possibly flight test for new experimental aircraft, especially designs destined for production.
Provide general flight instruction in your airplane, commuting by car, our Cessna 150L, or the airlines out of DENVER.
Provide flight instruction and introductory flights in our Cessna 150L (dual only).
Make everything easy and transparent using Square™ for estimates, invoices, and payment.
Brooks is a certified flight instructor for airplanes and gliders with over 1,000 commercial glider flights and 550+ hours in tailwheel aircraft. Brooks currently owns and operates a Pitts S1S, competing in Sportsman, and is a partner in the Boulder Pilot Cessna 150. He has previously owned a Skybolt 540 and a RV-6. Brooks has flown over 50 makes and models of airplanes and gliders, averaging about 500 hours of flying per year.
Brooks is an active commercial glider pilot and tow pilot at Boulder Airport. He performs ferry flights, transition training, and design and test flight consulting for a new to market experimental kit design based out of the Denver Metro area when he is not flying for work or pleasure.
Brooks has a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University and a background in computer aided design software prior to working as a commercial pilot.
Brooks specializes in ferrying and instructing in tailwheel, biplanes, Van's RV series, Cubs, and gliders for both primary and transition training. He has been involved with one successful first flight of an Experimental kit design, a Ryan ST 95% replica.
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 in Boulder. 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.
Give us a shout if you think Malousek might be just the guy to move your round-engine plane or provide you with high-quality transition training in the Rocky Mountain area. Andrew balances laid back fun with the exacting standards you would expect from a military pilot.
"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
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KBDU offers a good overnight stop before or after crossing the Continental Divide. I can rest at my home, secure your plane in a hangar, and depart first thing the next morning. This is worth considering if the routing will be taking me by my home airport.
KBDU is about 40 minutes from DEN by car.
Why Choose Boulder Pilot?
Little general aviation (GA) airplanes, especially EXPERIMENTAL amateur built aircraft, tend to have handling characteristics that present problems for the uninitiated. There are a lot of pilots out there willing to fly your plane with a fresh tailwheel endorsement or tons of Cessna 172 cross country time and a bunch of recent time flying a jet from the right seat. Ratings won't protect your plane. You do not necessarily want these people in your new toy. Current experience and solid stick and rudder skills matters... a lot, both in moving your plane and teaching you how to fly it well.
The reality is that some little planes are truly difficult to land or otherwise handle safely and it requires a ferry pilot with high currency and a wide breadth of experience in demanding light aircraft to bolster yourself against the risk of something silly happening to your plane. It takes a bit of stamina to fly all day without a silly mistake. Some planes require someone who is just plain sharp on the stick in order to give you a good outcome in the face of the unexpected.
Judgement and reflexes can save a plane. A pilot who flies regularly in a wide range of aircraft in all seasons in Boulder, CO sees a vast spectrum of challenging conditions. You want that pilot. You want someone who is capable of treating your plane right, no matter what. You want a pilot who will just figure it out, including the logistics that happen on the ground before and after the flight.
And of course, if you need transition training, I can help bring all of my experience any any recent experience in ferrying your particular aircraft to the table to ensure you are set up for success with a new-to-you plane.
Everything is invoiced through Square. We start off the process with an estimate to give you an idea of what we anticipate the project will cost to move your plane, train you, or provide consultation on your project.
Expect a minimum of $350 per day plus expenses, depending on the type of aircraft and route to be flown for ferry services.
Expect a minimum of $400 per day for transition training in your aircraft away from our home airport KBDU.
Expect a minimum of $65 per hour for transition training in your aircraft @ KBDU.
Expect to book airline tickets that work for both you and the ferry pilot if needed.
Weather is the biggest constraint on the specific dates chosen for the flight.
Airfare is highly variable and it is often necessary to pay a premium to get the desired weather window.
Browse Google Flights from DEN to your nearest hubs if you are wondering how to find flights.
Uber/Lyft is cheap. But rides arranged from a seller or buyer of the aircraft with time on their hands always helps.
We use current Government meals and incidentals and lodging tables for estimated on the road expenses.
Expect a 50% deposit on the anticipated ferry fee and 100% deposit on expected known expenses that I will be responsible for along the way. Known expenses include fuel, a small allotment for tips to ground transportation help, and other miscellaneous known expenses.
We use day rates for away from base work and hourly rates for instruction conducted at KBDU or KLMO, in most cases.
Upon delivery or the completion of training, a final invoice will be quickly reconciled with logged expenses and this can be paid easily by swiping a credit card in person or by paying the invoice you will receive by email right then and there. Easy!
Travel out of Denver International and return to Denver International in most cases. Weather and timing of airline travel may affect your trip. Please be flexible.
Conveniently, any routes that go by Boulder Municipal Airport (KBDU) allow us to overnight for free and usually park your plane in a box hangar. This allows me to comfortably secure the plane and launch first thing the next morning without worrying about other logistics. KBDU is a good halfway stop before or after crossing The Continental Divide and allows for pausing a trip due to weather or other scheduling concerns.
I need to be a named insured on your insurance policy and receive proof of the status of the insurance before I fly. Named Pilot or meeting open pilot requirements does not provide sufficient protection for us.
Named Pilot plus a waiver of subrogation works.
Available upon request.
Please give us as much info as you can in your initial inquiry so I can make a good preliminary assessment of cost.
Please send pictures of the aircraft if you are requesting ferry services or transition training in your aircraft.
If you are expecting transition training, we would appreciate a summary of your past and current flying experience so I can form a plan for training and travel required.
Don't be bashful.
In general, we cannot conduct training or ferry flights until we have spoken on the phone. Emails with pertinent information are a great way to start the conversation and paint a picture of your particular situation.
Call or leave a text if you are interested in starting a conversation regarding ferrying an aircraft, flight instruction, or other general inquiries regarding Boulder Pilot. We will get back to you as soon as possible. We are probably flying or pacing around on the ramp somewhere.