BANGOR, Maine — Gene Richardson, owner of the newly launched Maine Aero Services, learned to fly on a Cessna 172 in the early 1990s. He hasn’t stopped flying since.
“It gets in your blood,” he said Tuesday. “I know when I started, I couldn’t fly enough.”
Now Richardson wants to provide other would-be fliers in the Bangor area with the same opportunity he had. Beginning in mid-July, Maine Aero Services — located on Maine Avenue near Bangor International Airport — will launch a flight training school.
Richardson said the training course will consist of ground training first and then supervised flights with a licensed instructor. The instructional plane will be the same plane on which he learned, a single-engine Cessna 172, which he said is one of the easiest and most economical aircrafts to fly.
“You don’t have to have any qualifications other than a desire to learn how to fly,” Richardson said.
There is no age limit on learning to fly at Maine Aero Services. Young people have endless opportunities in the aviation industry while older people can fill their lifelong dream of becoming a pilot, he said.
Richardson created Maine Aero Services Inc. in April to take over operations of the maintenance facility previously run by Telford Aviation, which was sold to an out-of-state firm. He said at the time that his company would continue to service local planes as well as small international aircraft. On Tuesday, Richardson said business has been steady.
“The flight school was part of the plan all along,” he said. “No one in Bangor has done this in awhile.”
Richardson said he could accommodate about a dozen prospective pilots initially, but if it’s popular, he would add another plane and instructor.
“So far, the interest has been great,” he said. “There are an awful lot of people who say they want to learn how to fly.”
For information, contact Maine Aero Services at 990-5555.