Beech River Regional Airport
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Beech River
Regional Airport

1600 Mount Ararat Rd.
Darden, TN 38328

Phone: (731) 845-5740
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Past Pilots of the Month

Past Pilots of the Month

Don Carlson

Don says: "Growing up, my dad was always working on engines and I soon picked up his passion for everything mechanical. He flew model planes as a young man and got my brother and I into that sport. I started flying radio controlled plans and when I started doing aerobatics, I'd put a plane through a maneuver and wonder, "what does that feel like?". I was flying r/c planes at the old Franklin Wilkins airport and one of the pilots made the comment that for the money I had in one of my r/c planes, I could be a pilot. That woke me up to the fact that I could learn to fly and find out what all of that stuff felt like. On my first lesson, the feeling from being at the controls had me hooked. 3 hours after getting my PPL, my instructor (Johnny Williams) and I flew to Summerville and we each took an introductory aerobatic lesson. It was awesome to see and feel a small sample of what I'd been putting those model planes through, even if it did turn me green."

Don Carlson started flying in May, 1991. He is an instrument rated private pilot with 10 hours of aerobatic training and one static-line parachute jump. Don owns and flies a beautiful 1975 Grumman Tiger. He is involved in the EAA Young Eagles Program and is PVE's AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer
Rick Hatcher
Rick Hatcher

Rick Hatcher has been flying since 1975. However, he says his first attempts at flight as a child using big sheets of cardboard didn’t work out real well! He started flying at Franklin-Wilkins Airport in Lexington with Mr. Boen as his instructor. “My first lesson scared the daylights out of me!” says Rick. “It was sooo rough! Once we got up a little higher, it smoothed out.” Rick got his private pilot’s license in the spring of 1975. He has been a commercial pilot since 1981. One hour after receiving the rating, he was flying smoke patrol for the state. He is also a CFII and has taught countless students how to fly. Rick now holds an Airline Transport Rating as well as CFII and MEI. He has over 8100 hours of flight time. He currently flies a Cessna Citation 500 and has flown for Graves and Graves Construction for the last 28 years.
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