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2018-06-07 / Front Page

Fisher follows his passion of flying around the world

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter

For 36-year-old Garrett Fisher, flying has been his passion. Starting at an early age, he would constantly be around his grandfather’s Cub & Super Cub restoration shop trying to learn from him and even go on flights with him.

Fast forward to 2018, and Fisher has flown hundreds of times around the United States and Europe. He inherited what was originally his grandfather’s Piper PA-11 Cub Special airplane and has used the plane for more than 19 years.

“My grandfather originally bought the plane in the 1980s, and I began formal lessons the day after I turned 16, soloing outside of Buffalo near the family home,” Fisher said. “I got my private certificate in 1998 at age 17 and enjoyed a few years of typical here-and-there local flying before life got in the way and I ended up moving to North Carolina.”

Fisher grew up in the town of Bennington, just eight miles outside of East Aurora. After spending some time in North Carolina, he made his way out west to live in Wyoming and Summit County, Colorado — the locations of his latest published book.

Fisher has actually published 16 books, but his most recent book, released on May 6, is called “Glaciers of the Rockies.” This book features 177 aerial images and detailed accounts of his flights above the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

“In the late 1990s, I discovered that expert opinions believed that the glaciers on the Rocky Mountains would be completely gone by 2030,” Fisher said. “When I realized how close I was to these mountain ranges, I had to check it out for myself, and looking back on it, I’m so glad I did.”

According to Fisher, he has roughly 250,000 aerial photos from all of his flights over the years and he plans on writing more books to share these photographs. Fisher works as a financial consultant and now lives in Spain. He previously lived in Germany and has lived in Europe for almost three years.

Fisher’s Piper PA-11 Cub Special has reached a maximum height of 16,300 feet. Fisher’s next goal is to fly over Mont Blanc in France, the highest peak in the Alps, at 15,674 feet. He said he has plans to visit France later this summer.

“I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon,” Fisher said. “I hope I can fly until I’m dead. The plane is in great shape, so it should be able to last for a long time. I just feel very peaceful and at home when I’m in the sky, and being able to capture these aerial images is absolutely breathtaking.”

“Glaciers of the Rockies” can be purchased for $25 by visiting www.amazon.com. To learn more about Fisher, visit www.garrettfisher.me.

email: nickk@beenews.com

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