An Aviator At Heart

An Aviator At Heart

by Ilyan Kei Lavanway


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All he wanted was to fly. A teenage pilot with an itchy throttle hand, a DaVinci-esque knack for sketching, and four generations of aeronautical heritage can't wait to manifest his passionate aversion to the ground. He sees every hard earned dollar as a tick on the Hobbs meter. Every unencumbered swath of dirt is a potential landing strip, legal or not.

His head literally in the clouds over airplanes and girls, the young Aviator can't take a hint. Oblivious to the opportunities and history right under his nose, his jaunts over the Cascade Mountains of Washington State to fly 1940s era taildraggers at Evergreen Field land him in the company of local aviation legend, Wally Olson.

Three decades later, the reminiscent Aviator gets 20/20 vision from Dr. Hindsight.

This book is packed with adventures and illustrations that provide a uniquely personal account.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976800491
Publisher: Ilyan Kei Lavanway
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Ilyan Kei Lavanway is a Christian author. He is married and has one son who has Down's syndrome. Mr. Lavanway is the oldest of eight siblings, seven of whom are living as of this writing. He grew up in Washington State, served as a full-time missionary for two years in the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served nearly fourteen years on active duty in the United States Air Force. While attending Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics at the University of Washington, Seattle. While on active duty as a Minuteman Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch officer, he earned a Master of Science degree in Space Studies at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He also served in various academic capacities while on active duty. After leaving the military, Mr. Lavanway opened a new chapter in life, developing a passion for writing.

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