I was taught to fly at age 13 by my father and have been "hooked" ever since. I've been fortunate enough to fly many different types of aircraft ranging from ultralight aircraft to widebody commercial jetliners. I'm currently flying for a foreign carrier that takes me to places I never thought I'd go. I'm currently in the process of restoring a 1957 Champ and hope to soon be flying it near my home in the Pacific NW.


On a cool, spring day, my four legged companion, Lola and I walked along the north shore of the Fraser River together, not too far from where it empties into the sound.  I had been here a dozen times before but this is the first time I brought her along. …

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May Day!

It was supposed to just be an easy flight to an air show. The first sign of trouble came in the form of a strengthening headwind about 45 minutes into the flight. Something felt wrong, but 13-year-old ultralight pilot Scott Burris didn’t know exactly what it was. Then he looked up …

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The Eyes of a Pilot

It’s not often you find an airline pilot whose skill in a cockpit is balanced by creativity and eloquence behind a keyboard. We believe we’ve discovered such a talent in Scott Burris, and we’re happy to present his first Why Fly contribution to you. It’s the stirring retelling of his first solo flight—in an ultralight—at an age you won’t believe!

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