Photo courtesy of Alan Coovert.
The aircraft subsequently crashed (through
no fault of JB's), and someone died after one
of the seatbelts came loose during the crash.
Bird's Nest Aviation, Inc. got sued and, after
extended browbeating by all parties, settled
out of court. In the niggling exchange of ac-
cusations and rebuttals, JB set out for clearer
skies and never returned.
(for a time), a mark-up on Cessna parts, and
a few dollars from selling aircraft fuel. It just
on most weekends, the place resembled a
frat party. All that mischief and cavorting had
little to do with pilots and flight training, and
more to do with the Austin Parachute Center.
returning Vietnam veteran and Army heli-
copter pilot, got it in his head to start a sky-
dive operation and training school. Mike
talked it over with Ray Harding, who liked
the idea, and the two picked out a location
north of the flight shack, on the other side
of the gravel and asphalt ramp, where Mike
had built a fifty-foot square tin building that