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Chris Carmel

Ridgeland, South Carolina

I was born and grew up near Detroit, Michigan. I received a B.A. from the University of Vermont in 1979. I began flying while attending college in Claremont, California, taking flying lessons from a family friend who was a pilot for Continental Airlines. My first aviation-related job, and first job out of college, was working as Associate Editor of Flying Magazine, where I wrote and edited feature articles, summarized NTSB reports, and analyzed and wrote about aviation accidents. I flew the magazine’s Beechcraft A36 Bonanza around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

I have 2,000 hours of total time, and instrument, single-engine land and sea, and glider ratings. I’ve owned an Aviat Husky A1-B since 2006, in which I’ve accumulated about 900 hours of flight time. My particular interest is back-country and off-airport flying, which the Husky is well suited for.

My wife Lili and I were married in 1991 and have two children. I enjoy skiing, hiking, fishing, photography, tennis, golf, and other outdoor activities. My wife and I have lived in coastal South Carolina for less than two years, but we have quickly grown to love the unique ecosystem of the ACE basin. It’s immediately apparent from the air that much of this region is basically aquatic wilderness, and like wild places everywhere, needs our advocacy and protection. I hope to b able to make a small contribution toward this end by becoming part of Southwings’ network.

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