Meet Mike Patey, he is an #avgeek, a PT6er & winner of the 2016 #AirVenture Cup!
INTERVIEW WITH PILOT MIKE PATEY - A PASSION FOR AVIATION LANDS MIKE PATEY SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF TURBULENCE
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When Mike Patey and his twin Mark were 15 years old they put their restless natures together and launched a business building decks for their neighbours in Orem, Utah. By the time they had graduated from high school four years later, their deck-building company had nearly 200 employees. That drive to create, to build, to achieve and succeed has largely defined their lives. Today, both are successful entrepreneurs and skilled pilots with a passion for aviation that's larger than life.
- Mike Patey's favourite airplane at the moment is his highly modified Lancair Legacy kit he has dubbed 'Turbulence'. Powered by an 850 shp PT6A-42 engine, the plane has 'smokin' performance:· Top speed recorded - 438.02 mph· Climb rate is 7,000 feet per minute.· 175-gallon fuel capacity gives Turbulence a 1,600-nautical-mile range at 375 KTAS.· He re-designed/re-built 85 – 90 % of the now distinctive aircraft.· Turbulence weighs 1,900 lbs and is made of 100% carbon fibre materials.
When the twins were in their late 20s, nearly two decades ago, Mike accompanied his father-in-law to an airshow in California. On that same day, Mark decided to visit the local Provo Utah airport. With no knowledge of what the other was up to, they came to the decision individually but at the exact same time – "let's get our pilot's license". When they shared their decisions by telephone the same day they were awed by the route that twin-based fate had dictated for them. Mark was so taken by the coincidence that he bought a used Cessna 172 aircraft on the spot. Nearly 20 years later, they co-own and fly seven aircraft including a selection of propeller-driven airplanes, a small business jet (an Eclipse, powered by P&WC PW600 engines) and a helicopter. They are best friends, business partners, each other's personal support system and devoted family men.
Mike uses aviation to empower his business.
"Aviation is a tremendous enabler for me and my business activities. I can have five meetings in five states in a single day and be back home in time for supper."
The brothers co-own each other's businesses. Mark has a company, BestTugs, that...