17 August 2010
BY CHASE PURDY
The News Virginian

WEYERS CAVE - Hovering hundreds of feet above green farm fields in an oversized eggbeater, Mark Huntley said he’s ready to bring whirlybirds back to the Shenandoah Valley.

In 2005, the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave lost its only helicopter flight instructor. But the airport commission last month approved leases for two new instruction companies – one for Huntley’s Orion Aviation helicopter lessons.

Huntley, a Ruckersville man, flies a Switzer 300CB. He could attach doors to the two-seater chopper, but prefers to feel the wind.

Flying over subdivisions, country roads and meandering (sometimes swimming) cattle, Huntley’s view rivals that of birds.

Far below, the helicopter shadow trails behind, rippling over bushy trees and cornfield stretches.

“It’s a great, strong little helicopter,” he said. “It’s great for what I’m about to do.”


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