Greg’s “sky bio”
Greg Brown’s passion for flying is obvious to anyone who knows his 20-year “Flying Carpet” aviation adventure column from AOPA Flight Training magazine, or who has read his books, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane, The Savvy Flight Instructor, The Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual (with Mark Holt), Job Hunting for Pilots, and You Can Fly!(with Laurel & Tom Lippert.)
A licensed pilot since 1972 and a CFI since 1979, Greg was 2000 Industry/FAA National Flight Instructor of the Year, winner of the 1999 NATA Excellence in Pilot Training Award and the 2013 AOPA Let’s Go Flying Award, and the first-ever Master Flight Instructor. He has flown professionally in both scheduled and corporate aviation, and holds an ATP pilot certificate with Boeing 737 type rating, and Flight Instructor certificate with all fixed-wing aircraft ratings.
Along with his writing activities, Greg has been an avid photographer from childhood. Since earning his pilot’s license at age 19, he’s been shooting photos from aloft, many of which have illustrated his Flying Carpet column and book. Greg’s most memorable aerial photographs are now available as Fine Art Metal Prints and Pilot Achievement Plaques.
Greg’s “earth bio”
Greg Brown is a widely published author, designer, photographer, and artist. During his varied career, he has served as industrial, visual, and interior design faculty member in Purdue University’s Department of Creative Arts, led a product and visual design consultancy serving national corporate clients, and directed a functional art collaborative. Along with fine art and photography, Mr. Brown’s commercial product design experience includes creative commissions for everything from toys to appliances to medical equipment to automobiles.
Most recently Greg’s activities have turned to non-fiction and creative writing. Author of five commercially published books with more in progress, Mr. Brown is a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month. Some reviewers have compared his book, Flying Carpet, to 1960s road-trip classics like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Mr. Brown also recently completed 20 years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA Flight Training, a national magazine published by the world’s largest pilot association.
Over the years Brown has spoken extensively on topics including aviation adventure, careers, networking, art promotion, design methodology, and creative problem solving. Among his popular topics is “Armchair Marketing: Secrets of Selling your Writing.” (Few other authors have sold their first two books to a publisher with one telephone call, then broken the press’s first year sales record with one of them.)
Greg holds an MFA in Art & Design and a BS in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, following Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an emeritus member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts & Letters, Northern Arizona University.
For those bewildered by Greg’s schizophrenia between the arts and aviation, some understanding may be derived from one of his favorite quotes, taken from The War in the Air, 1922, by Sir Walter Raleigh: “The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul.”
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