Stuart Parker, CEO of a financial services firm and a former USAF T-38 instructor pilot, hankered to return to aviation after a 15-year hiatus. "You always have that bug in you of wanting to fly," Parker says from his home in Texas. Parker started searching the Internet and spent two years "daydreaming, thinking one day I might get an airplane" before he saw a picture and read a description of the Evolution. “I flew it for a few hours and fell in love.” While awaiting completion of the build, Parker logged high-performance single time and studied the Garmin G1000. "When I left the Air Force, everything was steam gauges," he says.
Our family loves the Evolution because it creates lasting memories! We recently returned from a whirlwind vacation during spring break. Our stop at Key West, Florida was our first visit there and it was made even more spectacular with the sunset landing! After a few days of soaking up the friendly and sometimes weird sites in Key West, we blasted over to Miami beach. The complex and concentrated airspace environment was made easy with a stable flying platform and fantastic avionics. After less than two days, our trip was cut short with a bad weather front heading our way. We packed up and flew home a day earlier expecting to end our vacation.
"For me, as the family pilot, I felt pride in creating wonderful memories that will last forever. The cost of owning a plane and all my training was paid back many times over seeing our family experience a spring break that we'll talk about for years."
Upon arriving back home at Boerne Stage (5C1), my wife suggested we keep going west to finish our vacation. So off we flew the very next morning with a direct flight to Santa Fe (SFA). It was a fantastic long weekend. We went hiking, toured downtown, and had lunch at the famous Shake Foundation. Our family kept laughing about how we were hiking with icicles in streams just twenty-four hours after basking on the beaches in Florida. Needless to say, our Evolution gave us the freedom, safety, and comfort to travel across the country, on a whim, and to optimize our precious time.
”You can see someone's personality in every airplane," Parker says of Evolutions, calling attention to his "subtly aggressive" silver paint scheme with red and black accents.