Larry Labor followed a life path many pilots can identify with: After learning to fly in his youth, college, career (pharmacist) and family all conspired to keep him from the joys of the sky for decades.
As retirement loomed, the former ultralight pilot dreamed the dream of wings again. “I was interested in low and slow flight,” he tells me as we stand in a chilly fall breeze at his home base, northern Vermont’s pristine Island Pond Airport. “‘Low’ means under 5,000 feet and ‘slow’ means in the 62 to 80 mph range,” he continues. “But I wanted the potential for more performance than that.”