Not exactly winging it: Pilot, engineer weighs risk and rewards while making dreams come true

Horvath was recognized by his peers for bringing passion, expertise and commitment to the industry with the Curtis Pitts Memorial Award.

Tony Horvath’s award-winning career flying and building aerobatic airplanes all started with a fan letter he wrote as a young boy.

Only 8 years old at the time, Horvath, now 39, remembers seeing a local airshow pilot practicing aerobatics from his backyard. Horvath wrote to the pilot, and expressed his interest in the craft. The pilot wrote him back, setting in motion a lifelong flight plan. Steve Wolf, a longtime . . .