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

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 Creswell resident and pilot, invited the young Horvath to visit him at the airport and check out his projects. “He’d be out there doing all the stunts right above our house, I thought that was just so cool,” Horvath said.

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