Mark Beierle has a
very unique background of aircraft design.
Mark took his first airplane ride at the age of 5, his
first flying lesson at 12, he soloed his first airplane at 16, and
received his private pilots license at age 17 with over 200 hours of
logged flying time. He financed his lessons and his interest in
aviation by building and testing radio-controlled airplanes for the
publication Radio Control News. This helped finance his first airplane, a
1946 Taylor Craft, which he modified for aerobatics.
He then became self-employed and broadened his experience at the controls
of a variety of airplanes which he flew and worked on. He restored antique
aircraft for others, occasionally doing custom alterations and
modifications. During this same time he developed and tested models of his
own design which he marketed kits and plans for. In addition to
self-employment he worked many years for aircraft companies such as
Teledyne Ryan and General Dynamics, Marketing Aids, and Matrix. He headed
and worked on projects such as building models for wind tunnel testing,
the cruise missiles, and radar and computer equipment.
As a tool and die maker, Mark learned to work with his hands. Mark
began building his own designed light aircraft when he became discouraged
with the unsafe ultralight/light airplanes that were on the market. His first
prototypes were more advanced than many of the "state of the art" aircraft
that were available at that time. Mark's aircraft have continuously been a
leader in the ultralight/light aircraft market and his current model is the trend of
Mark's in-depth experience and interest in aviation has
resulted in quality aircraft that are practical and fun to fly; which
today's pilots and beginners are proud to own.
What's Mark designing now?
Mark at age 23