Western / Central New York Liaison

Doug is a native of Bloomfield, NY, in the beautiful Finger Lakes. His father owned a Cessna 185 amphibian, and they would travel to Quebec, Canada on camping and fishing trips during the summer. Doug spent much of this time flying from the right seat. In 1983, he earned his private pilot license at the Penn Yan Flying Club; soon he found a 1947 PA12, which he purchased and flew for many years.

Doug continues to live in the same area in which he grew up, and it was there that he grew his firearm restoration business. The business gained a national reputation for the work they do. His daughter and son-in-law are currently in the process of taking over the business, which gives Doug additional time to fly and promote aviation. 

Traveling the country in his current airplane – a 1946 PA12 with many Alaskan modifications – he attends events and gets acquainted with RAF liaisons and many RAF members. He has been to Trigger Gap in Arkansas numerous times as he crosses the country seeing clients.

“I am looking forward to promoting the recreational flying that is available in western and central New York state,” Doug says. “I hope to educate pilots about the exciting places there are to see, and experience, in my state.”


  1. Fred Devens on February 5, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Doug I own a private strip in Walton my 7NK6 if you’re ever in the area stop in would be glad to meet you.

  2. Mark Zander on December 5, 2022 at 5:39 am

    Good morning Doug. I have a wonderful neighbor who has been allowing a group of us who fly Husky’s to land on his property. He is located in the township of Pawling, NY 12564. Is this an area that you cover? We all know Bill Brine so should we reach out to Bill to help us navigate the process of having this land owner join the RAF?
    (By the way, the PA-12 was one of my favorite airplanes that I owned. A well kept secret.)

    Mark Zander

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