About Smben69
Joined January 2018
Hello, I am Steven M Bennett from N W Montana.

Thank you for taking the time to look at me.

If you are not a member here or premium do it now.

I am a retired commercial pilot and a Certified Flight Instructor seeking opportunities to recover my financial distress.

I am competitive and willing to work hard to produce a new lifestyle.

I am willing to learn and would love a successful online business.

I was born in Hungry Horse Montana in 1951 while the Hungry Horse Dam on the South Fork of the Flathead River.

I spent my young years in a fishing and hunting paradise.

I loved sports in school and excelled in Basketball enough to win a scholarship.

I started studying Medicine at the insistence of my Dad. So I began the task of fulfilling my Father's wishes for me at Carroll College in Helena Montana in 1969. I managed to flunk promptly out so I chose Philosophy so I could have a shot at law school. I did well enough in that study and became a prolific writer doing papers on the Ancients. I never found the answers, only more questions!

I made the mistake of not keeping my writings from those years.

I spent one-year teaching first-year Philosophy as a professor's assistant and found it to be a very humbling experience that I completely loved.

My flying career started in 1969 in Helena MT with master pilot Jeff Morrison.

I will say that this was the greatest confidence builder I ever encountered.
I mastered a 3-dimensional machine.

Money became God so I went to work for the Anaconda Company Aluminum smelter in Columbia Falls MT. and became a Journeyman Ironworker.

My flying career was on hold but I had a 182 Cessna to fly so I stuck to learning and building hours while raising a family.

After a bitter long divorce, I chose to try my hand at owning a bar. (DUMB). I had no clue about business and yes it failed.

So back to work.

Doors close and open so I left a good Union Ironworker job in Hawaii and by the benevolence of my good friend Gene Mallette I was given the first chance to fly as a commercial pilot.

And that made all the difference.

I flew freight all over the mountainous areas in the West for many years.
Montana, Idaho Washington Oregon Colorado Wyoming Nebraska spending the last years flying the US Mail from Kalispell Mt to Billings Mt. All night flying in all weather.

I have been tested.

During my years in the mail, I took a second job in the afternoons in a body shop and over 15 years restored many cars most especially my frame off restoration of a 1965 Pontiac GTO featured photo in my starting out blog. [add an internal link to the blog here and open in new window]

So I am here now to share my knowledge and maybe help pilots of all experience make good decisions about flying and to give what I know about building cars.


Update 2019

A year has passed and I have failed to complete training due to an infection that caused me to lose my left leg below the knee. Adding to my financial burden even more.

So now I have simply started interacting with the great people here and discovered that I could rank quite well just saying hello. I intend to write about this experience here and advocate for amputees in any way I can.

I am back to training here and hope to make it through before my medical expenses stop me from paying monthly for Premium. I will not let this stop me.
Smben69's Goals 3
Money Goals
Money I would be happy earning
5,000 per month
Money I would be ecstatic earning
100,000 per year
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
all that takes
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Sep 1, 2018
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smben69 Premium Plus
How much money would you be happy earning?
5,000 per month

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
100,000 per year

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
all that takes
Sisterdee Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.

All the best to you in your journey.
CTL Premium
Great goals. Everyone here has a large network and entire community within WA. You can leverage your goals for help and support along the way. I believe you can absolutely achieve your goals. You will make it happen, right?

More you dedicate yourself to training at WA, more soon you will achieve the goal. Just take action on what you learn in the trainings. Everyone here will give you a hand if you ask help. WA has a big network of support and community of help behind you

Wish you success and seeing your goals becomes reality.
Kyle Premium Plus
Those are wonderful goals Steven and I can tell you firsthand that these are more than achievable. When I started out I had very similar goals and with some hard work and dedication, I exceeded any goals that I could have ever initially set.

You will get there if you invest some hard work and dedication to this, I don't have any doubt. :)
smben69 Premium Plus
what would you suggest for an aviation related website as a theme
Ahimbe Premium
You have set good and achievable goals.
I am sure with the online training here, you will make it.
I wish you the best as you progress
smben69 Premium Plus
Thank you My challenges are great. I will be blogging again soon
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jillxyz Premium
Hey Steve, What a chequered and challenging life you have had. Oh boy! So glad you are surrounded by supportive here at WA. My brother is an amputee so I can empathise with you completely. I left you a private message. Thanks for the follow and back at you. Cheers Jill
Ura19 Premium
Hi there thanks for the follow and for the post.. I admire your perseverance... a great lesson can all learn from.
With the positivity that you exspress I'm sure you woll acheive the status you require ..

prolific writer doing papers on the Ancients... that is amazing. We willl be i. Touch ...
All the best...
ArielC1 Premium
Thanks for following Steve. Keep going with your training now that you're a premium member you have all the tools you need at your disposal and always know you got this.

I've always been fascinated by philosophy as well I'm even studying one right now while I'm undergoing training here.

Wishing you all the best.

PMindra Premium
Hi, Steve.
Paul here from Canada.

We just really only recently met.

I am sorry that you encountered such a devastating infection.
That must have been a short kind of hell. I trust that you are handling and coping with the results.

I read about it on your 2019 Profile Update. I wish you well.

If you can and have not already done so, my best suggestion for you is to take advantage of the Wealthy Affiliate yearly plans only.

Whether you pay monthly or yearly, they are both fixed budgets. The yearly budgets are easier to handle and are a less of a distraction when you are thinking of other things than just money.

Did you take advantage of the 'Black Friday' special?

Look how much more you now have to share with others. I bet that you will want to spend more time behind a desktop now more than you ever did.

Get better and be safe.

Kindest regards from ON. Canada.

smben69 Premium Plus
Thank you Paul for your comments. I'm working on my budget right now to see if I can afford the $300 outlay right now have a couple days to make up my mind. I have some expenses that I need to attend to so it comes down to a matter of how much do I have in my pocket today. I live in North Western Montana and I hate the winter now because of my age and arthritis. But I do cope with it. I'll be doing some work on my blog here soon. Looking forward to this experience. Even though I have been here over a year my 6 month Hospital stay infringed on my ability to work. I am waiting now for results about my infection. Blood test every couple weeks 2 monitor. Thanks for your comments your new friend Steve
PMindra Premium
You are welcome and I thank you in return for considering me a friend.

I'll PM you with a word doc.x if I can.

Take good care, please.

smben69 Premium Plus
Thanks, Paul I figured it out and replaced the copy you edited.
Many thanks, It looks and reads so much better Steve
PMindra Premium
Awesome. I will go over and have a look.
I have to turn in.

Until the next time,
katugasan Premium
Hi STeven, Nice to meet you cowboy.I see that you do have lots of good and bad expreinces.

That`s great that it didn`t stop you right there. You said that you do have lots of unanswerd questions , only the crator knows that.

Maybethe he has a purpose.

God bless