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
Goal created on
Sep 1, 2018
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smben69 Premium
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
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
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
Thank you My challenges are great. I will be blogging again soon
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EHozubin Premium
Steve - It certainly sounds that you've got a TON to write about. You lived a life as that of 3 other persons. the best thing you've got going for yourself is perseverance, determination and never give up. You should be the poster child for a success at WA. Wishing you the very best.
gartenl Premium
I like that your life was full. Goods bads, ups & downs. Mine has been a little more boring. I became a nurse and didn't go too far for too long because the family had a strong pull on me. And I was a tomboy on the inside. Don't know if he will ever get out. Now we are both here. I have been premium for 5 months. And seem to be going in circles. Thanks for the follow. Good Luck!
Nkaujzeb Premium
Hi Steve, thanks for adding me to your connection. I really appreciate it. Flying seems so fun but you wouldn't see me getting into an airplane and flying.

Although I will do it if I have to but, for leisurely purposes, I stay far from it.

Following you as well.
BarbaraN Premium
Hello Steve, and welcome to WA. I read your bio and was fascinated with all you have done. I lived in the west for many years, first in Colorado and then in Idaho. Dug for fossil leaves in Oregon.
You've been a member since early 2018 and I encourage you to get started with the lessons, work through them and realize your success with a business of your own. It's never too late, believe me. You'll have plenty of help along the way.
Thank you for following me and I return the favor by following you.
DCarpenter1 Premium
Hi Steve,
Thanks for the follow - I reciprocated.
You certainly do have an interesting profile with much experience gained in different areas of your career.

I can relate to opening a bar - I also did in Thailand.
As they say - The best way of making a small fortune in Thailand is to bring a big one with you. LOL

Wish you success here with the WA family