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
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
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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buddy2050 Premium
Hi Steve,

Thank you for following me. I'm following you back.

I've joined WA since March, but I haven't been too active because I've started the trainings and struggling to get a website up and running. Now, I've just finished my site and trying to connect to my domain.

So, I certainly hope to engage better with you and the community, and look forward to mutually support each other on WA.

Kiwigold85 Premium
Hi Steve,
Loved your post and past experiences.
Montana is one place I would love to learn to fly Powered Paragliders.
I used to have a Quicksilver GT 400 in New Zealand and went down from England most years until I retired.
They now have a Mustang on the base but not full size as yours but a scaled down version.

I look forward to more of your posts.


smben69 Premium
Thanks John I'll be posting some new comments soon
smben69 Premium
And yes Montana is a great place to fly.
AnEnglishman Premium
Stephen, judging by your experiences you are above all a winner. My philosophy in life, is if one door closes, another is ready to open. I've had 2 near life encounters, but we have to get back In the saddle. Keep going buddy, tomorrow brings more possibilities, if we're looking. I've found WA, by accident, so glad I have started this journey. You are a winner too.
Stone69qp Premium
I hear what you're saying Steven tear it up I died twice in my life and people tried to tell me I could never be come to find out they were talking about themselves they just wanted me to go down with him like everybody that says there's no way it can't happen they're all losers don't ever make it to they've already convinced themselves it's over keep going man don't let nobody tell you different that's my opinion on that
smben69 Premium
Thank you for the comment. It takes intense desire And only being positive. We can accomplish anything Your friend Steve
Stone69qp Premium
There is no doubt about that being dyslexic and ADHD I've accomplished more than most people that don't have it so I agree with you 100%
BensonE Premium
Hi Steven,
Thanks for following me, and I must say that you have an inspiring experience of life that so many could only dream to taste a glimpse of in their lifetime. What I like most is the fact that you took the courage and stand up despite all the beat down by major societal forces, which I can relate to. Once again thanks for sharing and I look forward to learning from you. Good luck and stay safe. You will overcome because you already set your mind on the price, so stay on it.