Meet the Pilot

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At A Glance…
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  • Born and raised in North Augusta, SC
  • Exposed to aviation at a very young age by his father, Charlie, who is a pilot
  • Lettered in Football and Golf in High School in North Augusta, SC
  • Graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC
  • Married to Ginger Connell
  • Animal Lovers: current inventory of: 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses, a donkey, and a pony!!
  • Currently resides @ the “Twin Lakes” Airpark near Aiken, SC
  • Hobbies include: playing guitar in a few local bands, Aviation, and Gamecock sports,
  • Inspired to fly Aerobatics from his good friend, The late Charlie Davis!!
  • Mentored by good friend Gary Ward.

greggingerRaised in North Augusta, SC. Greg graduated from North Augusta High School, where he lettered in Football and Golf. He graduated from the University of SC in 1988 with a Bachelors degree in Finance. Currently he lives in the Twin Lakes Airpark in Trenton, SC, with his lovely wife, Ginger. Ginger usually accompanies Greg on his trips and flies with him during his aerobatic maneuvers.

Greg began his flight training in 1989, his instructor was, local aviation legend, Al Patton.

Al Patton also instructed Greg’s dad, Charlie, in the early 1960’s, before Greg was even born. The two families became and remain close friends. Greg is a commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He also has an FAA aerobatic waiver card. His encouragement towards his instrument and commercial ratings came from his mentor, the “infamous” Charlie Davis. Charlie was also the one who initiated Greg’s aerobatic training.

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His good friend, Gary Ward, is now his aerobatic instructor. Greg also helps Gary, part-time, with the globally recognized Gary Ward Airshows team.

What other interests does Greg Connell have, besides flying the awesome Wolfpitts? Click here to find out.