Brandon was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has traveled all over the country and landed in Colorado when we was 11. His grandfather worked for United Airlines as a Maintenance supervisor in Portland, so he has been surrounded by aviation from day one. He was a member of Civil Air Patrol throughout high school, where he took his first flight. 2 days after graduating from Castle View High School, he moved to Sequim, Washington to pursue his dreams of being a pilot. Sequim was a unique location, on the border of the USA and Canada, Ocean to the north, mountains to the south.
Brandon’s grandfather owned two aircraft, a C150 and a C172. He had two flight instructors, each owned two aircraft (2 Citabrias, 1 RV-4 Rocket, and 1 RV-6). From the start of his training, safety was Brandon’s number one priority. As a student pilot, he had tailwheel instruction, spin training, and mountain flying experience. He earned his Private Pilot Certificate in August of 2012, before starting school at Utah State University in the Aviation Technology program. He transferred to MSU Denver in 2014 to finish his degree.
In 2016, Brandon joined the MSU Denver Aerobatics and Glider Club as one of the founding members. He took first place in the Regional Competition for the Primary Sequence in 2016, with three 1st place finishes and one 3rd place finish. He competed in a Pitts S2-C with Dagmar Kress, representing MSU Denver. When not flying, Brandon enjoys working on his truck, riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.