OUR HISTORY

 

Our founder and Chief Flight Instructor, Benny Mallory, has been training pilots from around the world since 1948. Benny started Mallory Airport in 1953 with a 600' dirt strip, which has evolved into a 1904' paved runway with 75 planes based on the field and is the busiest airport in West Virginia.  

Benny is a Master single engine, multi-engine, sea plane, and helicopter Instructor.  He has been an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for airplanes and helicopters.  Benny taught both of our current instructors to fly, and instruct.  His students number in the thousands, and fly worldwide in everything from airliners and fighters to bush planes.

While continuing to make improvements to Mallory Airport, making commercial and personal flights, performing airplane maintenance, and selling aircraft, Benny was giving flight instruction and working as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. Benny has received Wright Brothers Master Pilot and Master Mechanic Awards from the FAA.

At 85 Benny doesn't fly much anymore, though students and veterans alike can still tap his knowledge in the pilot's lounge at Mallory Airport, where he can be found daily.

Currently, our Senior Flight Instructor is Richard Chaty.  Richard is one of the most experienced active Flight Instructors in the area, with over 3000 hours of flight time in over 35 different types of airplanes.  He is an Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Instructor, Instrument Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine Flight Instructor, Seaplane Flight Instructor, Taildragger Flight Instructor, Aerobatic Flight Instructor, and Advance Ground Instructor.  Richard has been instructing for over 10 years, and he would love to help you achieve your aviation goals.