Steven Ells began his aviation career in the 1960s maintaining E-1Bs for the US Navy. Steve holds his airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate, a Commercial Pilot certificate, and he also holds his Inspection Authorization (IA) endorsement. He worked as a line mechanic and Director of Maintenance for several DC-3 freight operators, and owned a small maintenance shop in Alaska. Steve has been a tech rep/editor for the Cessna Pilots Association, associate editor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and now keeps busy as a free-lance aviation writer, maintaining and flying his 1960 Piper Comanche, and helping a neighbor restore a 1939 Piper J-3. He lives on the Central Coast of California. Steve can be reached by visiting www.EllsAviation.com.