About

Where did KüllAir Aviation come from?

Richard was professional educator with over 30 years of experience teaching highly technical subjects. He taught at many international organizations and at institutions such as the prestigious M.I.T and Harvard. In 1996 he took his first flight lesson and, since then, has spent over 20 years flying all over the country in small aircraft. 

Richard started Küllair [pronounced like “cool air”] Aviation as a place to share his love of flying, and to share the experience he has gained over 20+ years in the air.

Sitting on top of the large painted numbers, 17, I glance to my left at the mountain towering 5,412 feet over us. To the right there appears to be nothing but a vast desert with a highway running through the middle of it. From this perspective, the fact that you are already at a mile above sea level easily escapes realization. “Push your toes forward, letting your heels come off the floor, to hold the brakes”, the person sitting to the right of me says. “Now, gently and smoothly, push the black knob all the way forward, and be make sure you don’t touch the red knob.” As I follow the instructions, the sound of the engine starts to get really loud and the whole cabin starts to shake. I silently think to myself, “is this thing going to fall apart and kill me?” More instructions come in the speakers of the headset I am wearing. “Release the brakes and, as we roll, keep the dashed lines coming between your legs so you stay on the center of the runway.” I watch as the needle on the airspeed indicator slowly creeps up and as it crosses 55 I start pulling back on the yoke. Just as we start to reach the end of the runway, the nose comes up and we leave the earth behind us as we climb towards the clouds.

That was my first, of many, trips to the sky and the start of an adventure that has continued to this date.  That airport is now a vacant memory that occupies part of the property for a casino just outside of Albuquerque, but my wheels have touched many airports since.

I bought my first plane, a Piper Cherokee 140, when I had 20 hrs as a student pilot and flew that plane over all over the Eastern half of the country before moving up to a more capable plane.  I flew with many different instructors while working on getting my pilot certificate but that was the beginning of my having to learn how to fly.  Most of which, I had to learn the hard way and was lucky enough to survive the lesson.

I spent over 20 years flying around the country in some of the best and some of the worst conditions possible. Night time, through the mountains, in a small single engine airplane, in hard instrument meteorological conditons (IMC), and severe icing would be an example of some of the worst.

I became a certified flight instructor so that I can share my love flying and use my experiences to help make sure that my students do not have to learn what they don’t know when they really need it.

Welcome.

Richard Kullmann

Mission

To provide high quality flight instruction, from zero time to career level.

Vision

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