My name is Steve Rhode. I’m the pilot behind Rare Aviation.
I’ve been a pilot since 1988 and currently hold ratings for SEL Land Instrument and Commercial. I’m also a certificated Part 107 remote pilot as well.
Most of my flying activity these days is as a public safety pilot for fire and law enforcement. I spend quite a bit of time in my Cessna 182 in the air. I’ve also been very active as an aviation author, public safety drone expert, and dog rescue pilot.
My FAA call sign in the Cessna 182 is Fire Demon 1.
Aviation plays a big role in my life. From flying as a public safety pilot to writing about a number of subjects for aviation websites.
|Sites I Write For||Description|
|AOPA||Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association writer. AOPA.org|
|Drone Life||Public safety drone columnist for a leading drone news outlet. DroneLife.com|
|Pilot.Dog||Our non-profit dog rescue efforts to fly kill shelter dogs to forever homes. Pilot.dog|
|Public Safety Flight||Information and articles for public safety UAS and drone pilots. PSFlight.org|
|Report Drone Accident||Track and analyze drone incidents and accidents. ReportDroneAccident.com|
Rare Aviation History
Rare Aviation began in 2004 when I started to collect and give access to rare pilot and airplane manuals through downloads. I used to spend the days at the National Archives hunting down rare and hard-to-find aviation information for pilots.
I then started collecting WWII gun camera films and got to know some of the surviving WWII fighter pilots that were still alive. What a great bunch of pilots.
I then went on to produce DVDs of the aviation gun camera films.
Robin MacRae Dunn
President – Washington Airline Society
“Recently Steve Rhode from Rare Aviation came to speak to our group at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. Our members loved his restored films and strongly support his important mission of saving aviation history and making it available to everyone. For those of us who love aviation and aviation history, Rare Aviation is a unique resource that everyone must visit.”