About Rare Aviation

Hi, I'm Steve. Welcome to the eclectic Rare Aviation online pilot shop. Like every good FBO, you are always welcome to come in, sit down, put your feet and enjoy our virtual bad coffee.

Steve Rhode - Chief Pilot - WFFDRare Aviation began in 2004 when I started to collect and give download access to rare pilot and airplane manuals. I used to spend the days at the National Archives hunting down rare and hard-to-find aviation information for pilots.

From there, my interests expanded to WWII gun camera films. I digitized and sold DVD copies and, along the way, got to know some of the amazing surviving WWII fighter pilots.

Over time, Rare Aviation has continued to evolve and, after having a hand in rescuing the old Cessna Cockpit Companion and bringing it back to an updated life, I started reengineering and design more aviation products — like our Cockpit Organizers and the Aircraft Baggage Organizers for pilots, like me, needing more space, organization, and safety while flying.

I've been a pilot since 1987. I hold IFR and commercial ratings. My flying was adventurous since I spent a number of years as a search and rescue pilot for the Fire Department and State Agencies.