Harold 'Duffy' Gaier
began his aviation career on the sod runways of Central Wisconsin
near his hometown of Colby in 1966. He settled at Neillsville in
1973, where he helped develop the airport, conducted ground school,
gave flight instruction and served as FBO. In 1977, he incorporated
Neillsville Aviation as a full-service aviation business, including
single and multi-engine charters and aircraft leasing.
In 1986, Gaier was
named FBO and manager at the Marshfield Airport, doing business as
Duffy's Aircraft Sales and Leasing. He continued to work for
improvements at both Neillsville and Marshfield airports including:
improved lighting, runway extensions, taxiways and ramps. By 2003,
Duffy's Aircraft operation included aircraft rental, aircraft
leasing, aircraft maintenance and ownership of twenty-nine aircraft.
Along the way, Duffy
Gaier acquired his Commercial Pilot certificate with ASMEL and
Instrument ratings, Flight Instructor certificate with all fixed
wing ratings and was designated as an Airman Examiner by the Federal
Aviation Administration. He has flown as a pilot for the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Farm Service.
In 1998, he received the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics Lifetime
Achievement Award. Duffy has conducted over 3,500 FAA flight checks,
logged over 13,000 hours and has made almost as many friends in and
out of aviation.
In 2004, Harold
'Duffy" Gaier continues to be aviation's best friend in central
It isn't all about flying -
Duffy pushes snow too
Duffy is best known as a Designated Pilot Examiner here with new Private Pilot Jean Balz and CFI Britt Solverson
Bob Kunkel (left) presents Duffy with WisDOT's Lifetime Service Award
Duffy has owned and loved this Piper Super Cruiser for over 40 years
Duffy is supported by his staff(l to r) Alan Hatz, sons Robert and Jeffrey,
Duffy and his wife Alice Gaier