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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s not a bird, but it could very well be a plane â€” Brett Gerberâ€™s Long EZ to be exact.
Gerber owns and operates Gerber Aviation, LLC., which maintains, builds and inspects small air craft. He also pilots two aircraft he built â€” a Long EZ and a Quickie Q2.
In the cockpit, Gerber enjoys the freedom of flight, but is careful to keep a healthy respect for the possible dangers.
â€śI know the reality of it. I know that if I crash, thereâ€™s not much hope. These are small planes â€” just wide enough to sit,â€ť Gerber said. â€śFlying and building planes is a stress reliever. Itâ€™s a chance to take a breath and relax.â€ť
When Gerber is grounded, his time is spent as the newest funeral director at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, Columbia City. It may seem as if his two worlds, Gerberâ€™s passion for aviation and his job in the funeral business, couldnâ€™t be more different.
However, Gerber said there are some similar lessons that span the gap to make his two fascinations fit together.
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