Kit builder Zenith Aircraft is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
“My Dad had a career in the Air Force. I was born on an Air Force base,” says the 48-year-old St. Louis resident. “I was always around airplanes.”
Garrett grew up to become an aeronautical engineer. When he was in his 20s he decided to pursue a private pilot’s license.
“I earned my license in 1983,” he recalls. “I flew recreationally, so building my hours was a slow process because I have a day job. It took me a long time just to get 100 hours.”
Around 1987 Garrett began to experience numbness on one side of his body. A doctor diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic neurological disease with no cure. He was just 27.