15: Dean Siracusa - Meyers 200D & Instrument Rated Pilot

15: Dean Siracusa – Meyers 200D & Instrument Rated Pilot, Flying Eyes Sunglasses Inventor


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Dean Siracusa Profile Inspired Pilot Podcast Meyers 200D Pilot & Flying Eyes SunglassesWhat does it take to become a pilot?  Join us as Dean Siracusa gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey.

Dean Siracusa is a 2000-hour FAA single engine land and instrument rated pilot, inventor and serial entrepreneur based in Austin, Texas in the United States. In 2006, Dean purchased a rare 1966 Meyers 200D which still to this day is one of the fastest and safest single-engine piston aircraft ever built.

The Meyers 200D still holds speed records to this day for production aircraft.

Dean is also the president and founder of Transtock Inc which is the leading licensing agency that specialises in transportation imagery and footage.

In 2012 Dean invented Flying Eyes Sunglasses and in 2014 received a patent with more pending.

Summer Hawk Optics Inc is still the only option for comfortable sunglasses while wearing a headset or helmet available at www.flyingeyes.biz.

Starting Out

  • His father, a pilot, would take the young Dean on trips from California to Alaska.
  • After graduating from college, he worked as a Staff Photographer for Road and Track magazine where traveling a lot is a requirement. Unfortunately for Dean, he developed an anxiety for flying.
  • A friend who was a commercial airline pilot told him to take flying lessons so he could “understand” how flying works.

Initial Training Challenges

  • Scared of stalling and losing control of the aircraft and making it “spin” so once Dean acquired his PPL, he took aerobatic training and learned that spins can be done on purpose and that he shouldn’t be afraid of them.

The Aircraft Types


Best Flying Advice

  • Learn how to fly; take lessons.

The Journey

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  • Acquired his private licence by learning in a Cessna 172 where he later on bought the same make and model for personal use.
  • Flew out to Burning Man Festival in 2000 as suggested by a friend. At present, Dean actively helps create the temporary airport (which only lasts 10 days) for the event annually.
  • Used plane to travel back and forth to Texas and California
  • In 2012, the entrepreneurial side of Dean delved into the eyewear industry because he noticed that there are no sunglasses in the market comfortable enough to be worn under a headset.
  • His company, Summer Hawk Optics Inc constantly improves their sunglasses, focusing on comfort and functionality for all types of uses.

Current Flying

  • Making use of his airplane for traveling and doing cross-country flying.

Proudest Flying Moment

  • Giving people flights on his plane, especially those who were afraid of flying or those who haven’t flown in a smaller aircraft.

Future Plans & Aspirations

  • Become a de facto broker of the Meyers aircraft.

Flying Internet Resource

Best Aviation Book

Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Flight of the Intruder, Under Siege, and Cuba,has been hailed as the best contemporary author writing about flying. In The Cannibal Queen, he turns his storytelling genius to nonfiction with an exultant account of the summer of ’91 — of three glorious months spent exploring America from the cockpit of a 1942 Stearman vintage biplane. Joining the ranks of John Steinbeck and Charles Kuralt, Coonts takes us on an extraordinary adventure, touching down in all forty-eight of the continental United States, from sea to shining sea.

Favourite Cockpit Gadget

Interview Links

You may contact Dean through the following channels: