History of Fisher Flying

Mike Fisher was the founder of the company back in the 1980’s. He is credited with the initial number designated designs. The FP-101, FP-202 and FP-303 were designed in collaboration with Wayne Ison. Mike Fisher designed the FP-404, FP-505, FP-606 and the Super Koala.

In 1989, Irv and Darlene Jackson purchased the company from Mike Fisher and not long after Gene Hanson enters the picture after the loss of Irv Jackson. Gene and Darlene carry on the Fisher Line and before long the Dakota Hawk and the R-80 Tiger Moth are added to the model lineup.These two were designed by FFP and Steve Lambert.

A year after Fisher Flying Products was sold to Irv and Darlene in 1998 and as a result of some litigation 5 new designs were added to the Fisher Flying Products line of aircraft. The Celebrity, Horizon 1 and 2, Avenger and Youngster.

Gene and Darlene ran the company successfully for 20 years and in June of 2007 shut down production so they could retire. Paul Riedlinger came on the scene in September of 2008 and purchased the company. Paul had a love for aviation and a long background in wood molding manufacturing. It was a good combination.

Paul moved the company to Woodbridge Ontario and started up production of kits. He ran the operation from an industrial complex for a couple of years before building a hangar/office at the Brampton airport. In all, Paul ran the company for 5 1/2 years before deciding to go into teaching at the the University of Toronto.

Dave Hertner had been a supplier to Paul of metal components for a number of years when he heard that Paul was looking for a buyer. Dave purchased the company in May of 2014 and moved the operation to Dorchester Ontario.