New airport chief no pilot, but his enthusiasm soars


Nov 15, 2005
Gary Mascaro has yet to learn to fly a plane but he has turned his longtime aviation passion into a full-time career.

The idea of flight captured his heart when a high school friend took him up in a four-seat Cessna 172.

"It's different. In a smaller aircraft you really get the feeling you are in the air and really flying," he said.

Mascaro took over the controls as the new manager of the Phoenix Deer Valley Airporton Nov. 21. He spent the previous seven years as assistant aviation director at Scottsdale Airport.

The New York native, who graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in aeronautical management in 1997, finds the interaction among Deer Valley aviation enthusiasts exciting.

AZ Central