Fort Hood Helicopter Pilot's Family Business

By: Nichole Perez Email
By: Nichole Perez Email

FORT HOOD (August 15, 2013) -- Some might think a helicopter pilot who has six kids wouldn't have time for a hobby.

One Fort Hood soldier not only makes time but also turned his hobby into a part time business.

Bill Noyer has been in the military for 28 years.

Right now he works as a maintenance test pilot and evaluator for the 166 Aviation Brigade.

During preflight he walks around and checks each aircraft prior to going out and flying.

If an aircraft has had work done on it, Noyer is the one to test fly it.

Coming up on his 29th year in the Army, he knows he can't be a pilot forever.

"As I've gotten older and flying and things start hurting more as you're flying, you're going ok maybe I can't always be strapped into a black hawk, flying all around. You got to do something that you're slowing down a little bit," says Noyer.

This time next year he will getting ready to take off the uniform for good.

He says retiring would be a lot more difficult for him if it wasn't for his part time business, B & K Pens and Crafts.

He says, "it's my part time job, full time hobby which will hopefully morph into my retirement business."

Noyer started this business with his son Kyle back in 2008 after Kyle was looking for a summer job.

One of their main products they work on are gifts for soldiers who are changing units.

"I get a real sense of satisfaction when someone gets that gift and I'm standing there and I get to see them get that and know that we made it. It means a lot to us," says Noyer.

The duo started out making pens but wanted their business to be more than just woodwork.

He says he was able to learn a lot about laser engraving, sublimation and photo shop during downtime in his three tours to Iraq.

Once he retires next year he hopes to expand his business into a shop outside of his garage in the Killeen, Fort Hood area.

With Kyle going back to school and having a different part time job, Noyer hopes his younger children would like to join the family business.

"It's B and K. It kind of stood for Bill and Kyle and it's kind of expanded into hopefully someday Bill and Kids."

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