Currently Resides: Enterprise, AL
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Formerly Stationed: Ft Rucker, AL, home of Army Aviation
“I am so grateful to be alive and able to do what I can. Life is short, so don’t hesitate.” – Stuart Contant
Retired Army pilot Stuart Contant was a bit nervous about his ability to finish the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride. Prior to the ride, he reported, “I’m not an athlete.” But, since surviving a near-fatal plane crash in Afghanistan in 2002, his approach to life is to take advantage of every opportunity.
That’s why he participated in the ride and also why he sent a note about the ride to all his Facebook friends, hoping to see them along the route.
Stuart joined the Army in 1984, and became a Warrant Officer in 1992. He flew the UH-1 Huey, then the OH-58 Kiowa and, later, the AH-64 Apache. In addition to flying, he served as Aviation Safety Officer and an Instructor,
Stuart deployed to Afghanistan with Charlie Company, 101st Aviation Battalion for Operation Enduring Freedom and in April 2002, barely survived an horrific crash that damaged his head and spinal cord.
After years of painful treatment, he took medical retirement in September 2009, and spends his time enjoying bike rides, camping and other activities with his wife, Jacque and his daughters, three-year-old Vivian and two-year-old Violet.