Mark Phelps has a fixation with aviation that dates back to the days of his evening paper route in the early 1960s. “I’d often stop to linger in the public library,” he said, “reading the stories of those legendary pilots, innovators and business pioneers, sometimes not pedaling home until after dark.” After graduating with a degree in English literature from Boston University, he has spent his career researching and retelling the tales of aviation’s heroes, from the past and present. Besides writing for Aviation International News and Business Jet Traveler, he has contributed to several other major aviation titles, and provided editorial consulting services to others. He is also a regular contributor to corporate publications, both as a writer and editorial consultant, and he advises on Web site content. Phelps is an instrument-rated private pilot and ties down his 1954 V-tail Beechcraft Bonanza at Somerset Airport in Bedminster, N.J.