His planes have never been in the air in one of his commercials, but the Waco was in an early-'90s Toyota spot he directed. "It's just sitting there as a prop," Woods shrugs. He also flies his own Cessna and has a WW II Spitfire, which he's flown in air shows. Woods, in fact, was Arizona state aerobatic champion in 1979. "You have to do a bunch of stuff in front of the judges," he casually reveals. "Does anyone think he's crazy? "No," he laughs. "There's a handful of guys who do this. Hey, I love old airplanes." Woods has been a competitive glider pilot too, rated fourth in the country at one time in sailplane competition. "I don't compete anymore," he admits. "I started a family and sold the sailplane. The Spitfire, however, is worth about $1.2 million right now. They're very rare. There are only like 50 left in the world." So there's a financial upside to all this danger? "I don't consider myself a daredevil," he insists and fatalism is not a factor.
Moreover, there's a practical side to flying. "I've done a lot of location scouting in the Cessna," he says. "There's tons of stuff you just can't find on the ground. Flying is a very visual sport, and a very graceful one. There's a real sense of peace up there. My whole life is very visual, in a sense, and from a visual standpoint, flying can't be beat."