Hometown: Satellite Beach,Florida

Hometown Airport: KMLB

Occupation: Aeronautics College Professor

Website: www.fit.edu

Education: MS in Human Resource Deelopment

Pilot Certificates: ATP, Flight Engineer,Dispatcher, AGI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: PA-28/C-140, 152,172, 182, 206, 210, 337, M20E, BE-95, KC-135, C-130A, B, E, C-141, B-727,737, 757,777, DC-9, Remos GX

Education Specialty: Part 141 school; advanced systems, operations, and dispatch certificates

Q & A

What drew you to aviation? We are an aviation family. My Dad had his private. All of his sons became professional aviators. It’s in our blood.

How long have you been involved in aviation education? Directly, since 2005

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Seeing students advance through their ratings and grow in maturity, confidence, and expertise.

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Paperwork.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share? Flight instructors can relate to this one. As a CFI, I was barely making ends meet. So I signed on to ferry  a new Cessna from Wichita to Africa.Quite the trip: crossing the Atlantic to Ireland; through Europe’s thunderstorms; and on ward over the a dust storm in the Sudan.It was the first and last time I ever exaggerated my experience to get a flying job!!

Why did you join SAFE? It seemed like the perfect combination of academia and flight instruction.

Who are your role models in aviation? Brad Thomann, Mike Gaffney, and John Allen