About Me

My fascination with aviation began when I was a young boy. My first flight was aboard a Boeing 727 – I remember it as if it were yesterday. The idea of soaring above the earth, among the clouds, was both thrilling and alluring. I realized my dream in 1979; I passed my Private Pilot checkride and the rest is history. My how time flies – no pun intended. I have flown some great airplanes, with many talented pilots, in a lot of amazing places. My hope is that you still enjoy the thrill each time you step into the cockpit.

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I grew up in Kentucky and entered the Air Force after high school graduation. I spent a couple years on active duty before leaving the Air Force to begin my college career. I attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY and majored in Psychology and Religious Studies. I was preparing for a marriage and family counseling career. Little did I know that this was not the path I was going to end up on. I completed 18 hours of a Master of Arts in Family Counseling before attending Undergraduate Pilot Training in Del Rio, TX at Laughlin AFB. I had been a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard while attending college and they put me on active duty for two years to complete all the training required to become an operational fighter pilot – I came back to Louisville and flew the RF-4C. Alone, Unarmed, and Unafraid was the Recce’s motto. After two years flying in the Guard, I went back in the Air Force to fly the RF-4C at Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC. I spent 14 months at Shaw but the squadron closed. I headed to north Texas (Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX) to teach pedestrians how to fly the Cessna T-37. Sheppard AFB is the location of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) center. During this assignment, I was able to teach new Air Force pilots in their very first flying assignment. Two and a half years of doing that and I headed down to Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX. My job was to teach new AF instructor pilots how to teach in the T-37.

It was time to leave the training command. I trekked north to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, AK to fly the F-15E. I enjoyed three wonderful years in AK (and many months deployed to places around the world) before heading to Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC. While there I had the privilege to instruct in the F-15E school house. My job was to teach the new pilots and weapon system officers how to employ the Strike Eagle. Again, after three years, it was time for a change. I was blessed to go to Saudi Arabia and teach the Royal Saudi Air Force new pilots and weapon systems officers how to fly their version of the F-15E, the F-15S. I was also able to get my scuba certification in the Red Sea during my time there. After a year instructing for the RSAF, it was back to Seymour Johnson AFB to continue what I began a few years earlier. Another three years teaching in the F-15E and I decided that it was time for me to retire. I spent a wonderful career in defense of the greatest nation on this planet. Now I would like to share my experiences with you, hoping that it will help you become a safer, more professional pilot. Aim High!

Aircraft Flown

  • F-15E (United States Air Force)
  • F-15S (Royal Saudi Air Force)
  • RF-4C
  • T-37 and T-38
  • Cessna 152, 172, 182
  • Diamond DA-40
  • Piper Tomahawk
  • Piper Warrior
  • Piper Seneca
  • Piper Aztec
  • Piper Super Cub

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Factors
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aviation Safety
  • Fundamentals of Instruction
  • Curriculum Design
  • Course Development

Education

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • Master of Aeronautical Science
      • Operations Concentration
  • Western Kentucky University
    • Bachelor of Arts
      • Psychology
      • Religious Studies

Experience

  • Aviation Professor, Middle Tennessee State University and Liberty University
  • Certified Instructor and Quality Assurance SME, Convergent Performance
  • Curriculum Development & Quality Control Manager, Aerosim Training Solutions
  • Project Manager, Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) course creation, Aerosim Training Solutions
  • Industry Member, Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group, Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee for the creation of the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS)
  • Safety Seminar Presenter, and Flight Instructor Refresher Course Instructor, AOPA Air Safety Institute
  • Board Member, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
  • Group Member, Flight Training Curricula focus area at the SAFE Pilot Training Reform Symposium
  • Aviation Education Subject Matter Expert
  • Retired USAF Lt Col, Instructor and Evaluator Pilot

FAA Certificates & Ratings

  • Airline Transport Pilot AMEL and Commercial ASEL
  • Boeing 737NG Type Rating
  • CFI / CFII / MEI
  • Tailwheel Endorsement

Past and/or Present Clients

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The airplane is your brush, the sky is your canvas.
Now go paint a masterpiece!