HDPS - Aviation
- Ground & Flight Instruction
- Mountain Flying
- Avionics Technology
It took me a while before I was actually piloting a plane myself, but the wait and the journey were well worth it. I got to fly with some friends in high school out of a small airport near Kent, Washington. Flew on some commercial flights during my college years. I took some private flying lessons out of the airport in Des Moines, Iowa. Then I got serious and applied to the U.S. Navy for Aviation Officer Candidate School. During the application process I got a demonstration ride in a T-34B and experienced my first aerobatics. I was hooked and shortly after that I was accepted into the Navy's pilot program where I learned to fly in the T-34C Turbo-Mentor, learned to land on an aircraft carrier in the T-2C Buckeye, and became instrument certified in the TA-4J Skyhawk.
After flying in the Navy, I did some additional training in the civilian world to get my FAA private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, flight instructor, and instrument flight instructor certificates and ratings. Then I became an instructor teaching other future pilots. I continued my own training learning to fly additional aircraft, honing my instrument flying skills, and taking specialized courses for mountain flying.
I've continuously been a student of aviation. I believe no amount of time flying aircraft can provide you with every potential experience. So, constant studying, reviewing and training are what I do to gain knowledge where my experience may lack. It's interesting, it's challenging, and it's fun!