B.A. Weber State University
M.B.A. Webster University
I began teaching Human Factors in Flight as a flight instructor and flight safety specialist in the US Air Force. After retiring from the military I moved into the collegiate flight education as a flight and academic instructor at Utah Valley University where I taught Human Factors/Crew Resource Management, International Flight Operations, Airplane Systems, Commercial Operations, and Flight Instructor Ground. In Fall 2005 I moved to Westminster College to join the Aviation Department Faculty. I continue to follow my dreams of flying and teaching others my passion.
My interest in flying goes as far back as when my father put a swing set in our back yard. I earned my Private Pilot Certificate the summer I graduated from Highland High School in Salt Lake City. I continued working on my flying credentials while I completed my BS Degree in Police Science at Weber State College, in Ogden, Utah. As my flying career continued I obtained An Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with type ratings in Lear Jets, Boeing 737 and a L-382(C-130). I found I enjoy teaching so I invested in a Flight Instructor Certificate for Single Engine Airplane, Multi Engine Airplane and Instrument Airplane. As a good teacher is always learning I am still persuing new knowledge, I completed my Fight Instructor Glider rating in November 2010.
After College I was commissioned in the US Air Force and trained as a C-130 Test Program Navigator. I worked as a special test programs navigator in the development of the Air Launched Cruise Missile at Hill AFB, Utah for four years and was rewarded for my work with a pilot training assignment in August 1982.
After pilot training I completed a 24 year career in the US Air Force retiring in August 2002. I spent my career flying weather reconnaissance in the WC-130H, air taxi service for senior government officials and military leaders in the Lear 35A/C-21A, electronic warfare and signals intelligence in the EC-130H, and air transport of oversized and heavy cargo in the C-5 Galaxy.
My BS in Police Science served me well as an aircraft accident investigator and my MA in Business Management gave me the foundation to manage major projects throughout my career including directing the Travis Air Force Base Air Show in June 2000. We were well prepared for the 300,000 visitors who attended the three day event.