My aviation story began in 1990 with my first flight near Nacogdoches, TX in a Cessna 172. From lift-off, I knew I’d have a lifetime passion flying just about anything that will leave the ground…I was completely hooked. Along with being an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), I’m also an ATP/CFI-AHMG and Commercial Rotorcraft/Glider Pilot, seaplane pilot, and a recently-retired UH-60/AH-64 Pilot-in-Command/Instructor/Examiner Pilot in the US Army Reserves, but my passion for the last 20 years has been the PA-46 , Socata TBM, Beechcraft King Air series of airplanes and those that fly these wonderful machines. I’ve amassed over 11,500 hours in these various airframes and believe them to be one of the finest flying machines available for the serious cross-country pilot with an eye for efficiency.
Now, I’ve flown more than 15,500 hours of flight time in just about every imaginable environment. Whether providing initial/recurrent training in the PA-46’s, TBM’s or King Air realm, giving a check ride to someone moving up in credentialing, flying an airplane to the other side of the world, giving tailwheel endorsements, or taking kids flying for the first time, I simply love flying machines and the people who fly them.
My wife (Becky) and I have been married for more than 30 years, we have 3 grown sons, and we’ve lived in Jacksonville, TX for more than 20 years.