Since joining the Cirrus Aviation family back in June 2015, I’ve used the maintenance skills I learned in the military to work on all kinds of civilian aircraft; from experimental category airplanes up to large, multi-engine charter planes. It’s been a fantastic learning experience, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
But that’s only half the story. Though I’ve spent my weekdays under the cowling twisting wrenches and testing circuits, my nights and weekends have been devoted to learning to fly the airplanes I used to fix. Using my Post 9/11 Montgomery GI Bill, I’ve been earning a Bachelor of Aeronautics with Liberty University, and getting my flight training at Cirrus Aviation through the Liberty University Flight Training Affiliate program.
I’ve earned my Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot License, and now (finally!) my Certified Flight Instructor License. It’s been a busy couple of years here at Cirrus Aviation, and a lot of hard work, but to just say that it’s been “worth it” would be an understatement! It’s been nothing less than achieving a dream.
I’ve loved working in the Maintenance Department. Fixing airplanes is interesting, and a lot of fun. But I’m more than ready to start this new chapter in my aviation career, and excited to join Cirrus Aviation’s staff of Flight Instructors. I’m looking forward to several more years as a member of the instructor team as I continue on and earn my Instrument Instructor rating and Multi-Engine ratings. In time I’ll get my Airline Transport Pilot license, and begin a long and surely illustrious career as a professional Airline Pilot, and perhaps become the greatest aviator since Bob Hoover! (Did I forget to mention that I don’t have a self-esteem problem?)
As for my spare time (these days measured in minutes rather than hours…), I’m an avid firearms enthusiast, motorcyclist, camping companion with my friends, and sailor of boats large and small. I enjoy living in Florida and being able to see the beauty that surrounds us, both man-made as well as the natural world. I daily thank the Lord for the blessings He has given me to be able to experience these things and to be in a position to be able to share my joy of flight with others!