Pilot Profile: Av8tor98
I began my adventures in aviation in 1989 at M04 in Tennessee. My step father, a CFII/MEI, was my mentor and instructor. During my private pilot training in a C-150, I got the idea of getting some spin training in Springfield, Tenn. so my step father and I would fly over to Springfield in a Grumman Tiger on the weekends to get the training. Spinning a Decathlon got boring after a while and I decided to expand into more advanced aerobatic maneuvers. Before I got my PP rating, I had amassed 40 hours of aerobatic training P It was well worth the time and extra money spent. A year later I got my instrument/MEL and commercial ratings....having flown a variety of aircraft along the way....C-172, C-177RG, Piper Cherokee Six, Piper Colt, Bellanca Super Viking, Beech T-34 Mentor, Clip Wing Cub, Beech V-tail Bonanza, Piper Seminole, Piper Seneca and T-41. In early 1990 I joined the International Aerobatic Club/EAA Chapter 27 and decided to strap on a friend's Pitts S2B. This began a short-lived adventure into competition aerobatics on the local level....lasted only 2 seasons. I never competed beyond the Sportsman category. After that I was a Contest Director for one season. Through the IAC and EAA, I got to meet alot of interesting people and got to fly in a variety of aircraft like the Cap-10, Pitts S2B, clip wing Taylorcraft (180HP), Boeing Stearman 220, T-6, and eventually Edge 540 2 seater owned by Kirby Chambliss.
I left a banking career in 1994 to pursue a career in aviation...whether flying or not. I put my degree in Professional Aeronautics (ERAU Daytona) to use in the air cargo industry as an aircraft advisor...flying around the north central and northeast regions of the US on C208s and ATR-42/72s. My focus is safety and making sure the airline is operating safely, legally and reliably in those areas. I continue to go through the recurrent training for the C208 and ATR-42 but do not fly as a scheduled pilot. Instead, I observe all of the contract pilots who do operate the aircraft for us. It's not a cookie cutter type job and encompasses a variety of aspects in aviation. The diversity keeps things interesting, to say the least.
Aviation is certainly in my blood....whether in the real world or virtual world, I never grow tired of it. Glad to be a part of this community.
JOE---- Asus P8Z68- V Pro; CPU: Intel i7-2600K 3.4ghz OC'd 4.6Ghz,
8G Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600, EVGA GTX 580, Creative Fatal1ty
Champion Series sound card, 2 VelociRaptor HDDs for Win 7 64 and FSX, 27" Samsung Monitor