About the Author
He holds ATP, Commercial and Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificates with CFII, MEI, CE-525S and SES ratings. He has been actively involved in flight training as an instructor since 1992.
Dick is an Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA Baltimore Flight Standards District Office, a National Industry Member of the FAA Safety Team (FAAST) and a member of the FAA Wings Industry Advisory Committee. His training program is FITS (FAA Industry Training Standards) approved and FAA Wings approved and fully insured. He has held the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Master CFI designation for over 10 years and he is Director Emeritus of the Malibu Mirage Owners and Pilots Association (MMOPA).
Prior to his work with Piper PA46 aircraft pilots and owners, Dick was a primary flight instructor and corporate pilot. He served as a “Green Beret” Staff Sergeant E6 in the US Army Special Forces from 1970 until 1976 as an “A team” radio operator, training indigenous personnel in field radio communications. He worked from 1976 until 1991 as an industrial engineer training manufacturing personnel for the production of communication and navigation equipment for the US military.
His education includes undergraduate degrees in Clinical Psychology and Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Dick lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and has two daughters. He is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Certified Scuba Diving Instructor, a DAN (Divers Alert Network) First Aid Instructor and an Eagle Scout.