After completing Army ﬂight school in 1984, was selected to attend the AH-!S Cobra IP course the following year, attended the NVG Instructor Pilot’s course that same year. Completed the Instrument ﬂight Examiner’s course in 1989. He and also attended the Qualiﬁcation & Instructor Pilot’s courses for the AH-64 Apache helicopter as well.
Held the position as the Standardization Instructor Pilot for his unit, and deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990. After returning from the Middle East in April 1991, was ready for a new direction.
Separated from active duty in 1991, and continued to ﬂy in the Army National Guard in Hawaii parttime. In 1991 began ﬂying extensive Utility helicopter work covering; Aerial Fire Fighting, Powerline construction, Search and Rescue, Sling loads, Short-haul, ACETA, Conservation, Concrete etc.
Holds the following; ATP, CFII in Single engine, and Multi-engine land airplanes, and Rotorcraft Helicopter. Is endorsed for NVG Instructor pilot and an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic.
A short airline career in 1999 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, shifted back the helicopters full time again.
Moved to Southern California in 2007, ﬂew for SoCal Edison until getting hired in 2010 with LACoFD. Holds the rank of Senior Pilot, along with 2 others. He is the Aviation Safety ofﬁcer as well for the organization. Is directly involved with the SMS system, as well as CRM concepts. Flying for 34 years, ﬂight time just surpassed 17,000 + hours.
Thanks for your support and the rest of Tangent Link at the event. As a sponsor we felt valued and believed we made a valuable contribution to the conference delegates. The demonstration was a great way to show exhibitor’s products as well as giving a more comprehensive understanding of new concepts and systems. Well done team.
The networking opportunities were fantastic, well worth delegates and trade exhibitors. Static and Dynamic demonstrations were well organised and a highlight of the conference.
The conference went absolutely very well for us, it was interesting and useful. We enjoyed every moment, both of professional networking and the excellent atmosphere of communication between colleagues, the people who speak in the same ‘firefighting’ language. Your team is incredible.”
Once again the Tangent Link Team put on a premier event, offering fantastic information presentation and unparalleled networking opportunities for aerial firefighting.
One of the best industry specific events I have attended with key decision making persons in attendance.