A Short Bio

Chris's first flight was a totally unmemorable Continental Airlines trip from Kansas City to Denver in the summer 1965. Although the flight was unmemorable, it led to an adventure that continues to this day. At the end of that flight was the US Air Force Academy. And by graduation in June 1969, Chris had gained 30 hours in Air Force T-41s, an FAA Private Pilot's license, a dozen hours or so in the back seat of a Korean War vinatage T-33, navigation training in the Air Force T-29, as well as basic parachute training at Fort Benning GA and advanced parachuting at the Academy.

T-41
T-33

CESSNA T-41

T-29

LOCKHEED T-33 SHOOTING STARS OVER MOUNT RANIER

CONVIAR T-29 FLYING CLASSROOM

T-37

Graduation brought new flight adventures. USAF pilot training in the Cessna T-37. The venerable "Tweety Bird" (so-called because of it's high-pitched engines) served as the Air Force's introduction to the wonderful world of jet aircraft. This was capped off with six months flying the Northrop T-38. For Chris, and thousands of other Air Force pilots over the last 50 years, this is the aircraft that provided thrills like supersonic flight, four-ship formation flight, and loops and cloverleafs that took 1,000 feet of altitude to complete

CESSNA T-37 “TWEETY BIRD”

T-38

NORTHROP T-38 TALON, STILL IN USE TODAY

LOCKHEED C-141 STARLIFTER

C-141-landing

Graduation from USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training brought the first "working" Air Force assignment - three enjoyable years flying the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. This aircraft took Chris all over the world, west to Bangkok and the Far East, and eastward to Europe and to Israel during the Yom Kipur war.
But then, reassignment back to the Air Force Academy, and a chance to pass on to others what he had learned. Four years teaching flying skills to Air Force cadets imparted a love of teaching.
In the last 40 years, Chris has flown with hundreds of students and in more than 75 different aircraft models, from gliders to twin-engine aircraft. And he has yet to find an airplane, or a student, that has not brought joy.

And since? Chris has spent the last 40+ years as a part-time, free-lance instructor. His FAA ratings include:
Airline Transport Rating
Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes, single-engine, land, sea
Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes, multi-engine
Certified Flight Instructor, instruments
Certified Ground Instructor, Advanced
Certified Ground Instructor, Instruments
Master Certified Flight Instructor
FAA Gold Seal Instructor
Certified Instructor, Beechcraft Proficient Pilots Program

Comments, questions,
or just want to talk airplanes?
Drop me a note
or call:
816-763-5205