Helicopter Operations and Maintenance

He is a highly experienced helicopter pilot and maintenance officer.  He has gained a wide range of experience during his distinguished career as a US Army and US Coast Guard officer and pilot.  He has served as a helicopter aircraft commander, instructor pilot and pilot examiner and has developed and managed operations and training programs.  As a civilian, he has managed and conducted NASA technical research, test and evaluation programs.


Bachelor of Science, Criminology, Georgia Southern University, 1983

Professional Experience

RTI Forensics LLC, Hayward, CA, Helicopter Operations and Maintenance, 2012

US Army, Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA,  Test Pilot and Research Aircraft Manager, 2003 - Present

US Coast Guard Air Station, Elizabeth City, NC,  Lieutenant Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, Chief Pilot; Head of Flight Evaluation Board, Head, Budget and Supply Department 1999 - 2003

USCG Air Station, Kodiak, AK, Lieutenant, Flight Examiner/Instructor Pilot and Standardization Officer, 1991 - 1999

US Army, F-4/3 Aviation Regiment, Fort Hood, TX, Captain, Aircraft Maintenance Production Control Officer/Test Pilot, 1990 - 1991

US Army, A-3/501 Aviation Regiment, Camp Humphreys, Korea Captain, Aircraft Maintenance Officer/Test Pilot, 1989 - 1990

US Army, B-6/101 Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, KY, Captain, Aviation Platoon Leader, 1983 - 1989

Flight Experience

• Total Flight Time (not including simulator): 6,000+ hours. 
• Aircraft types flown: TH-55A, UH-1H, UH-60A/L, EH-60A/L, JUH-60A, HH-60J, S-92, OH-58C. 
• FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Rotorcraft and Instrument Helicopter Rating.


• Transportation Officer Basic Course, Ft. Eustis, VA, 1983
• Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Ft. Rucker, AL, 1984
• Aviation Officers Advanced Course, Ft. Rucker, AL, 1988
• UH-60 Aviator Qualification Course, Ft. Rucker, AL, 1989
• UH-60 Maintenance Officer Test Pilot Course, Ft. Eustis, VA, 1989
• HH-60J Transition Course, CGATC Mobile, AL, 1992
• Methods of Instruction, CGAS Elizabeth City, NC, 1996
• Advanced Rescue Swimmer School, CGAS Astoria, OR, 1999
• HH-60J Alaska Qualification CGAS Kodiak, AK, 1997
• Government Flight Representative (GFR) Course, Long Beach, CA, 2006


• Distinguished Flying Cross
• Air Medal
• Army Commendation Medal
• Coast Guard Commendation Medal
• Army Achievement Medal
• Coast Guard Achievement Medal
• SECDOT Award for Outstanding Achievement
• Coast Guard Unit Commendation
• National Defense Service Ribbon
• Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
• Humanitarian Service Medal
• Army Service Ribbon
• Overseas Service Ribbon
• Coast Guard Expert Rifleman Medal
• Coast Guard Expert Pistol Shot Medal
• Association of Naval Aviation Helicopter Aircrew of the Year
• Naval Helicopter Association Aircrew of the Year
• American Helicopter Society Feinberg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Helicopters
• Experimental Aircraft Association Lone Eagle Award for Aviation Heroism
• American Helicopter Society Feinberg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Helicopters
• Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism
• Sikorsky Rescue Award