Summary of Qualifications
Chief Test Pilot / Senior Test Pilot for major aircraft OEM. FAA Consultant DER Test Pilot (14 CFR Part
23). Extensive GA experience as an aerial applicator, on demand and scheduled charter pilot on floats wheels and skis. DER Flight Test Pilot at major aircraft manufacturer; FAA ATP Rating; Current FAA Class two Medical. Experience in over 60 Types of aircraft. Type ratings in CE510, AV-L39, Cirrus Jet, Flying Time: 10000+ (>9500 PIC); Engineering Degrees including (BSAE and MSAE).
Oct 1999 – Present Experimental Test Pilot
Chief Test Pilot & Director of Flight Test, Cirrus Aircraft, Duluth MN.
Manage a 6-pilot Flight Test Department charged with the development and certification tests of the SR2X and SF50 Aircraft.
Flight test DER responsibility with FAA.
Fly experimental flights to include performance, stability & control, and systems tests on the SR2X and SF50 aircraft.
Lead pilot during hazardous tests (high AOA, flutter, parachute system testing, ). Author of key test plans.
Advise Senior Engineering personnel on integration of aircraft systems.
Advise on test results and consults on data analysis.
Fly safety chase on test flights in the SR22 and L-39. Current / Qualified Safety Chase pilot
Perform production flight test of new SRX Aircraft. Broad exposure to all FAA certification issues.
Fly certification flights with CAA test pilots.
Advocate for customer acceptance / operator issues.
Support accident investigations, including depositions and expert witness functions.
Jan 1996 –September 1999 Chief Engineer and Pilot
Chief Engineer and Pilot, Rans Aircraft Inc., Hays KS
Responsible for all engineering activities related to the design, manufacture, and production of industry leading experimental light aircraft. Conducted engineering developmental test, production acceptance, marketing and delivery flights as required.
Jan 1993-Aug 1996 Aerospace Engineer,
Combat Mission Planning Software Test Engineer, Tybrin Corporation, Eglin AFB.
Represent pilot community during the development and testing of combat flight planning software tools. Validate mission planning software, user interface definition and aircraft performance model integration.
1991-1992 Ag Pilot
Aerial application with a Grumman Ag-Cat.
1987-1990 Bush Pilot
Air Sask Aviation, Laronge SK
On demand charter pilot for C-185, DHC-2/3, and C310 aircraft. Scheduled air service copilot PA-31
Medevac service copilot PA-31
1985-1987 Ag Pilot
Sinclair Aviation, Eston Sk.
Aerial application with a PA-25 and Callair B1
Master of Science Aerospace Engineering, Bachelor of Science Aeronautical Engineering (ERAU) Diploma of Aeronautical Engineering Technology (SAIT)
NTPS Performance and flying qualities 1&2 academics and flight.
NTPS 2 week short course NTPS systems courses NTPS OT&E course
NTPS upset and spin training courses
UTSI Icing short course
DER initial and recurrent
Advanced acro and spin courses in the Pitts S2B/Extra 300/ and SF211
Member: Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Member: Experimental Aircraft Association