….if I wore hats!
For me, home right now really is where I hang my hat because I enjoy living in new places every so often when my career takes me someplace different every few years. At the moment my hats are hung in Reno, Nevada – a town right over the Sierra Nevada Mountains next to the California border and about a 4-hour drive to San Francisco. I’ve found that there are so many great places to live in this country and that it has been an adventure discovering a new area and learning what that region has to offer.
After five years in the U.S. Army as an airborne infantryman and then an honor graduate of the Army’s Electronic Warfare Tactical Intercept Systems Repairer course, I spent over 25 years in the field of broadcast television technology which is (usually) fun and challenging to work in. There is a terrific sense of pride and accomplishment in working with smart people building or repairing complex systems that incorporate disciplines such as high-power RF systems, robotics, discrete electronics, computers, networking, as well as analog and digital production systems.
I still enjoy working on electronics or computer-based projects and spend some of my spare time being creative by writing Python scripts and building Raspberry Pi projects. One project at my last television station was building a Raspberry Pi-based datalogger which would sample GPI signals and log them to a CSV file which I could then bring into an Excel spreadsheet to chart the activity. My latest project has been a Raspberry Pi-based METAR map of the Phoenix/Tucson area airports on a framed VFR sectional chart using LEDs that change color every 5 minutes according to the current flight conditions.
As I was finishing my private pilot license flying out of Minden, Nevada my last position as Director of Engineering in Reno was eliminated in January for cost-savings reasons. I felt it was just the right time to leave the world of broadcast television engineering behind and push my general aviation piloting career to the professional level.
I’m now a Certified Flight Instructor in addition to being an instrument and multi-engine rated commercial pilot. I have earned the additional CFI-I and MEI certifications which I can use to achieve every aviator’s dream of making a living in aviation by combining the fun and adventure of flying while teaching others how to accomplish the same dream.
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