It is my pleasure and honor to be associated with Angel Flight West (AFW) as a Mission Command Pilot. I joined Angel Flight West in the Spring of 2015 as a way to combine my passion for aviation, general aviation in particular, and my desire to help families and individuals dealing with difficult medical situations, seeking out medical services not accessible to them near their homes.
Aviation seems to have always been in my DNA. I started flying lessons as soon as law would allow at age 16, here in Denver at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield (known back in the day as Jeffco Airport). I earned my Private Pilots license in 1982 at the age of 17. My training continued without pause both here at Jeffco and then at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, where I entered college adding Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating and Certified Flight Instructor credentials. I spent the next 26 years advancing a career with several aerospace companies, moving through 7 states, and finishing my career with a 17 year tenure as a VP/GM for the Electronics Division of Goodrich Corp, which merged with United Technologies Corp (UTC) in late 2012. Throughout those years in industry, my passion for piloting aircraft was ever present. We owned an Aerobatic Cessna for many years and enjoyed flying it around the Seattle area for the 15 years we spent there. I retired from my Senior Executive position with UTC post merger because it was time to return home to Denver and spend time with extended family.
Angel Flight Pilots and the dedicated support personnel help to fill that very important need by providing free transportation to and from cities linking people in need of medical care with facilities that provide this care. My very busy life as a corporate exec did not allow me to join AFW until my transition back to Denver, but now is my time to give back! It is my pleasure to participate with such a great group of dedicated individuals. I have met many wonderful people with the organization and the passengers have all been a pleasure to assist. I hope to continue my involvement with AFW for many years to come.
Thank you Phil, for giving back!!