I was an airline captain for American Tans Air (ATA). I flew the Boeing 727-200 and the Boeing 737-800 as pilot in command. When the airline filed for bankruptcy in 2004 I started looking for other work. I was offered and accepted a position at the Federal Aviation Adminitration (FAA) as an aviataion safety inspector. I preformed oversight duties on two 14 CFR part 121 air carriers until accepting a position for FAA headquarters division. I worked on the team that provided technical support for the Air Transportation Oversight System (ATOS) until it’s retirement and then provided the same service for the Safety Assurance System (SAS) that replaced ATOS.
My father served in the United States Army Air Force from January of 1942 until May of 1945. He served in the 316th Troop Carrier Group, 44th Air Squadron as crew chief on C-47 and C-53 aircraft. He managed a crew of 8 men doing maintenance on those aircraft. He served in Egypt, Sicily and England flying missions with the flight crew.