I have been a pilot for over 30 years, and a flight instructor for over 20 years. My first flights were at a very small airport in New Jersey where my father and several other family members kept their planes. I eventually learned to fly at Teterboro Airport because I wanted to train in a more active environment. I also learned to fly several classic/vintage tail-wheel and aerobatic planes, flying out of grass field airports. I am a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 73, and I am an active participant in the B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor Air Tours as well as the Young Eagles Program. In addition to General Aviation flying, I have been a software engineer, working in the defense and medical device industries. These jobs have provided me with the opportunity to work on a number of advanced avionics projects, currently on military aircraft.