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About the Author

Written By: Doug Carmody

A little about me and what I do. For over twenty years, I worked for a large airline. I started as a Flight Engineer, moved to First Officer, was promoted to Captain and then became a 737 Instructor. That’s where I gained most of my experience, but, even while flying for Piedmont Airlines, I instructed on my days off. For two decades I balanced flying for the airlines with teaching students. In 2005, I took an early retirement from US Airways and plunged into flight training full time. In addition to flying, I’m the author of several aviation training books including “The Contract Pilot’s Handbook” and the King Air Training Workbooks series.

Here is my experience:

I recently retired as the Chief Pilot of a restaurant chain.

As an A&P mechanic I have attended numerous Pratt & Whitney maintenance courses.

I took an early retirement from the airlines and offer my students a professional, peer-to-peer training environment. I know how to train professional pilots and I do all the training.

My experience includes 20,000+ hours as a Captain with US Airways.

I am licensed in Single and Multi-engine airplanes as an ATP, CFI, CFII-MEI. My type ratings include Airbus A319/320/321,Beechcraft BE-300, Boeing 767/757/737, DC-9, Fokker F100/F28, EMB-110 and the Cessna Citation CE-500. Also, I hold a Flight Engineer Turbo-jet rating and an A & P mechanic’s license.

I have 30 years of instructional experience in turbine aircraft. As a former check pilot and flight instructor on the Boeing 737, my responsibilities included reviewing the abilities of Captain and First Officer’s for competency to fly passengers in airline operations.

I am an FAA Lead FAAST Team Safety Counselor for the SC/NC area.

I have been awarded the FAA’s “Gold Seal” and I’ve been named a Master CFI by the National Association of Flight Instructors.

I have authored nine aviation textbooks published by McGraw-Hill and I have written 4 King Air training manuals.