Dick has been in aviation since 1953. He was a radar controller in the USAF then went with the CAA/FAA. During a 32-year career in ATC with the agency, he certified in all four AT options: FSS, ARTCC, ATCT and TRACONs. He served on the AT evaluation staff auditing the services provided by ATC and FSS facilities. He soloed at Merrill Field, Anchorage, Alaska in 1958, holds an ATP, ASEL/MEL/SES certificate, and was a corporate pilot and flight instructor for over 25 years. He flew a variety of business aircraft. Logged 7,000+ hours in over 90 make/model aircraft. He was active in flying clubs, the CAP, and owned a Comanche and a Bonanza. He has volunteered with the FAA Safety Program since its beginning in the early 1970s and a recipient of the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. Now retired, he lives in Melbourne, FL and edits a newsletter for a pilots association.