Ken Howell first soloed in 1957 in an Aeronca 7AC. After leaving the Air Force in 1960 he obtained his Private Pilot license and began to work on his advanced ratings. In the next four years he gained his Commercial, CFI, Multi-engine and Instrument ratings and started his life-time avocation as a part time Flight Instructor. He added his Multi-engine Instructor and ATP ratings in 1977. In addition to flight instructing he has flown Part 135 Charter and Corporate Operations. He also holds Private Pilot licenses in Germany, the UK and Australia. Ken always had an interest in warbirds and has had the opportunity to fly the Vultee BT-13, Ryan PT-22, and the North American AT-6 and P-51D.