Phil discovered the beauty and poetry of flight in his pre-teens playing with balsa model airplanes while growing up in Louisville, Kentucky. A creative person who embraces change, he is a student, teacher, life-long learner, 7,000 hour working pilot, flight and ground instructor, and has a strong interest in improving safety as it relates to training, human factors, design, and the human-machine interface. He holds a commercial pilot certificate with ASMEL-Instrument, Helicopter, and Glider ratings, an Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor certificate, and an FAA Gold Seal Certificated Flight Instructor certificate with ASMEL and Instrument ratings. His logbook shows more than 2,200 hours of dual instruction given. He is currently studying in preparation to add the Glider category rating to his CFI-I certificate. As a successful inventor, designer, and small business owner, he holds one patent and is currently working on several more which will form the basis for his next new business.