Originally from Wayne, New Jersey, Tim knew from an early age that he was destined to do something mechanical. Directly after high school, he went into the Navy where he began his aviation career while stationed in South Carolina. Afterwards, Tim added to his military training by becoming an A&P mechanic. With an adventurous spirit and love for travel, he decided to leave the cold winters of the Northern East Coast and move to South Florida with Paul Kramer’s Learn to Fly Center.

Get to know Tim through a Q&A

You started your career in aviation in the Navy. What did you enjoy most about serving your country?

I’m lucky. I got to do something that only 1% of the population does. It was an honor to serve my country in the Navy and a great responsibility.

What is your favorite aircraft?

By far, my favorite aircraft is the F18. It truly is amazing. I wouldn’t trade my experience with F18s for the world. Everything on it is so precise.

What do you in your spare time?

I love riding motorcycles. I particularly enjoy Café racer bikes and anything from the 70’s. I think they are better built than the mass-produced, current models. Also, I have been pursuing my cave/mine rescue certificate. I want to help others in case of emergency of mine/cave accidents. Through my practical training, I have experienced one mine collapse. We always go well prepared with a gas detector, self-rescuer tank, lights, and hardhat.

If you could do anything in aviation just by snapping your fingers, what would it be?

I would want to be one of two things, either a test pilot for new aircraft or an acrobatic pilot.