Expert Qualifications

This expert has several awards such as the USPA Gold, Diamond, and Double Diamond parachutist / skydiver badges, qualifying him as an expert in these two fields of extreme sports. He is highly knowledgeable of the safety regulations of each sport, as he serves as safety adviser and examiner for several committees. He also has several publications and held seminars on skydiving & flying safety issues.

Bio Snapshot

  • Location: Texas
  • B.S., Chemistry, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1973
  • M.S., Analytical Chemistry, University of Houston, 1978
  • Former, Certified tandem instructor, Strong Enterprises Tandem System and The Uninsured Relative Workshop Tandem System.
  • Former, Safety & Training Adviser at Spaceland Parachute Center and Skydive Spaceland and Skydive Houston
  • Co-author of several parachuting/skydiving related books
  • Editor and co-author, parachute rigging and instructor examinations
  • Former, Adviser to the USPA Safety & Training Committee and as the representative of the Parachute Industry Association to the USPA
  • Licenses / Certifications:
  • Former USPA Instructor Examiner - static line, accelerated freefall, instructor assisted deployment, and tandem training
  • Licensed Expert Skydiver
  • Licensed Commercial Pilot, Airplane, Single and Multi Engine Land, Instrument Airplane
  • Lifetime Member, United States Parachute Association
  • Member, Parachute Industry Association
  • Member / Representative, Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAAST)
  • Current, Senior Chemist at a large chemical company

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