The purpose of offering Advance Pilot Training, to our WestWind Captains, is to provide supplemental education that may not be found within your current version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The Advance Pilot Training program can offer you aeronautical theory as well as real life lessons learned by our contributing pilots and aviation educators. Please remember to leave a critique after you have completed each lesson. Through your feedback, we can improve the Advance Pilot Training Program for future WestWind, VA Captains.
Ken has been involved with painting aircraft, developing scenery training modules and working flight dynamics since FS 5.1. He has previously served on the Executive Committee and as our Vice President of Training and Chief Flight Instructor.
Ken is a current FAA Certified Flight Instructor – Airplane Multi-engine Land and Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument working for a major flight training corporation. Ken specializes in King Air instruction. He also holds FAA Commercial Pilot certificate with ratings in both airplanes and helicopters and is a trained International Captain with multiple Atlantic and Pacific crossings in the King Air. Ken has over 2,500 hours of flying experience and recently retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. His 24 years of service included Special Reconnaissance Operations over Korea, Standardization Instructor Pilot for C-12s, Director of Flight Operations for the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and multiple other command and staff billets. His many award and decorations includes Master Army Aviator Wings and the Bronze Star. Ken also holds a Bachelors Degree from Northwestern State University in Aviation Science and is a Graduate of the Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS (Masters equivalent.)
Ed is a long-time WestWind pilot dating back to 1996. As one of our most active members. Ed has served as Vice President, Pilot Programs and as Hub Manager in Atlanta where he has been known to "spices things up" by sharing his knowledge and frequently quizzing his pilots on various aspects of aviation.
Ed's real world flying experience includes ground school and ongoing lessons in the Cessna 172, the Piper Cherokee and the Baron Twin 58.
Admittedly, Ed says: "Everything I learned about flying, other than jumping with the elite 82nd Airborne during the Korean War , I learned from WestWind
Airlines". Ed's real world career was that of Chief Engineer for Simon
Corp, where he oversaw the design and operation, or submitted design changes for the
construction and operation of power plants at various shopping malls and office towers throughout the country..
His latest projects before retirement were St Louis Centre, and Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.
In addition, Ed is also a retired Police Sgt. His military career included: US
Air Force Reserve, US Marines Reserve, US Army Reserves, US army 82nd Airborne/Special Ops, US Navy Seabee/UD, US Navy Boiler
Technician and US Navy Reserves Instructor.
Ed Ward was previously Chief Pilot & Executive Vice President of Training. Ed shared his knowledge and experience with us and with his background in aviation, it is considerable!
Ed is a retired international Line Captain for a major firm and has flown in excess of 7000 high performance jet hours along with 3000 hours in most of the general aviation light piston aircraft. He holds an ATP (Airline Transport Pilots License) and is typed rated in the Cessna Citation, IAI Westwind and Astra corporate jets. He also has logged time as a Gulfstream II corporate jet First Officer. Ed holds a current Certified Flight Instructor's license with Instrument and Multi Engine endorsements. Also, he has obtained an Airframe and Powerplant License with an Inspector Authorization. Ed is a former US Marine Corps Captain and lives in the US in the state of Virginia. Ed is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with a Master's Degree in Education
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