Jim Gray’s flying started in 1963 as pilot in the United States Air Force. His total military service spans over 30 years which includes active duty and National Guard time. Military aircraft he has flown include the T-37, T-38, KC-135, KC-97, U-8, U-10, C-7, and C-21.
Jim has also had a career in airline flying. His last airline service was as a Captain at American Airlines. Airliners he has flown include the Convair 880, Boeing 707, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, DC-10 and MD-80. At 20,000 flight hours Jim stopped keeping count.
In 1978, Jim earned his Certified Flight Instructor rating. He is now serving as Manager of ATC Camas. He has given over 2,000 hours of flight instruction and has endorsed a number of student pilots to get their Private Pilot licenses. Jim has owned three aircraft and has flown most makes and models of civilian airplanes.
A good day for Jim is when a student makes progress towards getting a pilot’s license.
Bob is a retired engineer who has had a passion for aviation since high school. He worked as a “line-boy” at a small grass airport in North Chicago where he received his private license at the age of 18. He has been flying for 50 years and has about 7,000 flying hours.
Bob has Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor certificates. He owns a homebuilt bush plane. Bob has owned 13 airplanes, including 3 different Cessna 180s, the primary workhorse in Alaska.
Bob has flown for the Iditarod Air Force for 17 years – flying into unimproved locations on skis in “bush” Alaska. He has served as IAF Route Coordinator, Safety Officer and Check Airman. Bob lived in Alaska for 30 years - now, he resides in Camas, WA. Bob still enjoys passing on his aviation experience as a part-time flight instructor.