George joined the Air Safety Institute team in September 2014. He comes to AOPA with a diverse background both in general aviation and military aviation. In addition to being an active GA pilot since the age of 16, he recently completed a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy as an F-18E squadron commanding officer.
During George’s career in the Navy he held numerous senior aviation safety leadership positions including Director, F-14 Tomcat fleet safety programs, Safety Director in both Carrier Air Wing Seven and Three, as well as F-18E Super Hornet carrier pilot training manager.
In addition to being an F-18 and F-14 pilot instructor and check pilot, George has over 850 carrier-arrested landings, holds ATP, CFII, and MEI certificates, has logged over 5000 hours and currently owns a Mooney M20S. George’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an MBA from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, and is also a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Safety School.