Pat is an AOPA Foundation Scholarship Mentor. He was bitten by the flying bug early and began taking lessons at age 16, earning his Private Pilot certificate shortly after his 17th birthday. Today, 12000 hours later, he is a Designated Pilot Examiner and Gold Seal Flight Instructor for gliders, single and multi-engine aircraft, and seaplane, giving close to 6000 hours of instruction. Pat is the co-developer of AOPA's Rusty Pilots and Back to Your Roots. He travels regularly, speaking to pilot groups on aviation safety-related topics, and has conducted Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics nationwide.
Brian Schiff is a seasoned captain for a major US airline with a deep-seated passion for general aviation. Over his career, he has accumulated an impressive 20,000 hours of flight time across a wide range of aircraft and has flown 98 different types. As an esteemed member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), Brian's expertise and experience have earned him the distinction of being an active 38-year Gold Seal flight instructor and FAA Safety Team Representative. He possesses multiple flight instructor ratings and an exceptional ability to simplify complex procedures and concepts while maintaining a contagious enthusiasm for aviation and teaching.
Furthermore, Brian has been an FAA-designated examiner, allowing him to conduct examinations of pilots. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Master of Science in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. Brian is a highly respected figure in the aviation community and is sought after for his engaging and informative seminars on aviation safety and techniques. He is passionate about educating students and professional pilots and is committed to upholding the highest standards of aviation instruction and promoting aviation safety.