David M. Barron holds the following FAA Airman Certificates: Airline Transport Pilot: Airplane Single Engine and Multiengine Land, DA-10, C-500, and DC-3 with Commercial Privileges: Airplane Single and Multiengine Sea, Rotorcraft Helicopter, and Glider. He is also a Sport Pilot Gyro-Plane. Further, he has held a Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate constantly since 1970, Airplane Single and Multiengine, Instrument. He also holds the Ground Instructor Advanced & Instrument, Remote Pilot Certificate, Flight Dispatcher, and Control Tower Operator Certificates. He has over 5000 hours of experience in 94 different kinds of aircraft. He has flown international and domestic aircraft delivery, life guard flights, instructing, lobster patrol, and FAR 135 freight to being a Captain with PBA. He retired after 13 years with American Airlines as an instructor on the Boeing 777-200, MD-80, and B737-800. He worked for the FAA as an Air Route Traffic Controller, Tower Controller, Flight Service Station Certified Pilot weather Briefer, and NOAA Weather Observer. In addition he was in the FAA FSDO in Puerto Rico and Orlando as an Operations inspector to include assisting the NTSB with aircraft accidents. He received the FAA Wright Brothers Award in April of 2016 with a record of flying over 50 years with no violations or accidents after soloing in 1964. He is a US Army Aviation Veteran. He also belongs to several local and national memberships and associations and is highly regarded in each one.
Why does he still teach general aviation rather than take up a corporate job, because he says he feels it is important to teach safety from the very beginning of primary Aviation to the highest levels a person can attain.