With more than 13,000 hours of flight time, Randall Brooks has had one of those varied and interesting careers that most aviators can only dream of. Gliders, biplanes, corporate aircraft, executive jets, retired Russian military trainers — if it has wings, Randy knows how to fly it.
The son of an Air Force test pilot and an aerospace engineer, Brooks’ early career highlights include instructing in aerobatics, being an airshow pilot with teams sponsored by Red Baron Pizza and Holiday Inn, flying corporate jets with Schwan Foods (Red Baron’s parent company), and being the head of emergency situations training at the light jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation.
“They really offered me amazing opportunities that I wouldn’t have had at an established aircraft manufacturer,” Randy says of his time at Eclipse. “I was able to assist with production flight testing and ultimately I demonstrated the Eclipse Concept Jet — forerunner to the 400 — at Oshkosh in 2008.” [Read more…]