CAPTAIN TOM TROTTER, US Navy Retired, FA-18 & F-14 Strike-Fighter Pilot – ATP/CFI/ CFII/MEI
Tom has been a pilot since 1975, and he has served in the capacity of being an Instructor Pilot for 20 plus years. While in the Navy, Tom taught combat tactics in the F-14A Tomcat and the FA-18 Hornet. A combat tested veteran with over 11,000 hours in 200 + models of aircraft, Tom possesses a diverse array of flight experiences to include flying from the deck of a carrier both day and night, private jet to 4 different continents, general aviation ownership and 4 years of flying in the demanding environment of Alaska. You won’t find a more qualified instructor whose flight time is nearly entirely single-pilot in some of the most demanding environments. Tom is one of very few Navy pilots to have amassed over 1,000 carrier landings. Whether it’s a single, twin, piston or jet- Tom’s vast experiences can be tailored to fit your aviation needs. Through his own company, Tom also provides Cirrus instruction, jet mentoring and contract-piloting services.
Out of a passion for instructing and aviation, John founded Due West Aviation in 1999. He learned to fly in the Colorado Rockies and has a specialized skill set for mountain flying. He loves to debunk the myths associated with mountain flying and has completely changed the thinking process for many new, and seasoned pilots. He has provided this training to airline pilots, corporate pilots, military pilots, private pilots and students from all over the world. Additionally, since 2000, John has flown thousands of hours in corporate/commercial aviation. Although they weren’t to a boat, he even admits to having executed a few carrier landings. (If you don’t know why that is funny, just ask Tom Trotter.) When John isn’t teaching flying, he may be providing contract-pilot services, consulting services or out lying to fish with a different kind of fly.
Jim wasn’t the first Due West Aviation student to become a Due West Aviation instructor, but he was the first to completely take over the reigns. (He is the boss.) Jim shares the passion for teaching and aviation. He loves to share the joy of flight with students and others in our community. We’re very proud to have him, not only be a part of the team, but be a leader. With a wonderful wife (who is a passionate educator in her own right) and three teenage children, we don’t know what Jim is doing when he isn’t flight instructing.