Dave became interested in flying by attending air shows. He started to fly May 1983 in a Cessna 152. While going to college full time and working part time he earned his private pilot license. Then after finishing a degree he continued to learn flying by earning his instrument rating. A friend talked him into getting his commercial pilot license and becoming a certified flight instructor. Dave specialized in instructing tail wheel transitions. That has brought many great friends over the years with some funny stories.