Gary learned to fly at Montgomery Field in San Diego while serving in the US Navy as an Air Traffic Controller at nearby Miramar Naval Air Station (now MCAS). After the Navy he added commercial, instrument, and flight instructor ratings while studying engineering at Palomar Community College. After transferring to Humboldt State in Arcata, CA, Gary and another flight instructor started a Cessna Pilot Center at Murray Field in Eureka, and later added a charter service under FAR Part 135. He has over 18,000 flight hours, including stints as a corporate pilot, Chief Flight Instructor, Chief Pilot, Director of Operations, Designated Pilot Examiner, and Instructor and Line Pilot for a regional air carrier. Gary is type rated in SA-227 and B-737 aircraft.