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Kit Darby was the president of Aviation Information Resources (AIR, Inc.) from 1989 to 2009. He was a B737-300/800 and B717 Simulator and Ground Instructor for Boeing in Atlanta, GA from 2007-2014, and is currently an ATP-CTP instructor for Delta Global Services . A retired B767 captain with United Airlines, Mr. Darby has interviewed 21 times with 17 different airlines and worked with four majors and one national airline since 1978.
He has a BS in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle AU. Kit is author of the Simulator Flying Guide, Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Career Pilot, the World Wide Pilot Supply Report, World Wide Jet Transport Simulator Study and the new Pilot Career Guide, and publisher of the Airline Pilot Salary Survey, Airline Pilot Careers magazine (1996-2008) and Airline Pilot Job Monthly Newsletter (1993-2009).
Kit’s flight experience includes 20,000+ hours total time, 10,000 hours jet time. ATP with B717, B737, B727, DC-8, and B757/767 type ratings, flight/instrument and flight engineer instructor, commercial instrument helicopter pilot, plus military instructor/instrument examiner ratings in two helicopters and five fixed-wing multi-engine aircraft.
Daniel Gradwohl is a financial analyst with KitDarby.com. Mr. Gradwohl is the author of Air, Inc.’s yearly Airline Pilot Salary Survey and Fleet and Simulator Directory. Mr. Gradwohl also does financial analysis of potential career value earnings/projections in conjunction with expert witness legal proceedings.
Daniel received at Bachelors Degree in economics and history from Muir College at the University of California-San Diego in 1988. During college he worked as an analyst in the schedule planning department at Pacific Southwest Airlines.
Following graduation he obtained his private, instrument and commercial certificates and was a flight instructor for three years in the Los Angeles area. Gradwohl went on to fly six different aircraft types at Ameriflight from 1992-1995 before joining Ryan International Airlines on the Boeing 727-100/200. In 1997 he was hired by Northwest Airlines and has worked as a second officer on the airline’s DC-10s and B747-200s. He is currently a B-767 Captain for Delta Air Lines.
Mike Moffett is a major airline captain who has accumulated more than 20,000 during his 31-year career. In addition to his current position as an Airbus 320 captain, he has ratings in B-757, B-767, B-737, DC9, and ATR-72 aircraft and has accumulated north of 20,000 flight hours spread among seven carriers. He also served his airline as an instructor and Proficiency Check Pilot for five years.
Mike has been affiliated with Kit Darby for more than 22 years serving in a variety of roles including workshop presenter, data miner, face-to-face pilot counselor and for 12 years as a feature writer and “Ask the Counselor” columnist for the Airline Pilot Careers Magazine.
Moffett grew up in Southern California where he attended the University of California, San Diego, earning degrees in Communication and Economics.
Charles R. Barnett, III
Pilot Certificate Action Advisor
Charles R. Barnett III is an aviation attorney based in Lake In The Hills, Illinois, at the Lake In The Hill Airport (3CK). Mr. Barnett represents pilots and mechanics throughout the world in enforcement actions before the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. In addition, he represents pilots and air traffic controllers seeking assistance with FAA medical certification issues.
He has been flying airplanes since he was 16 years old. After 8 years of active duty flying in the United States Air Force flying B-52 and B-1 bombers, Mr. Barnett was hired by a major airline and currently serves as a captain on the Boeing 737 flying both international and domestic routes. He holds an ATP certificate and is currently type-rated in the Boeing 737, 757, 767 and 777 aircraft, and has accumulated over 15,000 hours of flying time. He is married and the proud father of four children.
Mr. Barnett is active in numerous aviation law related organizations, including Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Legal Services Panel, Allied Pilots Association, Frequent Speaker at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Former Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Aviation Law Committee, Experimental Aircraft Association, Illinois State Bar Association and the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association.
2001-Present: Licensed Practicing Attorney
Currently the founding partner of Barnett Law Offices (Formerly Barnett & Borth, LLC) concentrating in the area of Aviation Law with an emphasis on FAA enforcement action defenses and FAA medical certificate issues. Mr. Barnett is also an AOPA Legal Services Plan Attorney.
1991-Present: Airline Pilot, Major Airline
Currently employed with a major airline as a captain on Boeing 737 aircraft operating on international and domestic flights. Logged over 12,000 hours flying time without accident or incident. Over 9,000 hours as an airline transport pilot. Aircraft piloted include Fokker 100, Boeing 737, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, and Boeing 777. Flew as a flight engineer on Boeing 727.
1982-1991: Military Pilot, Captain, United States Air Force, Aircraft Commander of $280 million B-1B. Co-pilot/instructor co-pilot B-52H and B-52G. Worldwide strategic bomber operations. Pilot T-38. Supervisor of Flying. Runway Supervisory Officer. Awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
Airline Transport Pilot, Airplane Single & Multiengine Land, Type rated in Boeing 737, 757, 767 and 777 aircraft. Licensed pilot for over 35 years.
Flight Engineer, Turbojet Powered, Experience in Boeing 727.
Editorial Research and Administrative Consultant
Jo Halverson is an aviation research specialist with KitDarby.com. Jo is a former editor/writer for Airline Pilot Careers magazine, published by AIR, Inc. She provided topical articles that focused on current events impacting the aviation industry and the pilot profession. Currently, Jo provides fact checking and research support to client reports.
Jo has a BA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She worked as a radio news reporter prior to entering the aviation field.
Jo is employed full-time as a major airline pilot and is type rated in the A320, B767, B737 and Citation X. She has served as a Captain on the A320 and flight engineer and first officer on the B727/B-737. Her career trajectory began as a flight attendant, working on her flight ratings and certificates on her days off. She has also worked as a flight instructor and contract pilot for the Department of Defense Military Courier Service as well as a NetJets and as a Regional airline pilot.
Kit Darby, President
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