Staff Biography

In September 2009, Derrick was selected to his current position of Chief Operations Officer for USAVA. Prior to this, he served a Director of Operations for Phoenix. His virtual flying career started in 1998 with his first purchase of Microsoft Flight Simulator and used the program to assist in the completion of his Instrument Ground School Course. Enjoying the features of the program, he continued using flight simulator and subsequently joined Blue Sky Virtual Airways. Since 2000, he has flown with a number of Virtual Airlines and has reached the rank of Captain with Lynx, Southwest and Alaska Virtual Airlines.

Outside of the VA, Derrick started his real-world aviation career in 1981 when he was a cadet at the US Air Force Academy. He pursued and obtained his Private Pilots license but was unable to secure a military flying career. So, he completed his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and pursued a professional career in Information Technology (IT). He taught IT, Networking and IT Security at both the University of California San Diego and has earned the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certifications.

Despite his career change, Derrick remains active in aviation. He has also held many part time aviations positions including a flying club flight dispatcher, as well as an information systems manager for an aviation organization. He has logged over 750 hours as a Private Pilot. In 2010, he expects to complete his Instrument/Commercial rating as well as his Masters of Business Administration Degree (MBA).

Derrick has a goal of getting completing his CFII/MEI by 2011 in hopes of doing securing a part time position as a commuter pilot. As EVP, he hopes to bring as much flight operations realism to USAVA and help develop USAVA to become one of the most successful, realistic and enjoyable virtual airlines on the web.


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