Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Reno Air Racing Association welcomes aviation expert Michael Stollings to board


With nearly four decades of extensive military and commercial flight experience, Michael Stollings is the newest member to join the Reno Air Racing Association Board of Directors. Stollings’ knowledge in aviation safety and flight operations will contribute to the overall growth, safety and success of the National Championship Air Races.

With nearly 40 years of combined commercial and military aviation experience, Stollings is seasoned in the realm of flight safety. As a retired commercial airplane flight deck chief engineer for Boeing, Stollings was responsible for everything from flight deck safety to operation efficiency for all in-service Boeing airplanes, including the 787.

Early in his military career, Stollings completed 3,000 hours of high operational responsibilities as a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) senior alert pilot and continued on to become the supervisor of flying for the United States Air Force (USAF). In his role, Stollings was responsible for the safe conduct of all flight operations. He was both timely and precise in all decisions made to ensure the proper control of scheduled flight activities and ground traffic operations. Stollings also served as operations officer at the Air Defense Alert Facility and was responsible for the safe and efficient operational conduct of six tactical alert fighter aircraft.

In addition to his commercial and military flight experience, Stollings participated in several accident investigations and operational incidences; served as a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves; has extensive flight experience with military planes including the F-4 and F-15; was commanding officer for the USS Independence Unit, Whidbey Island NAS; and was awarded “Outstanding Commanding Officer” Whidbey Naval Air Station Reserves.

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