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Cameron Etezadi Bio
Coming from a long time Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) family in St. Louis, airplanes have always been a part of my life. However it wasn't until college that I learned to fly. After my freshman year finals wrapped up at school in Texas, I darted off to Norman, Oklahoma and got my private pilot's license in just 24 days of very intensive all-day training. I was hooked! When I returned to college in Houston, ink-still-wet ticket in hand, I would escape the heat and humidity on the weekends by running away in a Cessna 150 or Piper Warrior, often to long-abandoned airfields tucked into the barrier islands on the Gulf Coast. If the sprawl of the city got to me, having the option to get above it all made my time down there much more bearable. Along the way, flying introduced me to a lot of great people and great get-aways that were only practical as a pilot.
In the following 20+ years of flying, I've managed to pick up an instrument rating, commercial pilot privileges in single engine land, single engine sea, and multi-engine land planes, my CFI certificate, and my rotorcraft/helicopter license as well. I'm also an avid skydiver with a D license from the USPA and more than 400 jumps in my log book - all of which were intentional!
After I finished college, I moved to the Pacific Northwest in the mid-90s to work for Microsoft as a software developer and manager, and I instantly fell in love with the rugged beauty of the Northwest. I stayed at Microsoft for over a decade, both here in Seattle and overseas in Sweden. After leaving Microsoft, I've continued working on and off in the tech sector while continuing to indulge my passion for all things aviation related. It's my pleasure to share the excitement and enjoyment of flying with others through teaching.
Commercial Pilot: Airplane - Single Engine Land & Sea, Multi-Engine Land, Rotorcraft
Private Pilot: Rotorcraft - Helicopter
Skydiving: USPA D-26879
Flight Instructor: Airplane - Single Engine
Ground Instructor: Advanced