Lew Witt

Lew Witt


PROFESSIONAL STRENGTHS • Consistent Track Record of Disciplined Flying, Seasoned Judgment • Responsible, Dependable, Team Player, Team Builder • Enviable Work Ethic: make it better, make it happen, make it last • Leader by Example, Committed to Excellence, Loyal, Honest • Excellent written and oral Communicator KEY ACHIEVEMENTS • DayJet Program Manager: Without notice, the manufacturer changed emergency procedure memory items. Working with the FAA, standardized one set of memory items and procedures across our three-model, 28-jet fleet, avoiding confusion and improving safety. • American Airlines: Safely flew 8,000+ hours of commercial air transport in all kinds of weather, day and night, to and from airports in mountainous terrain in Central and South America. • USAF Squadron Commander: Reinvented squadron tactics. Created our own training. Flying aging RF-4Cs, we won the annual Shaw AFB Top Gun Squadron Trophy over three F-16 squadrons. We flew 12,000+ consecutive accident-free hours during my command. • HQ TAC RF-4C Program Mgr: Evaluated training and flight standards at eleven active duty and Air National Guard RF-4C squadrons. Published RF-4C flying regulations. Principal authority for flight manual and checklist changes for three Major Commands.

Work History

Work History


ATP #2072630 / 11,397 Jet hrs / 3,261 MEL PIC hrs / 1,787 IP hrs / 11,463 Total hrs

Perfectly Clean Record: No accidents, violations, or suspensions

Nov 2010 - Present

Training Center Evaluator & Simulator and Ground School Instructor

SimCom Int'l., Inc.

Eclipse 500 Training Center Evaluator/Simulator Instructor/Ground School Instructor teaching Eclipse 500 systems, performance, CRM, and RVSM.

Nov 2007 - Sep 2008

Flight Operations Program Manager

DayJet Corporation - Eclipse 500 PIC and Flight Operations Program Manager, 142 hours

• Flew many business men and women throughout the SE US in the Eclipse 500 very light jet.• Aggressively revised DayJet's Flight Standards Manual. Consolidated training maneuvers and added detailed figures to instrument profiles to better prepare new-hire pilots. Created color-coded checklists for each of three models in our fleet. Resequenced pre- and post-start checklist steps, expediting takeoff, saving fuel and getting passengers to their destination on time.• When the Next Generation model was certified, developed an FAA-approved differences training PowerPoint presentation, the source for briefing 70 DayJet pilots.

Mar 1991 - Nov 2005

Retired 737-800 International Commercial Airline Pilot

American Airlines - B737-800: 3,454 hours, B727-200/A/B: 4,433 hours, Flt Engr: 600 hours

• By frequent training, evaluation, certification (ATP) and a spotless record, demonstrated advanced ability to learn and master new systems, comply with procedures, communicate and coordinate in a timely manner inside and outside the cockpit, apply experience and sound judgment and mentor other pilots with effective techniques.• Demonstrated excellent performance under pressure by frequent evaluations from FAA Operations Inspectors and American Airlines Flight Examiners.• Eased many new Captains’ transition into the advanced Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Apr 1989 - Feb 1991

Director, Tactical Reconnaissance Operations, Tactics, & Evaluations, Tactical Air Warfare Center

USAF Retired, Military Service: 1970-1991 - 2,185 hours F/RF-4 Instructor Pilot & Flight Examiner / 957 hours T-37 Instructor Pilot

• Led a team of fifteen officers, enlisted and civilians who performed testing and evaluations of systems, sensors, weapons and equipment for various USAF and Tactical Air Forces’ programs. Managed a $700K budget. Top Secret SCI security clearance.

Oct 1985 - Mar 1989

Commander, 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron

United States Air Force

• Led a 24-aircraft squadron manned by 70 RF-4C combat-ready pilots and weapon systems officers and 110 enlisted men and women during a challenging change from the European theatre to a Southwest Asian mobility and war commitment. • Reinvented squadron tactics, embracing pop-up stand-off target attacks, increasing dissimilar air combat training and joining mixed attack packages with the Wing's F-16s. • Completely changed the squadron’s authority structure, empowering Flight Commanders to lead, allowing senior leaders to evaluate progress and plan future events. • Instituted goals and assessment, creating enthusiasm and improved performance. The squadron and my leadership both earned Excellent TAC Inspector General ratings.• Managed a $600K budget. Top Secret security clearance.

Dec 1983 - Sep 1985

Editor, TAC Attack, Tactical Air Command’s Flying Safety Magazine

United States Air Force

• Led a small staff to produce a quality monthly magazine (circulation 16,500) for every flying squadron in the Air Force, as well as other services and countries. • Met deadlines, stayed within a $134K budget, solicited bids, hired and fired printers. Authored and edited articles about flying, weapons, maintenance and general safety issues. Translated technical details into plain English for non-aviator readers.• The Secretary of the Air Force credited TAC Attack magazine a contributing component of reducing TAC's mishap rate to its lowest rate in history (1985).

Jun 1981 - Dec 1983

HQ Tactical Air Command Standardization/Evaluation Flight Examiner/RF-4C Program Manager

United States Air Force

• The Command RF-4C check pilot. Evaluated the 9th and 12th Air Force check pilots, as well as pilots and weapon systems officers at every TAC RF-4C unit during formal Stan/Eval inspections. Briefed results to various General Officers at HQ TAC.• At the request of HQ TAC, 9th and 12th Air Forces’ Inspectors General, evaluated subject unit aircrews’ tactics and procedures during Operational Readiness Inspections. Previous assignments including Southeast Asia and Germany January 1970 - May 1981




Clemson University

AFROTC Scholarship Recipient and Distinguished Graduate­­­­­­­­­­­­­