Michael Coppa

  • North Kingstown RI

Work History

Work History
Mar 1982 - Jan 2011

Journeyman Air Traffic Controller

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, FAA, PVD ATCS

WARWICK, RI Journeyman Air Traffic Controller, Issue landing and take-off authorizations or instructions. Monitor or direct the movement of aircraft within an assigned air space or on the ground at airports to minimize delays and maximize safety. Monitor aircraft within a specific airspace, using radar, computer equipment, or visual references. Inform pilots about nearby planes or potentially hazardous conditions, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, or visibility problems.

Oct 1980 - Apr 1981

Captain

New York Helicopter Airways

Captain, Check passenger and cargo distributions and fuel amounts to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met. Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures. Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.

Jul 1979 - Oct 1980

Captain

ISLAND HELICOPTER
NEW YORK, NY Captain, Check aircraft prior to flights to ensure that the engines, controls, instruments, and other systems are functioning properly. Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights. Plan flights according to government and company regulations, using aeronautical charts and navigation instruments. Write specified information in flight records, such as flight times, altitudes flown, and fuel consumption.
Jul 1973 - Jul 1978

Chief Warrant Officer

UNITED STATES ARMY
FULDA, GERMANY, Chief Warrant Officer, Gunship Pilot, Heavy Section Leader, 11th Cavalry Attack Helicopter Squadron, Gun Platoon Patrol of Border between West and East Germany during the Cold War Flight and mission management of various Armed Helicopter Gunships Maintain proficiency in various Aircraft; Cobra, Huey and Kiowa Scout

Education

Education
Sep 2012 - May 2015

B.S.

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

Bachelor of Science Marine Affairs.  Marine Biology Minor.  Underwater Archaeology MInor.

Aug 1981 - May 1993

A.A.  Liberal Arts

Community College of Rhode Island