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About Aerial Engagement

About Aerial Engagement

In a recent industry survey, 60 percent of pilot respondents said they intend to train for a new certificate or rating this year. More than half of lapsed pilots said they intend to become current. Certificated flight simulators are effective, economical tools to accomplish these goals.

Problem is, most simulators in use today are at flight schools, which require enrollment in their programs in order to use them. Independent CFIs not connected to these schools are denied access.

Not anymore.

Aerial Engagement has built a public flight simulation venue for anyone to use for aviation discovery or training. We aren’t a flight school. We don’t have airplanes or instructors. Instead, we assembled the technology and made our space available for Independent CFIs and their students to use as they see fit.

Just like an independent construction contractor may rent equipment “as needed,” we make training technology available to aviators. Who are we? Check us out below!

Fairfax O’Riley

Fairfax O’Riley brought a career in aviation analysis and instruction, along with experience as an electrical engineer and software architect to create Aerial Engagement. He draws on a background in military and airline flight operations, instruction, and systems. Fairfax is a Certificated Flight Instructor with over 10,800 hours in a wide variety of airframes, including airplanes, gliders, helicopters, and drones. He has an MBA from Duke University and did his undergraduate work at the University of Santa Clara and Columbia University. He has worked extensively overseas, having been to over 130 countries.

Frank Gomez

Frank Gomez is the Director of Flight Operations for Aerial Engagement. As an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor, Frank is passionate about promoting aviation education and has prepared and recommended applicants for glider ratings at Arizona Soaring, California Soaring Academy, and Hood River (Oregon) Soaring. He has been a leader as an engineer in the aerospace and defense industry with the likes of Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Sirius MicroTech. Frank was graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Tarah Schwartz

Tarah Schwartz is the Chief Administrator. She is responsible for scheduling time on the Aerial Engagement simulators and managing the business activities associated with that. She also handles the organization’s outreach to schools and participates in career fairs. An accomplished writer, she is the author of nine books and dozens of blog posts. She is a certificated pilot, graduate of Arizona State University, and holds memberships in Women in Aviation International and the Soaring Society of America.

Trent Hargis

Trent Hargis is our simulator instructor/technician. He holds an FAA Flight Instructor and Instrument-Rated Pilot Certificates. He provides orientation on our simulator technology to students, pilots and instructors. Trent is a student at Grand Canyon University, majoring in Entrepreneurship. It is Trent’s objective to bring his flying and instructional talents to the airlines.

Mark Lambert

Mark Lambert, Aerial Engagement’s Director of Development, has 35 years of experience in sales and marketing. He sold securities for the national brokerage firm AG Edwards, was vice-president of marketing for a regional bank in Michigan and was Director of Michigan Group Sales for the Auto Club Group (AAA). He has a bachelor’s in business management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University and was graduated from the Bank Administration Institute’s Graduate School of Banking. Mark is a pilot with a sincere appetite for new flight training experiences.