Vann Norred, Director
I started flying as a senior in high school where I soloed in a Aeronca 7AC Champ at Cornelia Fort Airpark in Nashville, TN. However, my aviation pursuits were interrupted for 7 years while earning an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, then spent 3 years on active duty in the Marine Corps. I resumed my flying career in Waukesha, WI and has been hyperactive ever since, earning fixed wing certificates through ATP and CFI S and ME Airplane and CFII Airplane. I also hold Ground Instructor Advanced and Instrument as well as an A&P Certificate. I hold the Master Ground Instructor designation from NAFI. In the mid 1960s I instructed for several years in a Culver V, at that time the oldest one still flying (Serial No 13).
Returning to the Marine Corps in 1961, I have instructed at flight training facilities in Quantico, VA, Jacksonville, New Bern, and Kinston, NC, Yuma, AZ as well as Carlsbad, CA. I ran the Aviation Ground School at Arizona Western College at Yuma until my tour of duty at MCAS, Yuma was over. I later instructed at the Fort Carson Flying Club, a Part 141 School with VA Approved courses. I started and ran a very successful FBO partnership at Palomar airport in Carlsbad, CA until retiring from the Marine Corps. During that time I also ran the ground school for the Vietnamese Air Force pilots in the Camp Pendleton Refugee Camp (1975). Although I was a 20 year career Marine Corps officer, I was never a military pilot.
I instructed Weekend Flight Clinics in all parts of the country for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation from 1967 through the mid 1990s.
While still on active duty I earned a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications from University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. After retiring from the Marine Corps I worked as an Air Defense Systems Engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company, Fullerton, CA and then held the same position at Litton Data Systems, Van Nuys, CA, later becoming the Engineering Manager at Litton Data Systems in Colorado Springs.