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Ron McElroy is a graduate of the USAF Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics, and a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ron attended USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training at Williams AFB, Arizona, and has flown for over 39 years in over 160 types of aircraft. He is a also a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB where he was the Operations Officer and Chief Test Pilot for the USAF C-17A Combined Test Force initial cadre. He currently serves as an FAA flight test pilot for the Chicago Aircraft Certification Office.

Ron has accumulated a broad spectrum of experience in military, airline, corporate, and general aviation operations: he has been an instructor pilot, Special Air Missions pilot for Congress, DOD, and the White House, FAA Designee check airman, NASA project pilot, and test pilot consultant. He has published two books and three study guides for pilots and written articles for major publications. Ron has been involved with many flight test projects as a project pilot and consultant, and as a flight test captain for a major airline. He is also a member of the FAA WakeNetUSA panel for wake turbulence.

Ron holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with 15 type ratings, Commercial Seaplane, and Private Glider privileges and is a Certified Flight Instructor, and Advanced Instrument Ground Instructor. He has logged over 10,800 hours with over 4,800 hours of simulator time as a trainee and instructor pilot. Ron has provided more than 10,000 hours of instruction in a variety of settings throughout his career in classroom, simulators, and aircraft for the USAF, general aviation, and airline students and trainees using USAF training curricula, FAA Practical Test Standards, and FAA approved airline training courses.

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