James Dabney has been flying for 40 years. He earned his private pilot's license in college via the Air Force ROTC flight instruction program. In the Air Force, he accumulated 1500 hours as a Weapons System Officer (WSO), flying the F-4D and F-4E. He earned his instructor ratings (CFI in single engine, multiengine, and instrument airplane) after retiring from the Air Force Reserve. Jim started building his Pulsar in 1990, with the first flight in 2009. (His EAA Technical Counselor was Paul Dye.) He is now building an RV-14A. After he left active duty, he worked for several years developing flight design software for the space shuttle, and performed independent verification and validation of NASA flight software. Now, his day job is Professor and Chair of Systems Engineering at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
The Sport Pilot rules allow you wide latitude in changing categories of aircraft without a lot of re-training, opening up intriguing options for pilots interested in diversifying their flying. By Roy Beisswenger.