Captain Andy


Andy has had his head in the clouds since he was in kindergarten. At the age of 12, he was introduced to flying by his 6th grade teacher, a Certified Flight Instructor, Mr. Ron Cargile. Ron recognized Andy’s passion and, with his parent’s permission, gave him a ride in an airplane. That was all it took and Andy was hooked. Riding his bike to the airport every weekend until he was hired as a line boy at age 14, sweeping out hangars, washing airplanes and taking out the trash, Andy began his flying lessons in anything with wings. From a Piper J-3 Cub, Luscombe 8-A, Taylorcraft L-2 to a Bellanca Decathlon and Cessna 210, Andy cemented his passion for flying airplanes by soloing on his 16th birthday.

After obtaining his Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multi-Engine ratings, Andy worked a variety of aviation jobs, including banner towing, dropping skydivers, flying aerial surveys and ferrying airplanes.

While attending college at the San Jose State University, Andy worked as an intern at the NASA – Ames Research Center, Moffett Field NAS, Sunnyvale, CA. Andy’s role as a Research Pilot earned him his wings in a Learjet and Boeing 727, paving the way to his present career as an Airline Pilot. Andy has enjoyed his 37 year career as a Captain, Check Airman and Management Pilot. Andy has remained active in General Aviation, serving as a Flight Instructor in conventional gear, radial engine airplanes.

A father of five (2 adult boys and 12 year-old triplets, 2 girls and a boy), Andy lives in Phoenix, AZ with his wife, Angie. Andy has been a professional Airline Pilot since 1984, currently flying the Boeing 777 for a major US Airline.