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Don TaylorDon Taylor
Don is a consultant and currently works part-time for Eclipse Aviation Corporation. Prior to retiring, he served for seven years as vice president of flight operations, safety, and training at Eclipse. A pilot since age 16, Don served two years of active duty in the Iowa Air National Guard and two years as a civilian contract instructor for the U.S. Air Force. He later joined United Airlines and retired as a captain and check airman.
Co-founder of the International Aerobatic Club, Don was founder and first president of the U.S. Aerobatic Foundation; he was a member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team and organized and ran the first World Aerobatic Championships held in the U.S. at Oshkosh in 1980. He was chief judge at the 91992 World Aerobatic Championships and was inducted into the International Aerobatic Hall of Fame in 2003. Awards include the EAA President’s Award, IAC President’s Award, and Rolly Cole Memorial Award.
He flies an Eclipse 500 aircraft, the L-39 upset trainer, and an MU-2 turboprop.