Aardvark Aeronautics was started, in 1982, by two Collins employees who were dissatisfied with the level of Ground School instruction available in the Cedar Rapids area. At the same time, it was recognized that many Collins employees, because of their close working relationship with aircraft manufacturers and users, wanted to know more about airplanes; how they work, their systems, and the environment in which they operate. Consequently, Aardvark's Ground School course embodies all of the information needed by fledging pilots to complete the FAA's Private Pilot and instrument written exams, as well as a wide range of information of interest to Collins employees who do not foresee a pilot's license in their future. Be warned, however. Aviation is highly exciting and many of the over 4,000 students of the Ground School have found themselves taking flying lessons and acquiring pilot's certificates.
" Aardvark's two instructors are both Air Force veterans, with a wide variety of aircraft experience.
Frank Gutierrez is a long time Air Force veteran. Frank worked as a Flight Test Engineer and has time on single and multi-jet and reciprocating engine aircraft. Frank has flown 28 different types of aircraft of all sizes. Frank holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with single and multi engine instrument ratings. Frank is also a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) for Single and Multiengine Instrument Airplane and is a Certified Advanced Ground Instructor for Private through ATP and Instrument. Frank is a major in the Iowa Wing USAF Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and volunteers as a flight instructor check airman and search and rescue pilot. firstname.lastname@example.org 319.295.3212
Tom Clingerman is now retired from Rockwell Collins and flying a Piper Twinstar. Tom was an Air Force instructor pilot in T-38s and a Pilot/Instructor Pilot in the F-111 Aardvark. After active duty, Tom served in the Air Force Reserve for many years and has been an advisor to the Civil Air Patrol since 1983. Tom is an aircraft owner and holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, with single and multi engine ratings and a type rating in the Learjet.
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