Ron Stafford
Ron Stafford

Hometown: SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Occupation: INSTRUCTOR, CORPORATE/FERRY PILOT

Education: BACHELOR DEGREES IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, COMMUNICATIONS, BUSINESS, AVIATION MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, PUBLIC RELATIONS. I ALSO HOLD THE FOLLOWING: MBA, DOCTOR OF EDUCATION AND DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Pilot Certificates: ATP; MEL COMMERCIAL; SEL, INSTRUMENT, GLIDER; FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR; MEL, SEL, INSTRUMENT, GLIDER; MS-760 PARIS JET; ADVANCED GROUND INSTRUCTOR

Airplanes Flying/Flown: OVER THE YEARS MY FAMILY HAS OWNED, AND I HAVE FLOWN 2 PIPER PACERS, 2 BONANZAS, CESSNA 170, CESSNA 150, CESSNA 172, PIPER APACHE, STAGGERWING BEECH, AND A D-145 MONOCOUPE. I HAVE PERSONALLY OWNED A CESSNA 150, CESSNA 177RG, AND A PIPER SENECA. IN TOTAL I HAVE FLOWN WELL OVER 100 TYPES OF AIRCRAFT, GLIDERS, AND HELICOPTERS.

 

Q & A

What drew you to aviation? I STARTED FLYING WHEN I WAS 5, WITH MY PARENTS WHO WERE BOTH PILOTS.Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share? I AM AN INTERNATIONAL PILOT WITH NEARLY 18,000 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME IN OVER 50 COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT ALL OF THE CONTINENTS (EXCEPT ANTARCTICA), AND ALL OF THE HEMISPHERES OF THE WORLD. IN ADDITION TO INSTRUCTING AND CORPORATE FLYING, I FOLLOWED IN MY PARENTS FOOTSTEPS IN 1974 BY GETTING INTO WORLD WIDE AIRCRAFT DELIVERY. MY FIRST TRIP WAS IN A CESSNA 206 ACROSS THE ATLANTIC, ENDING UP IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. I HAVE FLOWN AROUND THE WORLD, AND I CONTINUED FERRYING AIRCRAFT WITH EAST AND WEST CROSSINGS OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEANS.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention? FOR 35 YEARS I OWNED AND OPERATED STAFFORD AIRPORT AT LAKE LOTAWANA, MISSOURI, AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE WORLD WIDE DISTRIBUTION OF THE STAFFORD “SENIOR PILOT FLIGHT RECORD AND LOG BOOK”.

Anything else you’d like to add? IN ADDITION TO BEING A CHARTER MEMBER OF SAFE, I AM ALSO ACTIVE WITH THE ARIZONA BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION, EAA, AND I AM A LIFE MEMBER OF EIGHT NATIONAL CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS. I AM  ALSO ACTIVE IN POLITICAL AND ECO FRIENDLY GROUPS. MY WIFE IS A NURSE ADMINISTRATOR IN ARIZONA; MY DAUGHTER LIVES IN ALASKA WITH HER HUSBAND, WHO IS IN THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD AFTER 12 YEARS IN THE AIR FORCE; MY SON LIVES IN MISSOURI AND IS PRESIDENT OF THE MISSOURI PILOTS ASSOCIATION AS WELL AS DIRECTOR OF ENTERTAINMENT AT THE SHARK BAR WHILE HE CONTINUES TO EXPAND HIS AVIATION SKILLS.

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