The Pros

PETE ZACCAGNINO

PETE ZACCAGNINO

Zaccagnino is a three time World Champion race pilot, who currently holds the title as the fastest air racer in the world. He holds 18 world records, has flown over 300 aircraft types and 31 Jets, with over 21,000 flight hours, 674 Atlantic Crossings, 240 Pacific crossings. He has made 11 around the world trips from small planes to large jets and has been to every country except Madagascar.

He is an Airline Transport Pilot, S.E and M.E Seaplane, Helicopter, Glider, Certified Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine Instructor, Seaplane Instructor and Instrument Instructor, plus has multiple Jet Type Ratings, G-111 Grumman Albatross, Military Jets, etc. He is an NTSB accident investigation committee member. A former Professor of Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Aviation History, Pete lectures internationally on topics from Aviation Safety, Meteorology, and Flight Testing to High Altitude flight. Zaccagnino is also a test pilot with over 650 first flights in aircraft including 23 prototypes. He has designed 5 aircraft and built two.

  • 2015 Gold Medal winner Jet Class at Reno Air Races
  • 2013 Gold Medal winner Jet Class at Reno Air Races
  • 2007 Gold Medal winner Sport Class at Reno Air Races
  • Board Member MVP, Aero Inc., Board & Principal Member Racing Jets Inc.
  • BS in Aeronautical Engineering, Embry Riddle University, minor in Math, Chemistry, Spanish and French
  • USAF Survival Land/Sea Training 2008
  • USAF CRM Training 2009
  • Arctic Survival Training 2003
  • Crash Survival Training 2002
KENT EWING

KENT EWING

Kent Ewing is an Eclipse 500 instructor pilot and an FAA Pilot Proficiency Examiner (PPE) and has been involved with the Eclipse jet from the time of certification. Kent was selected as one of the initial cadre of mentor pilots and subsequently served as Eclipse Aviation’s Director of Flight Operations.

As the Director of Flight Ops, Kent was in charge of experimental flight test, production flight test, and all company flights. Since the position at Eclipse, Kent has maintained his leadership skills with positions as Chief Pilot – High Performance Aircraft Group, Chairman – TGV Rockets, Inc. and President of Leitch Video Corporation.

Prior to his current civilian career, Kent had a distinguished military aviation career. Kent was Commanding Officer of the USS America (CV-66) during Desert Storm. He also commanded USS Sylvania (AFS-2), Carrier Air Wing Seventeen, and Attack Squadron Sixty Six. He has flown 18,500 hours in over 100 different military and commercial aircraft, and made over 1150 carrier landings. He is also a graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School Class 65.

Kent crewed with Pete Zaccagnino as Co-Captain on the first two Eclipse jets out of the country on sales tours to the Dubai Air Show in 2007 and to Russia in 2008. Kent has acquired over 1850 hours in the jet and has type rated dozens of customers. As an FAA designated PPE, Kent is authorized to conduct the annual recurrent training check for the Eclipse 500 required by FAR 61.58.

Kent also enjoys flight instructing with the Bonanza Pilot Training organization, flying his classic Beechcraft Baron with his wife Ann, and enjoying time with his family in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Total time – 18,700 hours
  • Turbine time – 9,500 hours
  • Multiple Atlantic crossings
  • Time flown in Europe – 8 months
  • Time flown in ASIA & Russia – 9 Months
  • Survival training completed. USN
  • 2 live ejections
  • Lear Jet 2004, Eclipse 500
  • Recent Flight review – Feb 2015 – FAA observed
KERRY MCCAULEY

KERRY MCCAULEY

Kerry McCauley is an international ferry pilot, author, professional skydiver, and star of an aviation-focused Discovery Channel documentary series.

Kerry started his career in aviation by joining the U.S. Army in 1979 and becoming a UH-1H “Huey” helicopter crew chief. During his 12 year stint in the Army, Kerry graduated from the grueling Air Assault School, Winter Operations Instructor School, and was twice awarded the Army Commendation medal. Obtaining both his skydiving and pilot’s license in 1985, Kerry spent the next 30 years flying and jumping in a full-time career, winning two national skydiving championships, making over 15,000 skydives, while logging 7,500 hours delivering aircraft to over 100 different countries. Kerry currently owns and operates Skydive Twin Cities with his wife, Cathy, and their two children, Claire and Connor, passing on his love for adventure by teaching them how to fly and jump out of perfectly good airplanes.

  • 7,500 TT
  • 1 900 Turbine
  • 105 Atlantic
  • 2 Pacific
  • 6 weeks ASIA
  • U.S. Army Winter Survival Instructor
  • Ocean Survival Course 2013, 2014
  • Jungle Survival Training 2013
  • BFR July, 2015
SEAN VANHATTEN

SEAN VANHATTEN

Sean soloed in a Citabria at 17 and acquired his private pilot certificate while in high school and then attended Central Oregon Community College where he received an AAS in Aviation. While working as a banner tow pilot and flight instructor, he acquired his BS in Physics from Oregon State University. Sean is an active aerobatic competitor in the Advanced category flying a Pitts S-1S, and in 2014 and 2015, he was the northwest regional points leader and placed third in Sportsman and fifth in Intermediate at the US National Aerobatic Championships respectively. Sean holds Airline Transport Pilot and CFI certificates with two type ratings, and has flown over 100 different types of aircraft in a wide variety of operations. He currently works for Elite Pilot Services providing test flying, flight instruction, and ferry services in Epic and Lancair aircraft. When he isn’t flying, Sean enjoys skiing, mountain biking, or anything that will get him outdoors or is building his custom Pitts S-1.

  • Total time: 2800
  • Turbine time: 500
  • Recent flight review: 03/2015