Dave Coffman has been flying for over 30 years and has over 7,500 hours of accident and incident free flying. He began his flying career by soloing at age 16 and obtaining his Private Pilot’s license at age 17. He continued his education by earning his Commercial pilot’s license and instructor certificates by the time he was 21 and then completing his Bachelor’s degree in Air Commerce, Flight Technology from Florida Institute of Technology and later a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University.
He served in the Air Force as an officer and aviator flying over 2300 hours in the F-16A/B and F-16-C/D as an instructor and standardization and evaluation pilot (check airman) in various assignments in Europe and Asia that included Flight Commander and Assistant Operations officer in the 307th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, GA. He also served as an F-16 demonstration pilot, flying the Opposing and Lead Solo #5 and #6 F-16 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” in over 140 airshows performed in Europe and South America and in all 50 states before millions of spectators as well as the Secretary of State and numerous foreign dignitaries.
He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1999 serving in assignments that included Commander of the 39th Flying Training Squadron, Moody AFB, GA where he served as an AT-38 instructor pilot, teaching student pilots air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. He retired from the Air Force in 2006 and started Higher Calling Aviation in 2009. Dave is a NBAA Certified Aircraft Manager (CAM) http://www.nbaa.org/prodev/cam/overview/ as well as an ATP rated pilot with type ratings in the Embraer Legacy 500, Embraer Phenom 300, Phenom 100 and Citation Mustang. He is also a Certificated Flight Instructor Airplane, Instrument and Multi-Engine with over 1,400 hours as an instructor and evaluator in jet aircraft. He resides in Charleston, SC and flies out of Charleston Executive (JZI) and Charleston International (CHS).