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About Aerial Engagement

Aerial Engagement has created a state-of-the-art public flight simulation center that is open to anyone for aviation exploration or instruction. While we are not a flight school and do not provide aircraft or teachers, we have set up the necessary technology and offer our facility to Independent CFIs and their pupils to utilize as they wish. It’s similar to an independent construction contractor renting equipment “as necessary,” we provide the latest training technology for aviators.

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Dedicated To Your Training

According to a recent industry survey, 60 percent of pilots plan to undergo training for a new certificate or rating this year. Additionally, more than half of the pilots who were previously certified but have not flown recently expressed a desire to regain their certification. Certificated flight simulators are widely hailed as an efficient and cost-effective means of achieving these objectives.

The Best Simulators in The Industry

Currently, most simulators are only available at flight schools where enrollment in their programs is necessary in order to use them. Independent CFIs who are not affiliated with these schools are unable to access them. However, this is no longer the case thanks to Aerial Engagement. 

Fairfax O’Riley

Director of Flight Operations

Fairfax O’Riley

Fairfax O’Riley brought a career in aviation analysis and instruction, along with experience as an electrical engineer and software architect to create Aerial Engagement. He draws on a background in military and airline flight operations, instruction, and systems. Fairfax is a Certificated Flight Instructor with over 10,800 hours in a wide variety of airframes, including airplanes, gliders, helicopters, and drones. He has an MBA from Duke University and did his undergraduate work at the University of Santa Clara and Columbia University. He has worked extensively overseas, having been to over 130 countries.

Frank Gomez

Frank Gomez is the Director of Flight Operations for Aerial Engagement. As an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor, Frank is passionate about promoting aviation education and has prepared and recommended applicants for glider ratings at Arizona Soaring, California Soaring Academy, and Hood River (Oregon) Soaring. He has been a leader as an engineer in the aerospace and defense industry with the likes of Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Sirius MicroTech. Frank was graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Frank Gomez

Head Engineer

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Tarah Schwartz

Tarah Schwartz

Tarah Schwartz is the Chief Administrator. She is responsible for scheduling time on the Aerial Engagement simulators and managing the business activities associated with that. She also handles the organization’s outreach to schools and participates in career fairs. An accomplished writer, she is the author of nine books and dozens of blog posts. She is a certificated pilot, graduate of Arizona State University, and holds memberships in Women in Aviation International and the Soaring Society of America.

Mark Lambert

Mark Lambert, Aerial Engagement’s Director of Development, has 35 years of experience in sales and marketing. He sold securities for the national brokerage firm AG Edwards, was vice-president of marketing for a regional bank in Michigan and was Director of Michigan Group Sales for the Auto Club Group (AAA). He has a bachelor’s in business management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University and was graduated from the Bank Administration Institute’s Graduate School of Banking. Mark is a pilot with a sincere appetite for new flight training experiences.

Mark Lambert

Director of Development

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