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David L. Couch


Executive Summary & Candidate Overview

David brings a wealth of experience in aviation operations, spanning from his tenure in the U.S. Air Force to his current roles as a Professional Pilot and President/Owner of Red Scarf Enterprises, LLC. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated exceptional skills in piloting, aircraft maintenance, management, and recruiting, contributing significantly to mission success and operational excellence.

Accomplishments and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

With over 40 years of experience, David has accumulated a remarkable record of achievements, including:

  • Exceeding recruitment goals as a USAF Recruiter in a 50,000 square mile zone.

  • Safe operation of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft for Air Force Special Operations Command, accumulating over 3,000 flight hours without a major mishap.

  • Leadership of 91 personnel in various aviation operations, including operations, safety, logistics, and budget management.

Location and Travel
  • Open to: On-Site, Hybrid, and Remote Roles.

  • Compensation Seeking: Open to discussing compensation details upon scheduling a meeting.

  • Position Seeking: Seeking leadership roles in aviation operations, management, and consulting.

Work Experience
  1. Professional Pilot, Retired U.S. Air Force

    • Holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification with multiple ratings and endorsements.

    • Flexibly available with extensive experience in multi-engine, cross-country, and instrument flying.

  2. President/Owner, Red Scarf Enterprises, LLC

    • Provides aviation services and consultation for special aviation needs, focusing on safety, reliability, and affordability.

    • Engages in sales representation, UAS support operations, aircraft ferry services, and regional aviation legislation advocacy.

  3. Phenom 300 Pilot, NetJets

    • Responsible for the safe operation of Phenom 300 aircraft, ensuring exceptional travel experiences for owners.

    • Conducts flight preparations, adheres to regulatory requirements, and executes assigned duties under chief pilot's guidance.

  4. Pilot, Nextant 400XT, Moser Aviation

    • Served as first officer, supporting the captain in safety responsibilities and customer service.

    • Prepared for potential assumption of pilot-in-command duties and ensured compliance with regulations.

  5. Pilot, Sanborn Map Company

    • Executed flight operations as required for projects, coordinating flight plans and maintaining records.

    • Traveled extensively as Pilot-in-Command throughout North America and foreign countries, ensuring project success.

  6. Pilot, MAG Aerospace

    • Operated Cessna 337/O2 aircraft in ISR and CAS roles, coordinating missions with multiple military units.

    • Managed logistics and operations in night and mountainous terrain environments.

  7. Pilot Recruiter, Great Lakes Airlines

    • Conducted recruiting events and screens to build a pool of qualified pilots, managing relationships with industry contacts.

    • Developed marketing plans and managed candidate inquiries, contributing to the growth of the pilot pool.

  8. USAF Recruiter, U.S. Air Force

    • Recruited top talent and developed marketing plans in a large geographical zone, exceeding mission goals.

    • Directed logistics, fleet management, budget analysis, and training activities for eight states.

  9. Special Operations Aviator, U.S. Air Force

    • Safely operated rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, managing aerial operations and leading personnel.

    • Accumulated significant flight hours in various conditions, receiving multiple awards and commendations.

  10. Aircraft Maintenance, U.S. Air Force

    • Maintained weapons delivery systems on fighter and special operations aircraft, ensuring operational readiness.

    • Selected for special team assignments and recognized for cost-saving contributions to the USAF.

  11. Aircraft Maintenance, Various

    • Gained foundational experience in aircraft maintenance on diverse GA, Ag, and Warbird aircraft.

Education & Training
  • Master of Science in International Affairs, American Military University.

  • Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science in Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

  • Certificates in Leadership/Public Policy and Human Resource Management.

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