Dave Shadle started flying in May of 1958 in his hometown of Clinton, Iowa, soloing an Aeronca Champ on his 16th birthday. He went on to earn his Flight Instructor certificate in 1969 and instructed in Davenport, Iowa for about 5 years, during which time he was awarded an FAA Flight Instructor of the Year award in 1974. He was also appointed as and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner in 1973. Mr. Shadle also served as an early volunteer FAA Accident Prevention Counselor.
Mr. Shadle has also served as a corporate pilot flying primarily twin Cessna’s, Beech KingAirs and Falcon Jets. He was also the manager of the flight department at Elliott Beechcraft. He was the Chief Flight Instructor, Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and Check Airman for Elliott and was appointed a Designated Pilot Examiner in the DuPage FSDO in 1977.
He joined the FAA in 1990 as an Aviation Safety Inspector (operations) in the DuPage FSDO, retiring in January, 2001. During his time at the FSDO, he traveled throughout the country as the national resource for the KingAir 300/350. He also did regional resource work in the Cessna Citation.
After retiring from the FAA, Mr. Shadle again became a Designated Pilot Examiner and did some aviation consulting work. He has started five air-charter operations and expanded five others. He has also written numerous manuals for air-charter operators. In November of 2001, he became a charter member of the Great Lakes Wing of Angel Flight America, which is the largest group of volunteer pilots in the country.
Mr. Shadle remains active as a FAA Safety Team lead representative. In May of 2010, he received the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award that recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years.
He has accumulated over 12,000 hours of flight time, and given nearly 4,800 hours of flight instruction. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with both single and multi engine ratings and is type rated on Cessna Citation’s, Beech KingAir 300/350’s and the Beech 1900 Airliner. He also is a gold seal Certified Flight Instructor with a single and multiengine airplane and instrument airplane ratings, as well as a Ground Instructor with Advanced and Instrument ratings.