The Training Operations Committee (TOC) oversees the development of training programs and airmanship-development programs for airmen and airmwomen who are pursuing airmanship excellence within an Airmanship Development Support Organization (ADSO) that has been approved by the CFAE Safety and Standards Committee (SSC).
Capt. William R. Brand serves as the Chairman of the CFAE Training Operations Committee. He retired from United Airlines in 2004 as a captain on the B-737. While at United, he flew the B-737-200, B-737-300 and B-737-500; the A320; the B-777 and the B-727.
He began his long career in aviation in 1962 when he joined the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic/loadmaster on the Douglas C-124 Globemaster cargo airplane. During that time, he learned to fly in a Piper J-3 Cub at the Air Force Aero Club. After he left the Air Force, he went to work as a full-time flight instructor. Capt. Brand’s general-aviation experience includes flying as a volunteer pilot for Wings of Hope in Iquitos, Peru (C-206 on floats), flying as a bush pilot in Alaska (wheels and skis) and flying as a corporate pilot on the B-737-BBJ.
Capt. Brand’s airline career includes service as a pilot and/or flight engineer for National Airlines, Pan Am and Braniff. He also worked as a mechanic and maintenance instructor at Eastern Airlines. He has also served as a ground-school instructor for National Airlines and he was an FAA Flight Engineer Designee at the Pan Am Training Academy. Capt. Brand also served as a B727 captain and Chief of Training for IASCO.
While he was in school at Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale, he worked for Air Illinois as a pilot, mechanic and certified dispatcher. He graduated from SIU with airframe and powerplant certificates and a BS in Occupational Education (Aviation). After his retirement from United, Capt. Brand completed an MS in Aeronautical Science with an emphasis on education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He currently serves part-time as a glider instructor and tow pilot.